Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies

I went to a Christmas Cookie Exchange the other day that my friend and boss Brook, held with her friend Hillary. It was such a fun event! I especially loved the 2 boxes of cookies we took home to have at the house. I think I had a cookie for breakfast for about a week!

These are the Dream Dinner Girls! Brook, Jane, me and Krista! We all love to cook so this was particularly fun for us!
 Brook is so creative! She sewed these bird ornaments as favors for each guest.
 The cookies!! Yum!

I am not a baker. One because Jeffrey will not eat sweets, two because I do not have the space to bake in my kitchen and three because something bad usually happens when I bake! I decided to go with a cookie that I had made before. It wasn't very "Christmasy" but at least I knew it tasted good. I made these in September when I went to help my mom on a catering job. Of course I didn't read the instructions until the day before the party and I had forgotten that you are supposed to let the dough chill for 24-36 hours before baking. I just let them chill overnight and I guess they turned out right. I cut this recipe in half because it makes a lot of cookies. It already had weird measurements, so now it has even weirder measurements. Sorry to make it difficult!

Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup minus 1 Tb cake flour
1/2 plus 1/3 cup of bread flour
1/2 plus 1/8 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp of baking powder
3/4 tsp course Kosher salt
1 1/4 stick of butter
1/2 cup plus 2 Tb of brown sugar
1/2 cup plus 1 Tb sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla
4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate (1 bar)
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate (1/2 bar)
4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
course kosher salt for sprinkling
Use a grater or potato peeler to grate the unsweetened chocolate. This part takes forever, but it makes the cookies really pretty.
I swear this is only 1/2 a bar of chocolate. It expands!
Jeffrey was helping me take photos that night. Here is a photo I thought I would post to show you how small my kitchen is. I can't remember why that chair was there, but it is backed up to the oven. I really think I would enjoy baking more if I had a bigger space to spread out!
Chop the semi-sweet chocolate bar into chunks.
Sift together flours, salt, baking powder and soda.
Cream together butter and sugars until fluffy.
Beat egg into the batter.
Add vanilla.
Slowly stir flours into batter until just blended.

Use a spoon to fold chocolate into batter.

Spray Saran wrap with some Pam and wrap the cookie dough. Refrigerate 24-36 hours. I didn't have 24 hours so I only chilled it overnight.
Remove the chilled dough and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. I use a mini scooper that is 1 Tb to form the dough into balls.
Place on cookie sheet that is lined with parchment paper.
Sprinkle each cookie with kosher salt. I know it seems weird, but it really gives an extra punch that makes these cookies really yummy!

Bake for 10-12 minutes.
This recipe made 35 small cookies. You could make them bigger if you like. 
Merry Christmas everyone! We are in Odessa enjoying my family.

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