cookies

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies I’ve Ever Baked

I know, this post has quite a lofty title to live up to, but I think it does!

The best chewy chocolate chip cookies recipe

I’m continually tweaking recipes. I spent about six months perfecting my malted milk chocolate chip cookies, honed my butter browning skills to create my mint dark chocolate chip cookie recipe, and won’t tell you how many batches of black bean soup I made before I felt confident enough to post that recipe.

All this to say, baking and cooking science fascinates me. Different flours have varying protein contents, adding air in increments to butter and sugar mixtures changes the texture of a cookie, smoking meat with different types of wood chips totally changes the flavor, and various spices bring out different flavor notes in a soup.

The best chewy chocolate chip cookies recipe

The ratio of white sugar to brown sugar, types of flour, and amount of butter and vanilla extract are what makes these chocolate chip cookies the best I’ve ever baked.

I like a soft, chewy chocolate chip cookie, so here was my approach:
-2 sticks of butter (more butter results in a thin cookie, and less makes a more “cakey” cookie)
-More brown sugar than granulated (more granulated than brown makes a crisp cookie, and less sugar in general makes a light and airy cookie)
-Bread flour helps to make the cookies chewy
-Cake flour helps to make the cookies have a soft texture
-Two teaspoons of vanilla extract highlights the sugars in the cookies

Okay, enough science. Let’s get to the recipe!

The best chewy chocolate chip cookies recipe

Ingredients
1 cup bread flour
1 1/4 cup cake flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs, at room temperature
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions
1. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk flours, baking soda, and salt.
2. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugars until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until fully combined.
3. Stir in flour mixture until just combined.
4. Stir in chocolate chips.
5. Refrigerate dough for 1 hour.
6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
7. Drop tablespoon-sized balls of dough about 2 inches apart onto baking sheets and baking for 8 to 10 minutes, or until cookies are golden but still soft.
8. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool and enjoy!

What’s your ultimate chocolate chip cookie like?

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Fourth Annual Christmas Cookie Baking Day

What started as a new tradition for my mom and I in 2015 has now become such a special holiday event for our family!

The past three years, my mom and I have baked cookies together to give to our neighbors for Christmas. This year, my daughter (<–it still feels so weird/amazing saying that!) and sister joined in on the fun!

Sisters with baby daughterMother and daughters

My sister, Sadie, and I slept over my parents’ house on Friday night last week and spent Saturday baking, laughing, snuggling Sadie, and listening to Christmas music. Oh, and thinking about how next year, Hannah’s son or daughter can join in on the fun!

Here’s what we baked this year:
-Gingersnaps
-Cornflake Wreaths
-Pretzel Hugs
-Sugar Cookies
-Chocolate Crinkles
-Cranberry Bars
-Peanut Butter Blossoms
-Jam Thumbprints
-Turtle Thumbprints

Cornflake wreathsChristmas snowflake and peppermint sugar cookies decorated

While us girls were baking, Jimmy and Hannah’s husband, Josh, went hunting. It was Jimmy’s first time hunting and said he loved it! He saw a doe and already can’t wait to hunt with Josh again soon.

Aunt Hannah and Grandma Lisa took great care of Sadie. It was really nice to have extra hands to help out with my little chicka. Sadie thoroughly enjoyed all the attention and snuggles.

Baby on girls lapChristmas cookie baking

We stopped baking mid-day to run out and grab a few cookie tins (and coffee!) and got right back to work, rolling dough, decorating, and baking until dinnertime.

The boys showed up with pizza and we all enjoyed our evening together, packaged up our creations, and headed home all sorts of tired and happy from such a fun day.

The treats that were the biggest hits this year (we haaaad to test everything, you know 😉 ) were the pretzel hugs, cornflake wreaths, and gingersnaps!

Christmas cookies in a tin

After church on Sunday, Jimmy, Sadie, and I bundled up and gave the cookie tins to our neighbors. It was so fun bringing Sadie with us this year and our neighbors enjoyed seeing her in her Sunday best!

I just love this tradition. From spending the day baking with family, to giving to our neighbors, it’s a special day I really look forward to each holiday season.

I even filmed a video (not quite a vlog, it just has music and no talking for once, lol) of the day to remember it and I’ve already re-watched it a few times to relive the day again.

And for old times sake, here’s links to the past few years of Christmas cookie baking:
Cookie Day 2015
Cookie Day 2016
Cookie Day 2017

What’s your favorite Christmas cookie?