September 21, 2015

Black and White Chocolate Chippers

Black and White Chocolate Chippers... just like the mall but even better.

Another day, another cookie recipe, complete with quick instagram photo. I have nothing amazing to report except that everyone loves these. People ask for the recipe all the time so I figured it was time to repost it. The chocolate dough is absolutely delicious and very flexible. My brother in law always requests these with chocolate chips instead of white. I prefer white chocolate, Andes mint, or peanut butter chips in these. Reese's pieces or chopped up Reese's would be delicious too. Or mint M&M's. You can't go wrong here.

To get the beautiful black color, use at least half Hershey's extra dark chocolate cocoa powder if you can find it (they carry it at my grocery store and it has a red label). I'm all for kitchen short cuts but don't forget to sift, or at least stir together with a fork the whole dry team in a bowl so it's evenly distributed. The cocoa powder is always lumpy for me.

Black and White Chocolate Chippers
from Anne Strawberry

Yields 3 dozen standard size cookies

2 cups Flour 
1 1/4 cups Cocoa powder (Half regular cocoa powder, half Hershey's Special Dark if available)
2 teaspoons Baking Soda
3/4 teaspoon Kosher Salt
3/4 cup Brown Sugar
1 cup Sugar
1 cup Butter, softened
1 extra large Egg, at room temperature
2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
2 cups white chocolate chips (I prefer Ghirardelli or Guittard)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare baking sheets (Grease or line with silicone baking sheet or parchment paper).

Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Set dry ingredients aside.

Cream together the butter, brown sugar and white sugar until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes in the KitchenAid). Add egg and beat well. Add vanilla and mix until well combined.

With the mixer on low, slowly add in the dry mixture, stirring until just incorporated. Fold in white chocolate chips. Scoop onto the prepared cookie sheet and squish slightly if flatter cookies are desired (I think the cookies look prettier if they are squished about half way down before baking).

Bake for 8-10 minutes. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Serve with milk and store in an airtight container.

September 1, 2015

Chocolate Chip Cookies

(Please see this newer post of my current current chocolate chip cookie recipe)

My kids keep growing up- my little man is in third grade now and Baby Strawberry started kindergarten! That leaves me at home with a baby and a toddler now that school has started. It's unbelievably quiet around the house now that my Chatty Kathy is back in school! I'm trying to get into a good routine and that includes more cooking and baking. Summer heat will end around here soon I hope (haha) and I am already pinning away baking recipes. I've delved into podcasts and try to read grown up books occasionally but seem to spend more time cleaning up after kids than I ever anticipate.

While I wash dishes and after I drop the kids off, I'm currently listening to:

Spilled Milk (Molly Wizenburg- I LOVED her book Delancey. This podcast isn't suitable for kids!)
Sorta Awesome
Edit Your Life (from the creator Parent Hacks)
Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert
Ted Talks Audio
Bon Appetit (don't miss the episode with Ina Garten!!)

My kids (and I) love:

Story Nory
Sparkle Stories

Do you have any podcasts to recommend? I have The Mystery Show and This American Life on my queue but haven't gotten to them yet.

My current and always struggle is the perfect chocolate chip cookie. This is the first recipe I ever made on my own and one I always come back to. I've had a few friends ask how I make mine so I'm recording my current method. I like my chocolate chip cookies chewy, chocolaty, and salty. Lots of brown sugar and evenly shaped through a cookie scoop. Temperature of dough, pans, and kitchens also seem to make a difference. I use a half sheet pan with a silpat. Has anyone tried the Amazon brand silicone mats? I have several name brand Silpats and a couple knock offs and have been pleasantly surprised. I would definitely recommend one with the cut off corners so it fits nicely in your sheet pan. If you end up using the same pan again, make sure it's cool before you scoop the dough onto the pan (sometimes I run mine under cool water once they've cooled to the touch).

A note about the butter: I used to soften my butter until it was super super mushy. Recently I've decided that my cookies turn out better with cooler butter. My kitchen runs hot (Arizona problems) but I only set it out for five or ten minutes and then go for it. It's soft enough for the KitchenAid to make swift and thorough work of the butter but it still completely holds its shape.

Do you have an ultimate chocolate chip recipe? I've made and posted them so many times but I'm always hunting for the elusive perfect one. I keep telling myself that even if they don't come out perfectly, they're still delicious (remember, "it doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful!") My kids never object to a fresh batch!

Anne's {current favorite} Chocolate Chip Cookies
from Anne Strawberry

1 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated (white) sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) butter- barely softened
1 egg
2 teaspoons good vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher/sea salt + more for sprinkling
2 1/4 cups flour
2 cups chocolate chunks or chips (I prefer semisweet or a mix of milk and dark chocolate, whatever you have)

Preheat oven to 350.

Cream sugars and butter in mixer for one minute. Beat in egg until thoroughly combined. Mix in vanilla. Add dry ingredients and slowly mix for about 30 seconds until combined. Mix in chocolate for about 10 seconds (or by hand with a spatula). Be careful not to over mix the dough once flour is added.

Scoop cookies onto cool cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or silicone mat. Sprinkle with a bit of salt. Bake 8-10 minutes. Remove cookies to cooling rack and enjoy.