June 15, 2009

Chocolate Chip Cookies

When I first started to pursue baking a couple of years ago, I bought an electric hand mixer. I didn't want to invest too much into something I might not have passion afterwards. So the mixer got me through making muffins, cookies, even tiramisu......for years.

Then, I got a Kitchen-Aid stand mixer (my all-time favorite toy) later on for just $100 for some reason. And I totally fell in love with it as it basically helps me on everything. And it looks really nice posing on my kitchen counter that it makes my kitchen look kinda chic!

When I started to forget my old time friend, I realized that the hand mixer does have its unique skill - making cookies! I can't figure out why, but the hand mixer makes better cookie batter than the stand mixer. The cookies are crisper and lighter while the stand mixer makes more chewy and cakey cookies. Yes, I knew I'm not the one who would abandon the old lover and fall into the arms of another man.

(makes 24 big cookies)
2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 stick unsalted butter, soften
2/3 cup granulated white sugar
2/3 cup light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 cup dark chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350F. Line 2 baking trays with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.

In another bowl, cream the butter and sugars with a hand mixer until light and fluffy, around 3 mins. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the egg and egg yolk, beating until well combined. Beat in vanilla extract.
Gradually add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture and beat just until incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Form dough into 1" balls. Place 12 balls of dough on each baking sheet. Gently flatten each ball of dough into a 2" round. Bake the cookies for about 13-15 mins, rotating the baking sheets halfway through the baking time. The cookies are done when they are light golden brown on the edges.
Remove from oven and let the cookies cool a few minutes on the baking sheet before transferring them to a wire rack to cool.


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