The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies: Getting Prepared for the Holidays

by simplylife on November 21, 2012

The holidays are upon us.  Yes, Thanksgiving is TOMORROW!

I know, I know. You already have everything prepared for tomorrow.  You have your list ready including what time the turkey needs to go in the oven, which serving dishes you’ll be using and who’s bringing pie for dessert.

There’s no time to try new recipes.

I get that.  Really, I do.  Well, except that I will be trying out a new recipe on Thanksgiving.  Fingers crossed it’s a success!

So I’m not here to give you another Thanksgiving recipe.

Instead, I’m here to equip you for the upcoming holiday season that promptly begins Thanksgiving morning and continues for a hectic festive 6 weeks.  You know all those parties you’ll be attending where you want to bring something homemade, but don’t have time in-between work, holiday parties, and life to actually make something?

Yeah, this recipe is all you need.  While it appears to be just another simple Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe, it is so much more than that.  It is the best Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe you will ever find.   And it freezes extremely well, requiring only about 8 minutes to be ready to bring to your next party and impress a crowd.

See that picture below?  That’s my chilled block of cookie dough.  I simply take it out of the fridge or freezer, let it soften a bit, and then use an ice cream scooper to place dough on my baking sheet and make the best cookies in under 10 minutes.

Let this be my gift to you as we officially enter the holiday season.  Happy Holidays.

What is your go-to recipe for holiday events?



Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

by Simply Life

Keywords: bake dessert chocolate cookie

Ingredients (Makes about 2 dozen)

  • 2 cups minus 2 tbs. cake flour
  • 1 2/3 cups bread flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. coarse salt
  • 1 1/4 cups unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
  • 1 cup plus 2 tbs. sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 8 oz. at least 60% cacao baking chocolate (original recipe calls for 1 1/4 lb. bittersweet chocolate disks)
  • Sea salt

Instructions

1. Mix together dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and set aside. Cream butter and sugars together in a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, until creamy and light (about 4-5 minutes). Add egg, mix well, then add other egg and mix again. Stir in vanilla. Add in dry ingredients and mix until just combined, about 15- 20 seconds. Batter will be slightly lumpy.

2. If using baking chocolate, shave chocolate until it is in small pieces. Mix/drop in chocolate into batter. Place dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate 24 to 36 hours (can be refrigerated up to 72 hours).

3. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using an ice cream scooper, scoop balls of dough and place onto baking sheet that is lined with parchment paper or sprayed with cooking spray.

4. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt and bake until golden brown, 9-12 minutes. Let cool on wire rack for about 10 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

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  • http://whatisbakinginthebarbershop.blogspot.com/ Colleen

    Who doesn’t love an awesome chocolate chip cookie recipe? This one looks perfect!
    Happy Thanksgiving! :)

  • The Candid RD

    HOLY COW! I want that chilled block of cookie dough NOW!! Can I just eat that?! lol. I’m a dough girl, what can I say?!
    My favorite go-to recipe for holiday events HAS to be my chocolate dipped waffle cones. Yep, I bring them to events if I know there will be ice cream!

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Oh yeah, I definitely have eaten my share of the dough :)

      Ooooh those waffle cones sound AMAZING!

  • Amy (Savory Moments)

    These look insanely delicious! I love the chocolate chunks rather than chocolate chips. Perfect!

  • http://luxuryhaven.blogspot.com/ Blackswan

    Gosh, that’s a mountain of cookies! I want a bag for x’mas! Hahaha!

  • Amy B @ Second City Randomness

    I LOVE new chocolate chip cookie recipes! Pretty sure the lesson to be learned here is that I need to invest in cake flour. I’ve never used it and hear it makes all the difference…

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      It REALLY does! This is the only cookie recipe I’ve used it for and the change in remarkable!

  • http://www.acambridgestory.com Emily

    HOLY CHOCOLATE. Wow. These remind me of the Flour chocolate chip cookies my mom makes. Happy Thaksgiving!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape

    I’m always looking for a good chocolate chip cookie recipe! This look amazing!!!

  • http://www.culinarycolleen.com/ Colleen

    I love a good chocolate chip cookie recipe! These looks delicious.

  • yummychunklet

    Love trying any recipe labeled “the best”!

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Yes! I try to use the word sparingly, but these really are! :)

  • http://www.confessionsofachocoholic.com/ Bianca Garcia

    Chocolate chip cookies are my favorite kind of cookies. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)

    I absolutely LOVE chocolate chip cookies. Happy thanksgiving to you!

  • decocinasytacones

    Obviously this is a keeper!, so I´m going to add it to my favourites.
    Happy Thanksgivig dear Gina, to you, to your hubby and to your family.
    Love from Spain
    Marialuisa

  • http://bite-sized-thoughts.blogspot.com/ Kari

    I kind of just want to eat that frozen cookie dough ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/urvashi.agarwal.9465 Urvashi Agarwal

    What choc a block fantastic cookies :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    http://gobakeyourself.wordpress.com/

  • http://wayfaringchocolate.com Hannah

    Such a good idea! I always make something new from scratch, but this is such a time saver.

  • http://joanne-eatswellwithothers.com/ Joanne (eats well with others)

    I’m really in the mood for chocolate chip cookies now and to get Christmas cookie baking!!

  • http://twitter.com/swankydietitian Kristen RD

    I am drooling right here.
    Chocolate scones are seriously my favorite breakfast ever! With a cappucino…nothing better! ;)

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Oh that combo does sound FABULOUS!

  • meri

    holy crap those look so unbelievably good!

  • Mom

    Yum…….I made this last year for Christmas and I’ll never forget the look of one man’s face … it was a combination of “woe, oh my gosh, worried he couldn’t stop, confused as to why these tasted sooo good, and thankfulness as he asked others if they had tried them. I will tell you though, the next time I make them, I will be using morsels. I think, no, I know, I will enjoy preparing them all the more!

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