I really set out to make these classic chocolate chip cookie recipe from Jacques Torres, aka “Mr. Chocolate” (and another one of my chef crushes), but it called for two types of flours – bread and pastry – and worse, 24-36 hours of dough refrigeration time before baking. I didn’t have any pastry flour in my pantry and Chris and I couldn’t wait that long to satisfy our cookie craving. Making the oft-hyped “perfect chocolate chip cookie” would have to wait for another day. So I hunted around for an alternative recipe for soft, chewy cookies using ingredients I already had on hand. I found this one from Anna Olson who says cornstarch is the “secret” ingredient for cookies with chewy centers.
Well, we were both pleased with the results; Chris was happy to be eating warm , right-out-of-the-oven chocolate-y cookies with a glass of ice cold milk without too much of a wait and I was pleased to find that these cookies were exactly to my liking – fluffy and chewy (and slightly underbaked, too). The cookies hardly spread out at all, making them thicker and contributing to the soft texture I love. These really hit the spot!
For those who prefer crispy cookies, just omit the cornstarch and replace the baking soda with baking powder (and cook them fully).
Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yields 24 medium-sized cookies
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips or if using chocolate disks, cut into chunks
1/4 cup nuts, chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cream together butter and sugars until smooth. Add egg, vanilla and coffee extracts and blend well.
Stir in flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. Add in the chocolate chunks and chopped nuts.
Drop by tablespoons onto a greased or Silpat-lined baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes, until brown around the edges.
Let cool slightly and enjoy.
Adapted from a recipe by Anna Olson found in the FoodNetwork Canada website
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