February 6, 2012

Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Last week I found a chocolate chip cookie recipe that I  wanted to try.  The recipe stated that the cookies come out soft, just how I like cookies.  They are also nice and puffy, not flat like the cookies from the recipe on the back of the Toll House bag.   So yesterday Nugget and I made some 'tookies'.

I found the recipe on Apple A Day blog.  She wrote that it is the best chocolate chip cookie recipe because of a secret ingredient.  I was intrigued.

Packing the brown sugar

Adding the chocolate chips...

Stirring, stirring...

Trying to steal a cookie dough ball.
Playing with the truck while we wait for the cookies to bake.
The secret ingredient is cornstarch.  I will admit I thought it was strange, but I figured the worst it could do was give a salty tasting cookie.  I am happy to report, though, it didn't.  The cookies are amazing!  I think this recipe will be my new go-to recipe for basic chocolate chip cookies.

I made a few changes to the recipe.   I doubled the recipe because I live with two cookie monsters and  there wouldn't be enough to share otherwise.  I chilled the dough for about an hour only because of time issues, but it turned out to be a good thing so I will always chill the dough for at least an hour.  Also I had to bake my cookies for 12 minutes.  The original recipe stated not to cook the cookie more than 10 minutes, but it was still too doughy for our taste after 10 minutes.  Twelve minutes was just perfect. 

Here is my doubled version of the recipe.

Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
4 tsp. vanilla
4 cups all purpose flour
4 tspns. corn starch
2 tspns. baking soda
1 tspn. salt
2 cups chocolate chips

Whip the butter with the sugars until fluffy.  Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition.  Add the vanilla.

In a separate bowl combine the flour, corn starch, baking soda, and salt.  Whisk together.  Blend flour mixture into the butter mixture, just until combined.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Chill the dough for at least an hour.

Preheat the oven to 350*.  Drop the cookies by rounded tablespoon onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  Bake for 12 minutes, rotating the cookie sheet at the half way mark.  Let the cookies cool for five minutes on the baking sheet before moving them to a cooling rack.
These are absolutely wonderful. The cookie is soft just like the soft store bought cookies, but I don't worry about the chemicals that are in the cookie to make them soft.  That's a good thing!  Nugget was stealing them hot off of the cookie sheet.  He would say 'hot' but he'd still eat the cookie.  Lil' Stink. 

A Moment to Remember
For as long as I can remember when ever I tell Nugget our plans for the day, I don't know why, but I always end with, "does that sound like a plan".   I had such a giggle when I told Nugget that after his nap we would make some cookies.  I said, 'How does that sound?'

Nugget replied, 'Sound plan.'  I laughed so I had tears in my eyes.  He amazes me every day.


  1. Handsome little helper. Your cookies look wonderful. FYI, you can scoop your cookie dough then freeze the scoops so that you always have some ready to bake and I bake them from frozen, no need to defrost.

  2. Phew I was worried for a minute I thought this was going to be a post without trucks or cars! LOL

    I can't bake cookies they always turn out flat as pancakes, I will try these.

  3. Perfect cookies with the cutest little helper!

    I giggled at the one pic where I could see the Superbowl on the TV in the background. I'm guessing Papa Bear owes you big time for entertaining Nugget during the game! :o) I think a pedicure for mama is in order!

    Mmmm...Hannah and I will need to try making these! I think they'll taste better than the 'oh so fancy' preformed Valentine Pillsbury cookies we made last night! :o)

    thanks for posting! And oh my, what an adorable helper you have there!!

  4. Isn't it amazing what they absorb? Even when you think they're not listening... then they repeat something back and it just makes your heart swell.

    Beautiful cookies by the way. :)