|I would say it's a little known fact that Alton Brown is one of my celebrity crushes. Yeah, yeah I know what you're thinking.."Alton Brown?? But he's so nerdy and goofy!". Yes, he is nerdy and goofy, but come on - that's part of his charm!! And besides that, the man can throw down in the kitchen, what woman doesn't love a man who can cook AND bake?? |
But crush factor aside, Alton has let me down today! Or maybe I've let myself down? At this moment I have no idea, which it is. I probably screwed something up, but it feels so much better to blame a man for it. HAHA, just kidding guys!
No but seriously, I just finished baking a batch of Alton's chocolate chip cookies known as "The Chewy" and while they taste good, they look sooo not cute. I've consulted with my dear Anna, the cookie queen herself, and possibly I didn't have the dough chilled well enough, and that's why the cookies basically flattened out as they cooled. The very dark brown-ness I would say is because the recipe called for such a large amount of brown sugar in comparison to the amount of granulated sugar called for. They definitely aren't burnt or even overdone. They just look like it..lol I have another chocolate chip cookie recipe or two that I want to try out, but I will give these another shot sometime to see if next time I can get them to turn out thicker. And I hope more visually appealing, as my Big Bad Dad nicknamed them "Chocolate Chip Cowpatties" because, yes, apparently they resemble the aforementioned. I have spent little to no time in a pasture, therefore I thankfully cannot confirm whether his observation is accurate or not. Ahh, clever guy that Big Bad Dad is.
yields: 2 1/2 dozen
2 sticks unsalted butter
2 1/4 cups bread flour
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
1 egg yolk
2 Tbsp milk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
Melt the butter in a heavy-bottom medium saucepan over low heat. Sift together the flour, salt, and baking soda and set aside.
Pour the melted butter in the mixer's work bowl. Add the sugar and brown sugar. Cream the butter and sugars on medium speed. Add the egg, yolk, 2 tablespoons milk and vanilla extract and mix until well combined. Slowly incorporate the flour mixture until thoroughly combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Chill the dough, then scoop onto parchment-lined baking sheets, 6 cookies per sheet. Bake for 14 minutes or until golden brown, checking the cookies after 5 minutes. Rotate the baking sheet for even browning. Cool completely and store in an airtight container.
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