The Blogger, The Baker, The Glossy and the Gourmand
When I told my friend Amber about this challenge (you know, to reassure myself that it was pure blogging genius, of course) she had a quick response: the back of the Nestlé Toll House chocolate chip bag. That’s the recipe she swears by. Oh and yes, I am a genius…
So I lined it up as a contender – The Baker, to be precise. Now I know a lot of you passionate bakers will balk at the idea of a Nestlé Toll House recipe being defined as “the baker,” but for many of us domestically-challenged types, that’s exactly what it is — the epitome of baking.
And in the end, it was…sort of.
Here’s the recipe (in case you don’t have it in your pantry as we speak…and you probably do, which immediately justifies its inclusion here):
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
- 1 cup chopped nuts (I skipped the nuts)
PREHEAT oven to 375° F.
COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.
BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
Here’s what I liked about this recipe. It’s EASY. I mean easy as pie, except with cookies. I really didn’t have many challenges except trying to keep Little D from getting her greasy little hands into the mixture. I followed everything step-by-step and within 20 or so minutes, the cookies emerged.
My one complaint? They kept emerging. The recipe made something absurd like 60 cookies, so I ended up spending almost the entire afternoon cooking them…ah well, Little D’s preschool class reaped the benefits the next day.
So how were they? Good. The consistency was exactly what I had been hoping for from Joy the Baker’s cookies — they were a little thinner, crispy around the edges and chewy in the middle.
My definition of a perfect chocolate chip cookie.
The truth is, and even skater hubs agreed, the flavors were simply not as rich and decadent as Joy’s.
They looked great, they tasted fine, they certainly hit the spot but in the end…this is your daughter’s chocolate chip cookie.
Next up – The Glossy.