I started this blog so my daughters could find all of our family favourite recipes in one place. It has actually grown into more than just the family favourites but also other recipes we've tried out in our kitchen. I don't like to fill up the post with alot of chatter. Sometimes there's a little story to tell, but usually I like to get right to the point. So this is for them, but hope you find some recipes that you like as well. I'll be sharing a lot of recipes, and along the way you'll find some crafty things and maybe some helpful hints too!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Chocolate Chip Cookies 4 Ways

Mix up one batch of cookie dough and make 4 different kinds of chocolate chip cookies.  I was so concerned with recording the different methods of baking that I didn't think to count how many cookies I made until after we had taste tested a bunch of them. Oops!
But it was about 3-4 dozen good sized cookies.

3  1/2 cups flour
1 tbsp cornstarch
1  1/2 tsps baking powder
1  1/4 tsps baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

1  1/4 cup butter, at room temperature
1  1/3 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
2 tsps vanilla
2 egg yolks
1 whole egg

1  1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
2/3 cup chopped walnuts
1/3 cup shredded coconut
coarse sea salt for dipping ( don't skip this )

Mix the dry ingredients together and set aside.

Cream the butter and sugars together, then add vanilla, egg yolks and egg.  Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet, then fold in the chocolate chips, walnuts and coconut.

Line baking sheets with silicone mats or parchment paper.

So here's where we get to the 4 ways. Divide the cookie dough and put half in the fridge covered in plastic wrap to chill, about 1  1/2 hrs.

Now divide the unchilled dough in half again.

Method 1
Roll into 1  1/2 tbsp sized balls, dip tops in sea salt (this really does give the cookies an extra something!) and place 2" apart on cookie sheet.

Press down gently. Bake at 350 F for 10-12 mins. 
This way makes a nice crisp cookie. My personal favourite.
Method 2
With the other half roll into 1  1/2 tbsp sized balls, salt and place on cookie sheet.

Don't flatten this time and bake only 10 mins.
This makes a soft, doughy cookie.

Method 3
Take the other half of the dough out of the fridge and divide in half. Take a half, roll into balls, dip in salt and place on cookie sheet.

Do not flatten. This time bake at 400 F for 9 mins.
Ok, this one was runner-up to my favourite.  Crisp on the outside and soft inside.

Method 4
With the last half roll, dip and place on sheet. Press down center with your thumb

and bake at 375 F for 11 mins.
Sort of like method 1 but not as pretty and a little softer.

Now that you've tried the different baking times and temps the next time you make this recipe you can make a whole batch of the one you like the best.
Method 1:
Method 2:
Method 3:
Method 4:
Which one do you like the best?

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