Monday, February 5, 2007

Cookie Perfection?

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I seriously just made up the BEST chocolate chip cookie I have ever made. It is actually a Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie (although I didn't have *quite* enough pb - it doesn't last very long in our home).

These cookies bake up at a lower temperature than I'm used to (325) - plus I *am* using a different oven that what I was previously. This oven actually holds it's correct temperature - amazing!

Also, they just LOOK pretty. Ya know how some CCC's look all flat and deflated? That's usually because you have to take them out when they are not-quite-done in order to avoid "hard" cookies. But I actually had to bake these one minute longer than the recipe called for and they are still nice and chewy. I will have to update tomorrow and we'll see how they do in an air-tight container for a while...

Okay, here's the recipe for interested parties.

PB Chocolate Chip Cookies:

1 c. butter
1 c. PB
1 c. white sugar
1 c. brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. baking soda
2 c. flour
2 c. chocolate chips

that's the basic ingredients. I'm sure you could mess with it here and there - like maybe chunky PB or less of the sugars (they *ARE* pretty sweet) or different kinds/mixtures of flours or different kinds of chips.

Cream the butter, add in the PB - cream together. Add in sugars, mix well. Add in eggs - beat well. Add in flour and baking soda SLOWLY 'till they are all incorporated together. Mix in chocolate chips by hand.
Roll into small balls, place on parchment paper on cookie sheets 2" apart (12 to a regular ol' cookie sheet). Bake at 325 for approx. 15 min. Watch carefully the first few batches to find the perfect time. Let cool on parchment paper a while on cooling racks.

On my lighter metal sheets, the cookies needed to bake about 16-17 min. while my darker sheets only needed 14-15 min. I did reuse my parchment paper (every other batch) and would HIGHLY recommend using parchment paper for those 'perfect' looking cookies.


BTW, I doubled the recipe (yes, that's A LOT of cookie dough) - we (me and my three kiddos) ate a bit of the dough (it is VERY sweet) and I am already on my fourth oven batch (2 dozen cookies each time) - with LOTS left to go! I am definitely going to have to share these cookies with the church staff tomorrow. Even in my preggo, I-can-eat-a-horse state, there's no way we could eat THAT many!

*Michigan Momma*

p.s. the cookie baking process is pretty good for those days when you feel like you aren't a very good mom. We've done lots of praying and laughing and talking over spoonfuls of cookie dough...~MM~

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