Did you know that October is National Cookie Month?  Neither did I, but being that Cookie MonsterI
L-O-V-E cookies, I will gladly join in the celebration!  I’ll share some of my favorite cookie recipes throughout the month.  And feel free to share some of your favorites with me too!  Just post in the comments and I’ll pick a few good ones to share at the end of the month.

Today I’ll start with my favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.  One I found from an episode of Good Eats hosted by Alton Brown on the Food Network. 

For your viewing pleasure, here’s the video segment from the Good Eats episode where Alton Brown makes “THE CHEWY”. A link to the original recipe can be found on the Food Network website here–> The Chewy. 

Isn’t the science behind it fascinating?  And believe me – this is the almost perfect cookie.  Now you want to make it right? 

We’ll… after making these ooey-gooey-full-of-chocolatey-goodness cookies on countless occasions, I’ve adapted it slightly.  Here’s how I do it: 

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies (adapted from Alton Brown’s recipe for The Chewy)

2 sticks of unsalted butter chocchipcookie
2 1/4 cups of bread flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
2 Tbs milk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cups of Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Bittersweet Chips
3/4 cups of Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate Chips
3/4 cups of Ghirardelli semisweet chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Melt the butter in a large glass mixing bowl.  Sift together the flour, salt and baking soda into a small bowl, then set aside.

Add the sugar and brown sugar to the melted butter.  Cream the butter and sugars on medium speed.  Add the egg, yolk, milk and vanilla.  Mix until well combined.  Slowly add the flour mixture, until thoroughly combined.  Stir in the chocolate chips.

Chill the dough, then scoop out onto non-stick baking sheets.  Bake for approximately 12 to 14 minutes.  We like our cookies a little under done, so I take them out usually at the 12 minute mark.  About five or six minutes into baking, I move the sheet to the top rack of the oven so the bottoms don’t burn and the tops turn golden brown.  


If you have another stellar chocolate chip cookie recipe I just have to try, please send it my way. 

By the way, if you prefer your chocolate chip cookies Puffy or Thin, in that same episode of Good Eats, Alton also explored the science behind making those.  I’ve linked to the recipes for you. Smile    

Cookie Monster Photo attribution: Adapted from original by Walter Lim from Singapore, Singapore [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons