I loooooooove chocolate chip cookies. The problem is that baking… Well, I like baking, but baking doesn’t like me. I always find a way to mess things up a bit.
So while I was intrigued by this month’s Foodtv.ca Recipe Challenge, I was leery to actually attempt the recipe. But a boring afternoon finally prompted me to give it a try.
One of my peeves are chocolate chip cookies that start out chewy when they’re fresh from the oven, but which turn into little bricks after they’ve cooled and been stored for a few days. This recipe, which calls for corn starch, promised chewy centered cookies. Another peeve/issue I have is burning. Usually my cookies either end up burned on the bottom no matter how I adjust racks and baking times. I think it might be our cookie sheets, but even new sheets didn’t solve that problem. I’ve started using a silicone baking mat, which has almost eliminated the burning problem, but cookies that were meant to “spread” – like chocolate chip – don’t. I can live with that.
As I usually do when baking, I followed the recipe to a “t.” The only change I made was to the chocolate. Rather than chopping up a bar of bittersweet chocolate, I used 60% cacao dark chocolate chips instead. As a lot of other people trying the recipe found, I needed to bake them for a bit longer than the recipe called for: I left them in for about 12-14 minutes, rather than the 8-10 that the recipe called for. And, because I used the silocone baking mat, they didn’t spread out at all. It was only once they were on the baking rack cooling that they slowly turned from rounded dough-shapes into cookies. Odd. But I decided to turn that into a plus, since I was able to stick toothpicks into them to test if they were done.
The result: chewy delicious cookies. Even after they’ve been stored for almost a week in a cookie tin, they are still chewy and not crumbly at all. Success! I’ll be putting this recipe into my cookie cookbook for reference when Christmas rolls around. My one complaint – which probably shouldn’t even be a complaint at all – is that I can only have one or two at a time. These are heavy cookies. One fills me up in a way that a handful of my old cookies wouldn’t. I’m going to mark that up as a success, too… These cookies have built-in portion control. You can only have one!