I’m not really an authority on chocolate chip cookies. I used to make a lot of them when I was 13, but I fell out of the habit in later years. However, I promised one of my tutorials that I’d bake them cookies, and the majority of students wanted said cookies to be of the chocolate chip variety.
I could hardly bake cookies for some of my students and not all, so I found myself trawling Ze Interwebz for a good chocolate chip cookie recipe that would feed at least 50 kiddlywinks.
How could I go past a recipe that proclaimed to make “The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies EVER!” (emphasis in original)?
I couldn’t. I also couldn’t tell you if these truly are the best cookies, but in making them I learnt a few crucial and life-altering things.
1. If you’re used to working with small amounts of ingredients mixed together by hand, keep in mind the fact that making a huge batch of batter with an electric mixer necessitates a different level of care.
In other words… putting a cup of butter and two cups of sugar into an electric mixer and turning the power level immediately to “high” = KABOOM. Sugar and butter everywhere.
2. If you’ve just spent ten minutes cleaning butter and sugar from the kitchen bench whilst your dog licks butter and sugar off the kitchen floor (note to self: mop kitchen floor), keep in mind that you still have a lot of batter in the bowl and adding the flour necessitates a certain level of care.
In other words… adding two-and-a-half cups of flour to the batter in an electric mixer and turning the power level immediately to “high” = KABOOM. Sugar, butter, and flour everywhere.
I swear, if you’d put me into the oven at this point I would’ve turned into a human cookie. So many sugar crystals, butter flecks and flour snowflakes in my hair.
3. It’s a wonderful feeling when your students love your cookies and proclaim them to have the perfect blend of crispy edges and chewy middles. Hurrah! Success! Who cares if you haven’t yet even chosen a topic for your PhD!
4. Tutorials that start with cookies and storytime* and end with legitimate discussions about female orgasms and Lady GaGa are pretty much the best tutorials ever. So while I can’t say unequivocally that these are the best cookies ever… I am fairly certain that I have some of the best students ever. You guys rock. (Not that many, if any, know or read this blog. If you are reading this and are one of my students, though, come out of the woodwork and say hi!)
The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies For Tutorial Discussions EVER! (see what I did there?)
Adapted from Savory Sweet Life. Makes about 50, even taking into consideration any KABOOMS you might experience. Oh, and my adaptations arose simply out of a lack of ingredients, not deliberate wilfulness.
- 1 cup (250) butter (original recipe said salted, I used unsalted)
- 1/2 cup (110g) caster sugar
- 1 1/2 cups (330g) brown sugar (I ran out of brown sugar, so my mix was more like 270g brown sugar and 170g caster sugar)
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 2 1/2 cups (340g) plain flour
- 1 tsp Murray River Sea Salt – it’s pink! Pink I tell you! (or another small-to-medium coarse sea salt)
- 2 1/4 cups (375g) chocolate chips (I accidentally bought milk chocolate chips, but would normally opt for dark. Still, people loved ‘em! Loved ‘em! Pink I tell you!)
- Preheat oven to 180°C (360°F).
- Cream butter and sugars in an electric mixer at a medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Or, you know, 7, if you have to stop and clean up after the KABOOM.
- Add eggs and vanilla and beat for 2 minutes. Add baking powder, baking soda, salt, and flour, and keep beating until it’s all incorporated. (Again, taking some time to clean up after the second KABOOM.)
- Lastly, mix in chocolate chips. Then spoon about 2 tablespoons of dough onto baking paper-lined baking trays, and bake for 12-14 minutes until the edges are golden.
- Remove tray from oven and leave cookies alone for 2 minutes, then lift the baking paper off the tray (with the cookies on it) and leave them to cool for another few minutes. Eat immediately, or save for your stupendously brilliant students who from now on will always do their readings in preparation for the tutorials. Right?
- Repeat over and over until all the batter is used and you have a bucket-load of cookies on your bench. Ta-daa!
* Yeah, I’m really not kidding. I found an old picture book of mine called “What Do You Say, Dear?” which is subtitled “A Handbook of Etiquette for Young Ladies and Gentleman to be Used as a Guide for Everday Social Behaviour”. I absolutely handed out cookies, perched on my desk, and read the picture book aloud to my 18-year-old students. I highly recommend you find a copy of this book. It’s pure gold.