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.

29 comments:

Jennifer said...

Your cookies look amazing!

We loved these!

Amy said...

Holy Crap! You not only made these while in the midst of a detox/cleanse thing, but you even made ice cream sandwiches with them??? Wow. I applaud your discipline with that.

Yours look delicious!

Ingrid said...

I agree with Jennifer they look amazing and Mary you're crazy! :)
~ingrid

The Food Librarian said...

These cookies look great! Too bad you are still on that crazy-ass plan. :) Did I really say that? - mary

chocolatechic said...

Your cookies look so good.

I'll be making these in a little bit, and posting them tomorrow.

Valerina said...

Wow, good luck with the detox.
Your cookies look great, I love that wrinkled texture around the edges! But I agree, these were quite thin and in need of major stuffing.

Eliana said...

You have some incredible will power to be in the middle of a detox and not have eaten these amazing looking cookies. I commend you and need to take a page out of your book.

myfamousrecipe said...

I'm dying to eat your cookies just from seeing the photos. I'm so impressed with your willpower (especially after using fancy Callebaut chips). You'll have to report back on how you liked these when you can pull open that freezer and bake a batch. Based on the pictures, I predict excellent results!

Mary said...

The marbling looks amazing! I'm definitely going to chop up chocolate from now on. I was surprised how thin these were too, but thought they tasted pretty good anyway.

Beryl said...

Your willpower is amazing. I did a 7 day detox and it nearly killed me. I felt great afterwards though. But now you have a freezer full of cookie dough to look forward to!

Tracey said...

Your willpower is admirable! I wouldn't survive 1 day of a detox plan :) I hope you like the cookies when you finally get a chance to try them. They were too thin and crispy for me.

Megan said...

Dang, girl - you've got some serious willpower going on there. Oh course, the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel (or in this case, cookies at the end) would be enough to keep me going!

Leslie said...

I couldn't do a detox and bake chocolate chip cookies. Just wouldn't work, unless I was cleansing myself for the invasion of 6 chocolate chip cookies. Your photos are amazing; you did a great job of capturing the luscious chocolate.

SUGAR B said...

What's DETOX? Ha! I tried it once and it was EPIC FAIL.

Love the pics of the CCC. Makes me want to forget whatever diet!

cindy said...

Wow, what will power! As I am eating some of next weeks wheat germ cookie dough--it's good.
I will have to try your favorite cc cookie recipe. I left out half the butter (by mistake) so my cc cookies were on the cakey, chewy side. It was an edible mistake.

jillbert said...

Mine were thin but also chewy, which was surprising.

Good luck with the detox. I don't know if I'd last longer than a day!

margot said...

Those cookies look wonderful, I'm impressed you can bake something so yummy and not sample. I have been trying to reduce my sugar intake a bit and even that's hard, so I can only imagine what a detox cleanse is like.

Liz said...

Whoa, crazy willpower! I could never bake cookies and not sneak a taste here..or there...or everywhere! Glad they were a hit, and g'luck with the remaining 2 weeks!

Kayte said...

What a great idea to put ice cream between these cookies...I think the thinness is an asset for that for sure! Your cookies look wonderful. They were a big hit here as the guys like crispy and crunchy in a cookie!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

oh my gosh--the gooey chocolate and the ice cream sandwich-yum!!

Teanna said...

I feel your pain! I'm always watching what I eat and rarely let myself actually eat more than a bite of any of these recipes that I make! And then I peruse the blogs and my stomach grumbles like crazy! You have fantastic willpower! Those cookies look great!

Tia said...

great color on yours! i did a creamsicle version.

Flourchild said...

Why are you detoxing!? I could NOT do that. Your cookies with the icecream looks so good!

TeaLady said...

Well,girl, those look mighty tasty. Hope you like them when you finally get to taste them.

Love the sandwich.

Nichi said...

Wow no way would I tempt myself with CC cookies during a detox!

Anne said...

I think I would DIE making chocolate chip cookies and not at least testing the dough- good for you! I love the idea to make these ice cream sandwiches, too.

LDH said...

Hi Linda! Not only do I see beautiful photos of delicious food but also an adorable doggy face! What a cutie!

Thanks for stopping by my place and leaving your comment!

Kindly, ldh

Carol Peterman said...

It's one thing to not eat the lovely cookies you bake, but then to make ice cream sandwiches with them! Just twist that knife a little more!

Liquor License New York said...

This really looks delicious. I'm definitely craving for a plate of that right now. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe. This is definitely a must do recipe this weekend since I got my Alcohol Training.

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