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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Apr 7, 2010

kurabiyelerWhat makes a perfect chocolate chip cookie? I wouldn't have the slightest clue had I not eaten the perfect chocolate chip cookie at a friend's house months ago. She was, no surprises, American. I hesitated to ask her the recipe because I was sure it was one of those precious secret family recipes handed over from mother to daughter, and as thoughtful as I am, didn't want to make my friend uncomfortable. I asked her by e-mail instead, making it easy for her to avoid me, in case she didn't want to share it. To my surprise and without delay, she told me she was using the recipe written at the back of the "Nestle Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels" pack she brings from US every time she travels. 

To make the long story longer, when she told me it was Nestle's recipe, it reminded me of a "Friends" episode, when Monica was trying to recreate Phoebe's great great grandma's perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe which Phoebe had written somewhere but had lost. Monica was experimenting by tasting the last crumbs of the last cookie she had baked and preserved in a plastic bag. In the end, Monica figured its one of her friend's delusions again when Phoebe claimed her grandma's name to be N-E-S-T-L-E! Finally they found the recipe Phoebe was claiming as her grandma's, at the back of a Nestle cookie pack. Similar incident.

Yenikuki2As straightforward as the recipe may seem, baking this cookie was rather tricky for me. After I ordered a bag of chocolate morsels from US, thinking it was the crucial ingredient, I had to make 3 tries until I got it right. First of all, the brown sugar has to be moist, which wasn't the case with my brown sugars. Secondly, the cookies should not be over baked, otherwise they will be stiff, turning into Turkish mini-market "bakkal" style cookie, not the American one.
If you can't buy Nestle's chocolate morsels anywhere, no problem. Frankly, they are not that crucial anyway. Using good quality dark chocolate does the same trick. I used Lindt's %70 dark chocolate last time and the result was, if not equally, more successful.

Yakindan 

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

(makes about 25)

  • 145 gr whole wheat or 125 gr whole purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon (tsp) baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 113 gr softened butter
  • 73 gr granulated sugar
  • 73 gr brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup of chopped nuts (walnuts or hazelnuts)
  • 1 cup of Nestle Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels, or chopped dark chocolate

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 190 C (375 F).
  2. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl.
  3. In a bigger bowl beat in brown sugar, granulated sugar and softened butter, until creamy.
  4. Add vanilla extract and egg. Beat well.
  5. Gradually beat in the flour mixture and stir in morsels and nuts.
  6. Drop a tablespoon of dough pieces on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes in a preheated oven. Cookies might seem under-baked by 10 minutes but remove them anyway since they stiffen as they cool down. Cool on a wire rack.
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