Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Epic Cookie Battle #4

The fourth batch of cookies that I made in my epic cookie battle were from a New York Times recipe. 

These cookies were similar to the third batch I made, as both were adapted from a Jacques Torres recipe, although the measurements and instructions are different and they turned out differently as well. 

The cookie on the left is the recipe in this post, and the one on the right is from yesterday's post.
New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies
(Slightly adapted from this recipe) - Makes 20 large cookies

1 1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 cup plus 2 T sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups (minus 2 T) cake flour
1 2/3 cup bread flour
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
2 cups or so chocolate chips or chopped bittersweet chocolate

Cream butter and sugars together.  Add eggs and vanilla.  Sift dry ingredients and add, mixing until just combined.  Add chocolate and mix by hand or on low.  Form large balls of dough (like over-sized golf balls) and press down slightly.  Bake on a parchment lined sheet (4 per sheet only) for 16-18 minutes @ 350.

* The original recipe calls for chilling the dough, which I did, however I don't think I would do it again.  The balls were difficult to form as the dough was too cold, and I think chilling it make the cookies crumblier than they would have been otherwise.


The cookies turned came out very large and quite nice looking, but a little crumbly on the bottom.  I didn't like the crumbliness, but others loved it, so I suppose it is a personal preference thing.

The inside was moist and chocolaty.  Next time I would use chopped chocolate as it melts better than chocolate chips and would be fantastic in this cookie.

The final chocolate chip cookie in my Epic Cookie Battle will make it's appearance tomorrow!

Do you use chocolate chips or chunks of chocolate in your cookies?
How is your week going so far?


Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga said...

I think these cookies LOOK the prettiest but the crumbly factor vetoes them for me. So it's back to Day 1's cookies I think (was that the NYT recipe?)...need to doublecheck but at the end of this week, I'd love to hear your ranking, 1-5 of all the versions and why you ranked the way you did!

Simply Life said...

looks great! lately I have been loving "shaved chocolate" in my cookies!

SIL said...

Can you come bake for me? I usually do chips.

Anonymous said...

I always use chips but I think the chunks taste better. I think I buy the chips out of habit - weird, right?

Ameena said...

Can you come bake for me too? I prefer chunks of chocolate - just so you know. :)

Ashley@Bakerbynature said...

I'll take chips or chunks - just give me one!!

Cookies need to be in my oven asap!

Allysia said...

Those cookies ARE nice looking what with the cracked tops...I'm excited to see the final cookie and the taste results!

Kacy said...

This week has been a doozy. I'm more than ready for the weekend. And I think one of those cookies would help also :)

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I always use chocolate chips in my recipes! never knew people used chunks until the last 5 years when I saw choc chunk cookies!