January 12, 2015

Chocolate Chip Cookies

In August around the same time as the Minnesota State Fair, I saw a segment by Steve Hartman on the CBS News about Martha Olson, who bakes and sells homemade chocolate chip cookies at the Minnesota State Fair and grosses well in excess of $2 million.  What a dream come true!!  

I searched the internet about these chocolate chip cookies and found this copy cat recipe.  

Chocolate Chip Cookies are my favorite.  I have made a bazillion chocolate chip cookies in my life and eaten just about as many!

   I usually use a ice cream scoop and make a large cookie, but for these cookies, I used a standard cookie scoop.  These cookies get just the right amount of crunch on the edges and are soft and chewy in the center.  Of course, they are best served warm.  I never bake the whole recipe at once.  I just put the cookie dough in the refrigerator and cover it with plastic wrap and bake a few at a time so they are warm, soft, and gooey when we want one.

This is how I did it:

2 cups cake flour
1 1/2 cup bread flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of sea salt
2 cups butter - room temperature
2 large eggs 
1 cup sugar
1 1/4 cups light brown sugar 
2 teaspoons of vanilla
1 12 - ounce package of semi-sweet chocolate chips

In a large mixing bowl, sift all dry ingredients.  Using a stand mixer (or hand mixer), cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy.  Add in eggs one at a time beating after each addition.  Add vanilla and mix.  Add dry ingredients one-third at a time to wet ingredients incorporating between each add-in.  Don't over mix.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.  

Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F.  (I used a standard cookie scoop.  To make them smaller, divide that amount in half.)  Place cookie dough balls onto a baking sheet.  Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.

(Adapted from the copy cat recipe linked above.)

Serve to family and friends!

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