Dec 172008

I asked Phil to share the secret behind his prize winning cookies, and he came through big time! There’s a lot of great info here and I will be referring back to this the next time I bake cookies. Thanks so much Phil!

I use the recipe/instructions on the Nestle Tollhouse bag:
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar (I like to use dark brown sugar, it has molasses)
2 sticks butter (I cut the butter into half inch pieces, before adding them to the mixing bowl, to help the butter blend better)
2 eggs (large eggs)
1 tbsp vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour (I pack the flour into the measuring cups when scooping it out of the flour bag)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 bag of Nestle chocolate chunks (I use slightly less than the 11.5 oz bag)

I use a Kitchen Aid mixer and a medium size ice cream scoop to portion the cookie dough onto the cookie trays.

Bake for 5 minutes and then swap the baking sheets between oven racks and also rotate them a half turn. I’m not sure if the swapping/rotating really makes a difference but I have always just done that.

Bake for another 5 minutes (the Nestle bag says bake 9 to 11 minutes but I have found 10 to be good) then transfer to cooling rack for 20 minutes.

*Basically, the cookies are ready to come out of the oven when you can slide a spatula underneath a cookie and be able to move/transfer the cookie without it breaking apart or losing form but not so cooked that the bottom of the cookie has changed to a noticeably darker color. Some cookie tops may still have a slightly glossy look to them, about the circumference of a dime, but they will continue to cook while on the cooling rack for a while. If you wait to take the cookies out of the oven until they look ready to eat, the bottom of the cookies will be browner/over cooked by then (and they will continue to cook even while on the cooling rack).

Melt a few squares of Ghirardelli 60% chocolate with a double boiler on medium to medium-high heat. Using a fork, drizzle chocolate over the tops of cookies and then put the cookies in the fridge for 15-20 minutes.

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