Tuesday, February 16, 2010
TWD: My (Dorie's) Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
Tuesdays With Dorie has its second classic in a row, this week it’s: My (Dorie’s) Best Chocolate Chip Cookies. Even though the recipes are posted well ahead of time, I pretty much never end up baking the TWD recipe until the Saturday or Sunday before (or occasionally the Monday or Tuesday of) the posting date. However, one night at the end of January, Josh asked if we had any cookie dough in the freezer and we didn’t. Actually, it’s possible somewhere in the very back there might be a tiny stump left, since we are not always great about frozen baked goods. Anyway, of course the one time I bake ahead of schedule, I didn’t manage to take any pictures, so I had to make them again. This wasn’t a huge sacrifice since chocolate chip cookies are quite easy to make and Josh had declared Dorie’s cookies his new favorite, or a close second to the Ad Hoc at Home Chocolate Chips Cookies. But here’s the thing: I’m really beginning to think his “favorite” cookie is whatever I have just handed him straight out of the oven and he’s eating when I ask. I even sometimes try to remind him how much he liked previous treats, based on prior Deliciousness ratings. I decided the best way to figure out what Josh’s actual favorite cookie is was to put several kinds of cookies head-to-head in a blind tasting for him.
Unfortunately, since it’s late on Tuesday night and Josh actually needs to use the computer for work, I’m going to have to keep this post short and post the taste-off results later this week. Definitely before next Tuesday. A lot of bakers reported that Dorie’s chocolate chip cookies were incredibly thin and crispy. Mine were thin, but nice and chewy. Since Josh has an extreme preference for chewy cookies, I generally take them out a little earlier than the recipe specifies and this was no exception. In her description, Dorie presents them as being of the Tollhouse kin, and they do have that classic chocolate chip cookie taste. The first time I made them, I used pre-cut chocolate chunks, then this time I cut up a Valhrona bar and I love how the uneven little bits spread throughout the entire cookies.
Josh rated this cookie a 9 for Deliciousness and I rated it a 2.5 for Effort, for an EDR of 3.6. Many thanks to Kaitlin of Kait’s Plate for giving us a chance to try a new chocolate chip cookie. You can find the recipe here on Kaitlin’s site and visit the TWD blogroll for more cookies.
Gratuitous photo of Josh’s ice cream bowl: CCC, a morning bun I made last weekend, and melted chocolate. He resisted adding a cake pop, since that would be over-the-top.