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Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Patricia Reitz

Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies - ButterYum

Who doesn't love chocolate chip cookies?  We're big fans and I have a family favorite recipe, but I recently stumbled upon a really interesting technique for making really big, really soft, really chewy CCCs that piqued my curiosity so I thought I'd share them with you. 

Check out how big these cookies are!

Okay, the dough is super easy to mix by hand.  

I usually use a #50 scoop for cookies, but these cookies are much larger - they use a #20 scoop.

Sally suggests chilling the dough well before using a scoop to portion the dough, but I scooped it first, then chilled.  Either way, chilling the dough anywhere from 2 hours to 3 days is very important (be sure to cover it well with plastic wrap to prevent it from drying out in the fridge).

When it's time to bake the cookies, use the heat of your hands to roll the cookie dough into smooth balls.

Then shape each of the dough balls into a barrel shape - they should be a bit taller than they are wide. Place 3 chocolate chips on top of each (not necessary, but doing so will look nice then the cookies are done).  Place on prepared sheet pans; bake and cool as directed.

Yum!

Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Printable Recipe

Ingredients

Directions 

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cornstarch, and salt; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the melted butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth.  
  3. Whisk in egg, egg yolk, and vanilla.  
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the reserved flour mixture and mix with a spoon or spatula until well combined.
  5. Fold in the chocolate chips and/or candy coated chocolate pieces.
  6. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and chill for anywhere from 2 hours to 3 days (Sally says this step is mandatory).
  7. When it's time to bake the cookies, preheat oven to 325F and prepare 2 sheet pans with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  8. Allow the cookie dough to sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes.
  9. Use a #20 scoop to measure out each cookie (the cookies are big - about 3 tablespoons each).
  10. Use the warmth of your hands to roll each dough portion smooth and shape into a ball, and then into a barrel (so the dough is a little taller than it is wide - that way they'll puddle into perfect mounds while baking).  
  11. Place 8 portions of dough on each sheet pan and top each with 3 chocolate chips as shown.  If dough gets too soft, chill for several minutes before baking
  12. Bake cookies, one sheet pan at a time, in the center of the oven for 11-12 minutes.
  13. Remove from oven and allow cookies to rest on hot sheet pan for 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to finish cooling (don't be alarmed if the cookies look underbaked when they're removed from the oven).  

Recipe makes 12 cookies.  For a detailed explanation of Sally's technique, visit her blog at Sally's Baking Addiction.