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Homemade chocolate chip cookies by Gene Munson Barry
Rate my chocolate chip cookie recipe by Gene Munson Barry
My Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe, by Gene Munson Barry
As I don't care for the toll house chocolate chip recipe found on the back of the chocolate chip package. I think they are too hard and flat. I have found that using a sugar cookie recipe and adding the chocolate chips that this creates a cookie I like much better. My wife suggested that I could also use one of her mother's cookie recipes which she called Rocks. She prefered this recipe because they came out more cake like and softer like my sugar cookie chocolate chip recipe.
- 1 C. Butter, Room temperature
- 1 C. Sugar, Granulated
- 3 each eggs, beaten
- 1 C. nuts, your preference: pieces walnuts, peanuts, hazelnuts, Macademia
- 1 C. Raisons, optional
- 2 1/4 C. Flour, All purpose
- 1/2 tsp. salt, sea or kosher
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda, fresh
- 1 tsp. cinnamon, fine ground if used
- 1 tsp. vanilla, extract - if you have real it's better flavor
- 3 tsp. milk, whole milk better for texture
Collect your ingredients.
I find that for myself it makes it easier if I collect and set out all of my ingredients in one place on the counter before I begin making my recipes (whatever I'm making). The photo above shows what I need to make my chocolate chip cookies. Also, this is the right time to start pre-heating your oven to 350 F.
After I have collected all the ingredients that I need I begin by creaming the room temperature butter and sugar.
This time baking (as depicited in my photo) I used part white sugar and part brown sugar because I had intended to make the sugar cookies before my wife suggested making her mother's Rock recipe.
If you have a tabletop mixer
If you have a tabletop mixer you could use it to blend the ingredients together. [except at the end where you must hand stir in the nuts, raisins, and chocolate chips or you will pulverize them.
I have these industrial serving spoons, larger than most large spoons, which I prefer to use them. Hand mixing allows me to feel the texture of the dough better as it mixes. When my stepson was first learning to bake he had a tendency to mix too much and too long and it would make the cookies a hard texture.
My tabletop mixer shown at the right.
Years ago when my wife and i first married, as a gift to her, her oldest son and I purchased a tabletop mixer. Little did I know that I would be using it as much or more than her. Anyhow the son went away to a cooking school. Her two boys had seen men cook their whole lives including me. The younger son tried cooking school too. Eventually they both went into different careers.
The tabletop mixer.
The table top mixer has more power so I'd sugest using that over a hand held electric mixer. A hand held electric mixer would work on this recipe because the dough doesn't get too stiff but some recipes would be too difficult to do with a hand mixer.
The next photo shows:
In my next photo I show how I mixed the sugars and creamed in the butter.
Brown versus White
Using Brown sugar as my mother-in-law did creates a softer cookie. White sugar creates a crispier cookie.
Once you have mixed everything:
Once you have creamed the sugar, add eggs, flour, salt, soda, cinnamon and vanilla. The rest of the ingredients must be stirred in by hand or the chips, nuts and raisons will become too pulverized.
I like the flavor of Hershey chocolate chips the best. I feel that they are much better than other brands. And it's sort of like using local produce as we are only about 260 miles from here. If you have children this should definately be a weekend trip so they can see how hershey products are produced.
Next I begin forming the dough into balls which I then place on my buttered cookie baking sheet and flatten them somewhat to form the 1/2 inch thick round cookies. I do this all using only my hands (clean).
You could use other shortening to grease the cookie sheet or use parchment paper to avoid all oil.
After I have the dough formed into balls I flatten the balls to approximately 1/2 inch thick and 2 1/2 to 3 inches round ready to be placed in the oven and baked. I leave at least one inch distance between the raw cookies.
Place in the oven
In the oven
Place your cookie sheets into the oven to bake the dough into delicious cookies.
Be careful as you place the cookie sheets into the oven so as to not touch any of the hot surfaces within the oven.
As the cookies bake
As the cookies are baking I keep a vigilant eye on the cookies as it is very easy to burn the bottoms. Sometimes I switch the two trays by moving the bottom one to the top shelf of the oven and the upper tray to the bottom tray of the oven. I use a spatula sometimes to take a peak at the bottoms to see how brown they have become.
The photo here
In this photo I have shown how the cookies should look after being baked and are removed from the oven. They do turn brown on top but not deep brown like the bottoms.
Cool the cookies
Once I have removed the hot baked cookies from the oven, I use a metal spatula to remove the hot cookies from the hot baking sheet and place them on cooling racks that I have.
Cool the cookies
After the cookies have had sufficient time to cool I place them into a gallon jug that I inherited from my parents. My parents used to go to my uncle's and get milk for our family. These gallon jugs were used to transport the milk from there to our home where it would be placed into the refrigerator until we needed to use it. When we were ready to use the milk we would stir in the cream that had floated to the top. After that, we would pour the milk in to pouring pitchers which were easier to handle.
After the cookies have cooled place them in your storage container.
If you place them into your storage container while they are still hot they have a tendency to stick together which makes it more dificult to remove one at a time to be able to enjoy.
Now as time passes you can enjoy these delicious morsels with say your morning coffee or a snack anytime you so desire. If friends visit. you can offer some to go along with the beverage of their choice.
A nice cold glass of milk and a cookie or two are wonderful together. Enjoy.
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