Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Dorie Greenspan's Best Chocolate Chip Cookies (TWD)
Week 1 of my "crazy-ass detox plan" (as oh so appropriately described by my homegirl Mary, The Food Librarian) is in the books, with two more weeks to go. Detoxing and food blogging is not a very good combination (I know...DUH!!!). When I peruse all of your beautiful blogs, I get cravings that are more intense than when I'm in the kitchen baking....seriously.
I'm no saint, but so far I haven't not veered off the plan. Still, there is not a day that goes by without my longing for a cup of coffee, a glass of red wine, brownies, ice cream, cheese, sushi...the list goes on and on. Okay, enough of my whining...
This week's Tuesdays With Dorie selection is what Dorie Greenspan dubs her Best Chocolate Chip Cookies. I don't know of anyone who doesn't have an opinion on what makes a perfect chocolate chip cookie - thick vs. thin, crispy vs chewy, nuts vs no nuts, milk chocolate vs bittersweet, butter vs. shortening, etc.
I've done my share of research and baked through a long list of recipes, and none have been able to trump Jacque Torres' version as my absolute favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. I've written about this heavenly cookie here.
I haven't tasted Dorie's recipe, so I won't be able to do a comparison until next month (I have some cookie dough sitting in the freezer for this purpose). I sent these cookies to my hub's work, and he reported back with rave reviews from his colleagues...a good sign.
Dorie's states that her recipe is in the thin and crisp category, but I think many of the TWD bakers (myself included) were caught off guard by how much these cookies spread in the oven. The first batch that I made spread into one giant cookie....make sure to space the dough far apart!
For this recipe, I finely chopped pecans, and hand chopped a block of Calleabut bittersweet chocolate. In Dorie's notes, she recommends that bakers forego the packaged chips and hand chop chocolate for their recipes. I wholeheartedly agree with her!
Thin and crispy, these cookies are perfect for ice cream sandwiches:
For the complete cookie recipe, please visit Kait's Plate.