23 December 2014

Chocolate Chip Cookies 2014

NPR had a nice Science Friday about a week and a half ago about the science of making cookies crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside.  Of course, they should be fresh.  But they talked about how manufacturers simulate this using multiple types of dough.  Yuck, right? But it made me want cookies.  Then, my friend gave me chocolate chip cookies which are truly divine, but they are a secret recipe from her husband's grandmother.  So, I might be a grandma one day, I should start trying to alter cookie recipes now so by then I might be good at it like our friend Bill's grandma!  But Bill actually told us his grandma's secret. Kindof.  It was the same secret a colleague had awhile back.  Crisco.  So, today I'm trying half Earth Balance and half Butter Flavored Crisco, as a way of getting the flavor of the one and the texture advantage of the other.  So far, they taste fine.  I started with *the* standard recipe as my bounce-off point.  I say this, because Ghirardelli and Sunspire and Nestle and Hershey (I think all 4) all boast the same recipe on the back.  What a coincidence.  So it must be in the public domain.

Group A:
1c Oatmeal Flour (oatmeal was ground in a spice grinder)
1 1/2 c All Purpose Flour
1 1/4 c Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
2 tsp baking soda

Group B:
1 c Earth Balance (2 baking sticks) (in microwave 15 sec from fridge)
1 c Buttery Crisco (1 stick) (in microwave 25 sec from room temp)
1 1/2 c white sugar
1 1/2 c dark packed brown sugar and/or honey sugar crystals ("Mommy! You are making a sandcastle!")
1/4 c coconut milk (from a can, first mixed for consistency)

Group C:
2T vanilla
3 eggs

Group D:
2 bags (20 g.) Ghirardelli Chocolate Chips 60% cocoa.
2c coconut (Baker's Angel Flake)

Preheat oven to 350F. Stir (Group A) together. Set aside. Beat (Group B) together until creamy. Add (Group C) slowly on low speed. Add (Group D).
Drop by tablespoon onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 9-11 min.  (Go ahead and grease your cookie sheet, but it won't matter... I don't know why they always tell you not to.  I guess it's so you know you don't need to, but wow.  If you thought you had to, you'd have issues.)

Enjoy about 8 dozen or so.
(Editing done 1/2/2015.)