big, fat, chewy chocolate chip cookies

ok ok... I know I've been a bit MIA for the past week, but with all the work that's been taking over my body, I had little time to talk about food. oh I cooked it, and I baked it. and I even photographed quite a bit of it... but to actually have time to write about it just didn't happen.
so here's the thing. I'm not a chocolate person. don't get me wrong, I really enjoy a big chunk of dark chocolate or a fat, chewy caramel covered in milk chocolate just as much as the next person, but when it comes down to it, I'd prefer something else. like some other type of sugary goodness. that being said, I'm not normally a chocolate chip cookie baker. and even more, I'm not normally a chocolate chip cookie baker TWO weekends in a row. seriously, they are that good. and definitely worth taking a break from working to eat a cookie or two... or three.

Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
recipe from AllRecipes.com via smitten kitchen

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 egg
1 egg yolk
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips - {I only use 1 1/2 cups}

• preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.
• sift together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside. in a medium bowl, cream together the melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar until well blended.
• beat in the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until light and creamy. mix in the sifted ingredients until just blended.
• stir in the chocolate chips by hand using a wooden spoon. drop rounded balls of cookie dough, about a spoonful at a time, onto the prepared cookie sheets. cookies should be about 3 inches apart.
• bake for 15 to 17 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges are lightly toasted. cool on baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

• once cookies have cooled completely, smash about a 1/4 cup of vanilla ice cream in the middle of two cookies for a delightful summer treat.

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Blogger Tartelette said...

I am not a chocolate chip cookie eater either...until they are right in front of me!! They look delicious!

June 8, 2008 at 10:15 PM  
Blogger Aran said...

well, I am a chocolate chip cookie dough eater! and once they are baked if you add vanilla ice cream in between two of them... oh heaven!

June 9, 2008 at 8:46 AM  
Anonymous michelle @ TNS said...

i'm a dough fiend, so i can't see these even making it to my oven (which is just as well, since it's a thousand degrees in nyc right now).

although aran is onto something with the ice cream sandwich idea. and i just happen to have some homemade chocolate ice cream in the freezer.

the wheels, they are turning.

June 9, 2008 at 9:17 AM  
Blogger alyson. said...

thanks for the comments!! and let me just tell you, they are fantastic with ice cream. if you notice the last instruction listed on the recipe says a delightful summer treat is to smash ice cream between them!!! YUM!

June 9, 2008 at 9:21 AM  
Blogger Patricia Scarpin said...

These look amazing. And so does your blog - I have gotten here through Helen (Tartelette) and I'm so glad! I have been missing out!

June 9, 2008 at 10:16 AM  
Blogger roopa said...

I'm not really a chocolate chip cookie fan but those look just right! And the photograph is wonderful.

June 9, 2008 at 11:03 AM  
Blogger Molly said...

My favorite with ice cream is strawberries, but I think I could make an exception here. Loving the picture.

June 10, 2008 at 1:22 PM  
Blogger kickpleat said...

man, those look perfect. it's been a long while since i've had a really great chocolate chip cookie. i'm bookmarking!

June 10, 2008 at 3:15 PM  
Anonymous Carrie said...

I tried these today and they are great!

June 14, 2008 at 5:11 PM  
Anonymous Borda said...

I made your cookies last week for my friend Matt's going away party. Besides the fact that I forgot Matt doesn't eat chocolate, they were fabulous! I don't know if you remember, but about 2 years ago I was on a quest for the perfect chocolate chip cookies. My quest is over!

June 17, 2008 at 1:38 PM  
Blogger a friend to knit with said...

hey alyson.
just made these. they are fantastic.
will have to use them as one of our cookie of the weeks! thanks.

July 4, 2008 at 11:02 AM  
Anonymous Jessica said...

these are looking simply delicious. I am baking a whole slew of stuff for my house warming this weekend and these might be one of them.

July 23, 2008 at 2:05 PM  
Blogger elizabeth said...

okay i am trying these today! without a doubt. i am always up for adding another chewy chocolate chip cookie recipe to the stash.

gorgeous blog :)

July 25, 2008 at 7:40 AM  
Blogger john said...

your blog is amazing; and so cleverly branded. kudos :)

October 12, 2008 at 9:59 AM  
Anonymous Rachelle said...

This is my go-to recipe. I've link to this page from my photoblog. Thank you, thank you for sharing the perfect recipe!!! :)

June 14, 2009 at 8:09 AM  

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