Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Robyn Lee's Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hello there! Anyone still around? It's been a month since I last posted...a month. Where did the time go? What, in heaven's name, was I doing?

Will get to that in a bit. Meanwhile, I can say one thing that I definitely was not doing...not thinking about this blog. Believe you me, it was on my mind constantly, like a wonderful friend who lives on a paradisal island that I was just aching to visit and play with...but because of lack of resources and time, just couldn't get to, no matter how much I longed for that escape.

So what I have been doing? Going full speed ahead on the renovation of our new home. Shopping for tiles and faucets and door knobs and all sorts of bobs and bits. Deciding on paint swatches. Pinching pennies. Working like a fiend on more shifts than I even want to think of. Attempting halfway decent Christmas shopping. Trying to appease our new neighbors during the noisy demolition period with these cookies...

Robyn Lee's Killer Big Fat Chewy Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies – smaller version
(adapted from Serious Eats)

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

- Preheat the oven to 335 degrees. Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.
- Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
- In a medium bowl, cream together the melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar until well blended. - Beat in the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until light and creamy. Mix in the sifted ingredients until just blended. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand using a wooden spoon. Drop cookie dough a rounded tablespoonful at a time onto the prepared cookie sheets. Cookies should be about 1 inch apart.
- Bake for 12-13 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges are lightly toasted. Cool on baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

The original recipe called for 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chunks from a high quality chocolate bar (like Vahlrona or Green & Black's). I didn't have any so I decided to use a half cup more of my regular chocolate chips to compensate. I am definitely trying this with swanky chocolate chunks next time! I also made the cookies smaller (you use a 1/4 cup measure to mold the cookie dough in the original) to make more cookies -- and feed more neighbors!

These are absolutely classic tasting chocolate chip cookies -- chewy with slightly crispy edges and gorgeous shots of chocolate all throughout. You can be sure I kept some for myself!

I hope this recipe appeases you until I pop back here again. I can't promise when that will be. You see, aside from the renovation and work (and the holiday rush!), there is also much going on in these parts -- of which I hope to share with you soon! For today though, these cookies will have to do. They're very good and I'm sure they will keep anyone happy :) I certainly hope they keep my neighbors in good spirits as the carpenters hack away!


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Those look perfect, mmhhh!



Manggy said...

Does this mean you're back? You're back!!! Yay!!! And with one of my favorite cookies too! :)
Happy new home! Can't wait to see the goodies you produce from its kitchen :)

♥peachkins♥ said...

yay! welcome back....I'm so glad to see this post..

MeetaK said...

good to have you back but renovating for your own home is far more exciting. classic cookies always a favorite!

Selina said...

Yes, we are here and will always be! :) Lovely cookies!!!

tracieMoo said...

they look beautiful! I want one too!

Junglefrog said...

Well a good chocolate chip cookie will keep anyone happy for a while so good luck on the house renovating!

Gary said...

Well I have been checking in every day and to tell you the truth, I was getting tired at looking at those damn Asian meatballs. Welcome back. I'm gonna make these cookies tonight!

ChichaJo said...

Thanks Rosa!

Hey Manggy! Yes, I am back :) But who knows when I’ll be able to post again…lots of things happing! We aren’t in the new kitchen yet, but we are very excited about it!

Hi Peachkins! Thank you for hanging in there :)

Hi Meeta! We are indeed very excited! Can’t wait until everything is done :)

Hi Selina! Thank you!

Hi Traciemoo! Wish I could give you one…they are good! :)

Hi Junglefrog! Thanks! I agree :)

Hi Gary! Haha! Hope you enjoy these cookies!

Ash said...

These are like the best looking cookies ever!!
So good to have you back!! I hope the home renovations are going well!

Jessica Nunemaker said...

That looks so good!

We have a favorite choco chip recipe...but it looks like I'll have to try this and see who wins!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Not to worry ... once you have things fixed up, you'll be totally ready to come on strong. These cookies look just perfect to say hello to a neighbor with!!

Bron said...

of course we are still around.
Renovating is a nightmare ...well it has been for me... I'm into my 8th year, thankfully our closest neighbours are 1 km away!
However your cookies look perfectly comforting for nightmares xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi...you have a great site :)
Have you tried the breakfast pies (bacon/mushroom/herb and filipino pie) baked by tina raines? she makes good callos pie too.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Ash! Thank you! :) So far so good on the renovations!

Hi Jessica! The fun is in trying and taste testing all those chocolate chip cookie recipes! :)

Hi Tanna! I can’t wait until everything is settled!

Hi Bron! 8th year…wow! You have lots of goodies coming out of your kitchen though that can chase away even the worst nightmares! Not to forget the adorable fairies :)

Thanks Anonymous! Not I haven’t…but I’ve heard of them :)

Suzana said...

Joey! Good to hear from you. Of course, we're all around, and hoping for threats like... Chocolate Chip Cookies. Wish I had adorable neighbors like you. :)

Good luck with the works! Will have positive thoughts sent your way.

Gary said...

made them last night and they were terrific!

Barbara said...

Hi Joey, lovely to see you back.

cookeaze said...

Simple and perfect- and it is one of the best recipe in my collection..can’t wait to try it!

Roddy said...

I just baked 2 batches of chochip cookies and am experimenting...making a chocolate covered chipwhich....2 cookies sandwiching vanilla ice cream and then dipped in a chocolate shell coating..hope it turns out well....it's my only dessert option for a dinner I am hosting tonight

Midge said...

These look great, Joey. Glad to see you're up and blogging again! :)

Ling said...

Hey Joey,

You've been missed! But isn't it fun putting together a new home? Thanks for the cookie recipe and keeping fingers crossed for you that your home will be ready for Christmas!

Bordeaux said...

Alexander's been pestering me all week asking when I'll be making these for him. They look awesome. I wish we could get propper chocolate chips here!

Trissa said...

Hi! I recall when my husband I moved to Sydney and rented our very first apartment - we had to do a few renovations and I was worried too about bothering the new neighbors - like you, I also baked a few batches of cookies (although not as delicious looking as yours!) to appease the neighbors! They work like a charm don't they? Good luck on your move!

kamran siddiqi said...

Looks absolutely perfect!! :)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Suzana! Aw, thank you! I wish we were neighbours too! I’ll definitely be up to a barter system of goodies :)

Hi Gary! Glad to here they turned out well!

Hi Barbara! Thanks! Glad to be back...albeit a little irregularly so!

Hi Cookeaze! It really is...I love these cookies!

Hi Roddy! Oh my goodness! That sounds awesome!

Hi Midge! Thank you :)

Hi Ling! It is fun :) We are very excited for it to be done, although it won’t make it to Christmas!

Hi Bordeaux! Maybe you can just use the best chocolate bar you can find and chop that up...that’s actually closer to the original recipe than the chips :)

Hi Trissa! It does work like a charm :) Thanks for stopping by!

Hi Kamran! Thank you :)

recipes said...

i think it's very delicious, i had to try this at home

Aunt LoLo said...

Oooh...my FAVORITE CCC recipe! The first time, I made it by the 1/4 cup full...it made about 10 cookies that were bigger than my head...and DELICIOUS. Now I bake them in little balls, and they're still awesome...but I have a hard time getting the baking time right - I adore a good chewy CCC. ;-)

(Congrats on the baby!!!!!)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Aunt Lolo! I love a good CCC too :) And the fun is in testing all the recipes out there...and eating the results! ;) Thanks!

pierre said...

these cookies look perfect to me ! thanks for hte sharing
cheers from Pierre a Foodie french guy!

ChichaJo said...

Thanks Pierre :)

shelby Rehnke said...

wow that cookies are making my mouth drool! Iam so going going to have to make those! love your blog

ChichaJo said...

Hi Shelby! Thanks for visiting :) Hope you enjoy the cookies!

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Simonne said...

wow , this must be really good.
Great i should try this out!

Anonymous said...

Perfect instant snack. Replaced 1/2 c of the flour with 1/2 cup traditional oats so as not to feel too guilty about the calorie intake. Ma Barker