Wednesday, October 31, 2012

New York Times best chocolate chip cookies

It's not easy being patient.. ^^

And I'm still not sure resting cookie doughs does anything.. ^^|| But after a 48-hour wait, we finally tasted new york times best chocolate chip cookies! (^^)

Noticed the back-to-back chocolate chip cookie bakes? It's deliberate ^^.. I'm on a quest to compare our favorite and a "best" chocolate chip cookie recipe. There's even a "kinda" mention of the "best" recipe by david lebovitz in his book, ready for dessert, and lynna ~ heartsinmyoven made this not too long ago too ^^!

New York Times best chocolate chip cookies ( and heartsinmyoven)

2 cups minus 2 tablespoons (8 1/2 oz/240g) cake flour
1 2/3 cups (8 1/2 oz/210g) bread flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
2 1/2 sticks (1 1/4 cups/285g) unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups (10 ounces) light brown sugar (I used 220g ^^)
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (8 ounces) granulated sugar (I used 200g ^^)
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons natural vanilla extract
1 1/4 pounds/560g bittersweet chocolate disks, at least 60% cacao (I used my usual choc chips ^^)  
some sea salt.

1. Sift flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Set aside.

2. Cream butter and sugars together until very light, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, till well incorporated. Stir in vanilla. Reduce speed to low, add dry ingredients and mix til just combined. Fold in chocolate pieces. Divide dough into 3-4 batches, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 24 to 36 hours. Dough can be refrigerated for up to 72 hours. 

3. Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or non-stick baking mat.

4. Scoop 3 1/2-ounce mounds of dough (the size of generous golf balls) onto baking sheet. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt and bake until golden brown but still soft, 18 to 20 minutes, or slightly longer, if you like them crisp ^^

These cookies actually turned out thicker and didn't spread as much compared to david's cookies. They are almost as light/fluffy/aerated as david's cookies (which are quite like famous axxs cookies in texture, cooled/the next day, if you baked them crisp ^^). But fresh out of the oven, these cookies tastes kind of "cakey-cookie", as baby pig puts it ~ and he can be so spot-on sometimes ^^!

So are they good? Yes, they're very good ^^!

Would I make this again? Most unlikely.. ^^||

Why? Bread flour+cake flour vs just all purpose flour.. no brainer, right? ^^

David's chocolate chip cookies' still our FAVORITE!!! (^^)

p.s. 1 "best" recipe down ^^.. 1 "perfect" recipe to go ^^
p.p.s. a rainy and gloomy afternoon.. pics looks just as sad ^^||.. luckily, cookies taste nothing like the weather ^^


The Squishy Monster said...

It seems that the general consensus is that these are awesome...I must try the soon!

Mel said...

Chocolate Chips Cookies again? You must be a fan of chocolate chips. Yes, I do heard about this famous New York Times Best Chocolate Chips. wanted to try previously, but after finished baking, no one to help me to finish the cookies so the recipe being in the "Wait List Folder". How nice if I have nieces, nephews or if I work in the kindergarten...then my cookies will be .... "aah, so fast no more left?"

pudgy butterfly said...

dear squishy, these are very good.. but we still prefer david's awwwesome cookies ^^

pudgy butterfly said...

i'm not exactly a fan of cookies, mel.. my piggies and fatty hubby are ^^ i'm just a curious choc chip cookie hunter ^^ but choc chip cookies are always super-delicious once properly cooled/the next day ^^

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

I remember Lynna's post on this too. Now I need to print out your David Lebovitz's cookies! I actually don't follow his blog. I'm going to check it out now.

pudgy butterfly said...

hi nami, you need to try out david's recipe ^^ they are really easy and super-duper good! we prefer them crisp, though.. hope you like them too ^^

Cathleen said...

I have seen these everywhere, and I have been meaning to try them. They look fantastic!

Lisa Ho said...

yay... another chocolate chip cookies

pudgy butterfly said...

hi, cathleen.. these cookies are pretty good.. but if you don't have cake or bread flour, don't bother.. just check out david lebovitz recipe ^^

pudgy butterfly said...

all in the name of the great famous axxx choc chip cookie quest, lisa ^^

Lynna said...

I`m still out there for a perfect recipe as well! I LOVE this version, but I love my cookies crispier, which is why this isn`t my favorite. But, it`s undoubtedly, GOOD.

pudgy butterfly said...

i left these cookies baking for a few minutes extra for crispy cookies ^^ soft and chewy is ok, sometimes.. but it's still the crispy ones that do it for us ^^ so it was still pretty good ^^