September 3, 2008

Martha's Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

My Youngest recently had his last day of pre-school. This is a pretty big deal since he'll be moving on to kindergarten very soon. So, to celebrate his last day at his pre-school he wanted to bring cookies. Now, they can't be just any cookie but a cookie that had milk chocolate chips, white chocolate chips and M&M's. He's got pretty specific taste in cookies. He likes a simple chocolate chip cookie with extra add-ins.

Of course, when I went to make my usual Chocolate Chip cookie, I realized I was completely out of Butter Flavor Crisco. So, I had to find a new recipe using ingredients I had on hand. I have always had good luck with cookie recipes from Martha Stewart, so as many other bloggers have been doing, I went to her most recent book: Martha Stewart's Cookies: The Very Best Treats to Bake and to Share (Martha Stewart Living Magazine). The recipe for Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies was simple enough and I had everything on hand so no extra trip to the store was needed.

The only change to the recipe I made was to add the white chocolate chips and M&M's since those were the main requirements in the cookies by My Youngest. I did sneak a taste of the batter and I must say, Martha, you do know cookies! Oh my, the flavor was so addictive - and, yes, I know I shouldn't do that but I grew up eating raw cookie dough and it's one of those things I just have to do. I used the smallest scoop I have which was a bit larger than a tablespoon so my cookies were larger than called for in the recipe. I'm sure that's why the centers of the cookies took a bit longer to bake.

These cookies were a huge hit with my family, and with My Youngest's pre-school class and teachers. My Husband actually said he liked these BETTER than my usual recipe. So, Martha, you've done it again!

Martha's Choc Chip Cookie

Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Source: Martha Stewart's Cookies

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature (I was out of unsalted butter so I used salted and they worked out just fine)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon coarse salt
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (I used about 1 cup milk chocolate chips, 1/2 cup white chocolate chips and 1/2 cup M&Ms)

Preheat oven to 350.

Whisk together flour and baking soda in a bowl and set aside. Put butter and sugars in electric mixer bowl. Mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy. Reduce speed to low, then add salt, vanilla and eggs; mix until well blended. Mix in the flour mixture, the stir in the add-ins.

Drop by heaping tablespoons on to a parchment lined baking sheet. Allow 2 inches between each cookie. Bake cookies until edges turn golden but the centers are still soft - about 10-12 minutes. Allow to cool on sheets for a few minutes, then transfer to wire racks to finish cooling.

If you like Chocolate Chip Cookies, you have tons of recipes to choose from in the food blogging world. Go check out these blogs for some inspiration:

Smitten Kitchen shared their Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Cookie Madness has 58 different Chocolate Chip Cookie recipes to tantalize your tastebuds.
Clumbsy Cookie decided to give the Perfect Chocolate Cookie from the NY Times a test-run.


That Girl said...

It makes me unbelievably happy to hear you're still able to send baked goods in with your kids. I had heard rumors Big Brother was trying to put an end to that goodness.

Beth said...

I always used to eat raw dough and cake batter. Hasn't done me any harm. Sounds like he knows what he likes!! My daughter would love these Im sure

Jenny said...

Nothing like a great cookie! Yours look perfect Patsy!

Tom Aarons said...

I'm probably just hopelessly unworldly, but I don't think I've ever seen a chocolate chip cookie with M&Ms... And they look wonderful! :)

RecipeGirl said...

Martha to the rescue! I love for my son to give me advice on which type of cookie he'd like me to bake. It makes it more fun to work from a suggestion...

Joelen said...

This is another cookie recipe I have to add to my must try list! Looks delicious!

Patsyk said...

Thanks, everyone! They were such a hit, that I don't have any left to send in the lunchbox!

And, yes, for now I can still send in baked goods... although the kindergarten teacher doesn't allow sweets or sugary treats for birthdays, so I'll need to get creative for those special days!

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