I should throw out an early disclaimer and say outright that I am not calling these the "best chocolate chip cookies ever." I haven't even eaten enough chocolate chip cookies to make such a judgment. But these cookies are rather tasty, albeit slightly silly. They aren't any quicker or easier than a general chocolate chip cookie recipe, nor do they boast the flavors of overnight resting (too lazy for that) or have the finesse of the beautiful cookie recipes by bloggers I admire, like Ashley or Tara.
Have I convinced you that these aren't worth even trying? Well before you leave, please let me explain. Last Sunday, I tried to make basic, simple chocolate chip cookies from scratch for a little football viewing party at the guy's house. I thought they'd be perfect. And perfect they most certainly were not. I pulled out of the oven that day cookies thinner than a sheet of paper, ones that spread across the entire pan, giving me not even like a giant cookie but something more like cookie soup.
So last night after work I started fresh. I spent a couple hours reading over the science of cookies, then set off to see what other bloggers have done. There's so many things you can do to cookies - spices, different chocolates, salt, possibilities up the wazoo. All sounding incredibly delicious. And then the light bulb went off in my head and I took out my phone. I decided I was going to gather the opinions of some of my most favorite non-bakers around. I texted each of them separately, asking what is the secret ingredient to the classic chocolate chip cookie. The responses were great - among them were butterscotch (Kelsey), nutmeg (Andrew), pink himalayan sea salt (Cassie), brown sugar (Ben), extra chocolate (Revathi), cream cheese (Audrey), and Asian tears (thanks, James). Inspired by my dear friends, I spent the afternoon trying to combine all these secret ingredients into an ultimate chocolate chip cookie. It was a fun little challenge and the result is a rather tasty cookie. Made even tastier with the thoughts of my dear friends.
Happy Wednesday everyone! And have the happiest Halloween - I'm going to be a pineapple!
Secret ingredient chocolate chip cookies
1/4 cup cream cheese, softened
12 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup bread flour
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup butterscotch chips, melted
8 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
Pink Himalayan sea salt, for topping the cookies
Preheat oven to 375 F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
In a medium bowl, mix the flours, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder, and salt and set aside.
In a large bowl, beat the butter, cream cheese, and sugars until well combined (the mix should look light brown and slightly "fluffy"). Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until well combined. Then add in the melted butterscotch chips and mix until well combined.
Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until you can see streaks of flour but most of the flour is well combined. Then add the chopped chocolate and mix until well combined.
Take a 1.5 tablespoon cookie scoop (or just use your hands to make the dough into a ball) and place on the baking sheets.
Press down on the balls slightly and then sprinkle some pink sea salt on each cookie.
Bake in the oven for 10-11 minutes. Be careful not to overbake! Enjoy after letting it cool slightly (don't burn your mouth!) - it's great with milk!