I make these cookies whenever I get to choose which kind of cookie to make. Usually there is a request for another type from Neal or Bill. My mom is a good cook, and I love her rolls, turkey gravy and potato salad best in all the world, but her chocolate chip cookies are flat. Now I know some people like them that way. However, I believe that the best chocolate chip cookies are thick, moist, chewy discs incorporating whole grain depth, real butter and fabulous chocolate. I may have been inspired when I made this recipe up because I also believe that these are the . . .
Chocolate Chip Cookies They Probably Serve in Heaven (TPSH)
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/3 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup whole wheat flour
2/3 to 3/4 cup rolled oats
1 cup* white flour
1 bag highest quality chocolate chips
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Beat butter until softened. Cream in sugars. Add salt, eggs and vanilla. When well blended, mix in baking powder, flours and oats. Add additional flour if needed, a bit at a time until dough is fairly stiff. Mix in chocolate chips. Roll generous tablespoons of dough into balls, place on ungreased baking sheet and flatten slightly. Bake on middle rack of oven for 8 minutes then check for doneness. Do not over bake! Remove cookies from oven and allow to sit 1 or 2 minutes. Transfer cookies to cooling rack. If there are any left when cool, store in an airtight container.
Hints: Six minutes is all it takes to mix the dough up! Raw is fabulous, but I am not advocating eating raw dough (I just test it a few times prior to baking). The dough balls freeze well in a zip loc bag. The butter can be softened in the microwave on low power. The eggs can be warmed up by immersing them in hot tap water while beating the butter. If they are not room temp, it is ok too. My favorite chocolate chips are milk chocolate Guittard. My next favorite are Ghiradelli extra dark in the red bag.
Sophie and I had 20 minutes to make 4 dozen cookies for a ward prayer night she needed to provide refreshments for. This recipe, two convection ovens (slightly shorter cooking time), and we were there! Lucky kids had fresh, warm cookies on a Sunday evening.