The Chewy

** This post was imported as a part of my top 30 from my old blog – What’s Cooking in the Orange Kitchen**

One of my favorite Food Network stars has always been Alton Brown. When I was first getting into cooking his shows were really helpful because he takes one thing and focuses an entire episode on it. So you will learn several different techniques for using an ingredient or several different ways to create a dish. The science behind it is also extremely helpful for a new cook and he does a really great job of breaking things down. For this reason, I knew that I was going to have to try this recipe when I started seeing it pop up in all of my favorite blogs.

This cookie came from one of Alton Brown’s shows where he made a few changes to the classic Nestle Toll House chocolate chip cookie recipe to make three distinct types of cookies. The Chewy, The Thin and The Puffy. While I probably will not try The Thin cookie, The Chewy sounded right up my alley.The result was just as I had expected, great! The cookie is definitely chewy and the I like how the chocolate flavor really comes through. I would like to try to make this again and cut back on the butter a tiny bit because I felt like they were just a tad greasier than I like, but other than that I would make no changes! **Edit 6/11 After sitting for a day the cookies are even better! I am not sure I will change the amount of butter next time. I may expiriment with 1 1/2 sticks, but after cooling all the way, they are no longer “greasy”**


The Chewy
(Source: Alton Brown via The Beantown Baker)

Ingredients

2 sticks unsalted butter
2 1/4 cups bread flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

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 (I chilled my dough for 1 hour), then scoop onto parchment-lined baking sheets, 6 cookies per sheet (I was able to fit 12 cookies per sheet using my medium scoop). Bake for 14 minutes or until golden brown (mine were finished in 12 minutes), checking the cookies after 5 minutes. Rotate the baking sheet for even browning. Cool completely and store in an airtight container.

*TIP* When storing chocolate chip cookies, keep a slice of bread in the air tight container. It will keep the cookies moist and chewy!