Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Smart Cookies!

It's that time again...time for Hayes to move into a new room. I wanted to do something fun for his teachers and turned to Pinterest for help. This cookie recipe was literally the first thing I pinned on Pinterest, and I finally got around to trying it out.

My thoughts on this recipe:
1. Amazing cookies. Seriously. Amazing.
2. Makes a TON of dough.
3. If you are making the whole recipe, get a BIG bowl. And be ready to make cookies for days.

{Jacques Torres' Secret Chocolate Chip Cookies}

1 pound unsalted butter, softened
1 3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 1/4 cup light brown sugar
4 large eggs
3 cups + 2 tbsp pastry flour
3 cups bread flour
1 tbsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp vanilla extract
2 lbs chocolate, coarsely chopped

*A few ingredient notes: the pastry flour/bread flour combo is crucial to the final product, don't substitute with AP flour; I prefer chocolate chunks, so I picked up some semisweet chocolate baking bars and broke them into large chunks and the outcome was incredible. 

Start by creaming together butter and sugars. Add eggs one at a time, mix well after each egg. With the mixer on low, add flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and vanilla extract. Add in the chocolate chunks last. Now you are ready to bake!

Preheat the oven to 350. Cover your cookie sheet with parchment paper. Start scooping dough onto the cookie sheets! I did pretty big scoops and could only fit 6 cookies on my large cookie sheet at a time. Bake for 15-20 minutes, depending on how big your cookies are. Let them cool for a few minutes on the pan before transferring to a cooling rack. Enjoy!

I put these cookies in clear gift sacks and attached this super cute and free printable. And there you have it! A fun and tasty treat for some special teachers!

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