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Feb 9, 2005 04:14 PM

Chocolate chip cookie recipe wanted

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Hi fellow chowhounders! I am in search of the best chocolate chip cookie recipe - either those that stay soft and chewy or soft and cakey. I pulled some earlier threads and tried the Alton Brown puffy recipe which were fabulous right out of the oven - but the next day they were hard as rocks. Any great recipes out there? Thanks in advance!

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    Here's my grandmother's secret to deal with the "hard as rocks" problem with cakey cookies. She would store them in an airtight container with a slice of Wonder Bread. I think the preservatives in the bread helped keep the cookies soft, just the way I liked them!

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    1. re: farmersdaughter

      it's not preservatives, anything moist will work, a slice of apple, one of those terra cotta things you soak. that's why you would never store crispy cookies with say, a piece of cake, one draws moisture from the other so you end up with soft cookies and dry cake.

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      1. This is my mother's recipe. The oats and pecans give them body and chew which is missing from sugar cookies with chocolate chips stuck in them.

        makes 5-6 dozen

        1 cup butter
        1 cup white sugar
        1 cup soft brown sugar
        2 eggs
        1 tsp vanilla essence
        1/2 tsp salt
        1 tsp baking powder
        1 tsp baking soda
        2 cups plain cake flour
        2 cups oats
        12 oz./375g choc chips (semi-sweet)
        4 oz./125g dark chocolate slab, grated
        1 1/2 cups chopped nuts (pecans recommended)

        Put oats in blender and process to the texture of fine cake crumbs. Cream butter and sugars. Add vanilla, eggs and mix with flour, oats, salt and baking powder and soda. Add choc chips, grated choc and nuts. Roll into 1-inch balls and place two inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet (I use parchment to save clean-up). Bake ten minutes at 375F/190C. They will appear too soft, but will harden as they cool. NEVER cook for longer than 12 min. Resist temptation to overcook!

        I often add a dash of orange juice and some orange zest to the dough to complement the chocolate, but the recipe above is the taste of my childhood.

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          Suburban Chowhound

          Thanks fellow chowhounds for the tips, links and recipes!! I look forward to trying them this weekend!