Chocolate Chip Cookies and Snow

I woke up this morning to the first snowfall of the season,  and though it only lasted a few hours, it was enough to feel like we have finally entered winter. Every winter and holiday season I tend to bake a ton of cookies for various occasions (or for no occasion at all...), but this year I really want to branch out with all the possibilities of desserts and baked goods. For now I couldn't help but begin the season with a universally loved, feel-good cookie: the chocolate chip cookie.

I have yet to find or create a better recipe than Elizabeth Faulkner's chocolate chip cookie recipe. In high school I had to complete a final project where everyone had to find a short term internship, then present to a panel of teachers and the rest of the graduating class. During that time I worked as an assistant in the Citizen Cake bakery in San Francisco where I got to meet Elizabeth and help the pastry chefs with various jobs. After coming home from San Francisco I bought Demolition Desserts, Elizabeth Faulkner's cookbook, and tried out a few of her recipes. For my presentation I made enough pastries for the panel of teachers, and though I can't recall which recipe it was, I do remember it was extravagant and included chocolate. I definitely passed with an A. During that process I also found what I consider to be my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe yet. There are no fancy tricks or secrets, it tastes amazing every time, and like all the recipes in the book it is designed to be easy without any special kitchen equipment.

Elizabeth Faulkner's "Chocolate Chip Cookies Straight Up or with Nuts"
8 tbsp butter, softened
3/4 c packed dark brown sugar
1/2 c + 1 tbsp sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp salt
1 1/4 c + 3 tbsp flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
8 oz chocolate (the recipe says bittersweet, but I always use milk chocolate, and too often I use more than 8 oz)
3/4 c chopped walnuts (optional)

-In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugars
-Add the egg, vanilla, and salt, stirring until just combined
-In another bowl, sift the flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Add flour mixture to the butter mixture and stir until combined
-Add the chocolate chips and nuts. Mix in to evenly distribute
-Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 30 minutes to an hour

Preheat the oven to 350ยบ F
Line baking sheets with parchment paper

-Scoop 1 inch balls of dough onto the baking sheets and set them about 2 inches apart
-Bake for approximately 15 minutes or until golden, rotating the pans at about 7 minutes


Anonymous 10/17/12, 8:49 PM  

Thank you sooo much for posting the recipe. I'm sure you received an A+!


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