How do You Define the Perfect Cookie?

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Who doesn’t like a fresh-baked chocolate chip cookie?  No one I know.  At the same time, if you put 100 people together in a room and had them each describe their perfect chocolate chip cookie, you would get 100 different answers.  My dad, for one, LOVES crispy cookies.  He likes to bite into a chocolate chip cookie and have it crunch and crumble inside his mouth.  My mom would take half-baked if you had them.  Who needs to wait for cookies to bake and cool when you can take them out of the oven after a few minutes when they are gooey, warm and delicious?  My sister will take her cookie and eat around the chocolate chips (who is she?).  And the Husband, he is happy as long as you give him a glass of milk to dunk into.

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I am somewhere in between.  While I don’t love extra crispy cookies, I can recognize their appeal.  And really, who can resist warm and melty cookie dough?!  There is a time and a place for all forms of chocolate chip cookies, and yes that includes a plain old Chips Ahoy in times of desperation.

However, right now, I am on a quest to reinvent the most delicious chocolate chip cookie I have ever had.  Every year someone sends the most amazing cookies to our office, and let me tell you, I don’t eat office treats unless I think they are really worth it.  These cookies, worth it.  They are dense and chewy with the perfect hint of salt and a lot of chocolate chips.  Something about them is so addicting.  I’ll go into the kitchen and grab one, because look at me, I can eat just one cookie.  But about two seconds after I take that last bite, I am back for more, because who am I kidding, I can’t eat just one cookie.

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On my way to figuring out a recipe to recreate this “perfect” cookie, I found something quite different, but quite tasty.  These Doughy Chocolate Chunk Cookies are about as addicting.  To me, they exemplify the flavors of freshly mixed cookie dough in baked cookie form.  Moist, chewy, doughy and slightly underbaked with the perfect amount of big chocolate chunks.  I used Christmas colored dark chocolate M&M’s to give them a festive appeal and chunks of milk chocolate Hershey’s Kisses for the sweet contrast.  Any form of chocolate chip would work just as well.

kisses and M&Ms

To begin, lightly chop your Kisses and set aside

chopped kisses

Combine flour with the other dry ingredients

dry ingredients

Whisk together and set aside

whisked dry ingredients

Next, combine the butter and sugars until light and fluffy

butter and sugars

Then, add your eggs and vanilla and combine well

add eggs

Reduce the speed of your mixer to low and gradually add in the dry ingredients

adding dry ingredients

Scrape your bowl a couple of times to make sure flour is fully mixed in

dry ingred mixed in

Stir chocolate pieces into your batter

adding chocolate

Chill the dough in the refrigerator for 2 hours or overnightchocolate mixed in

Use a cookie dough scoop or tablespoon for cookies

scooped

Lay them out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper

dough on sheet 1

Once done, allow cookies to cool on a cooling rack

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Doughy Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Makes 3 1/2 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons salt

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

1 cup brown sugar, tightly packed

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup dark chocolate M&M’s

1 cup milk Hershey’s Kisses, lightly chopped

Directions:

Lightly chop Hershey’s Kisses; set aside

Combine flour with the other dry ingredients and whisk together; set aside

Next, combine the butter and sugars; beat well until light and fluffy

Then, add your eggs and vanilla and combine well

Reduce the speed of your mixer to low and gradually add in the dry ingredients

Stir chocolate pieces into your batter

Chill your dough in the refrigerator for 2 hours or overnight

Once ready to bake, pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

Scoop heaping tablespoons of cookie dough onto cookie sheets lined with parchment paper

Bake in the oven for 9-10 minutes or until lightly golden around the edges; cookies will not change color much

Set the cookies aside on cooling racks

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Any tips for me on making this “perfect” cookie? I am having trouble finding that dense chewy texture that was so enjoyable.

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30 Responses to “How do You Define the Perfect Cookie?”

  1. Marcia December 23, 2010 at 4:57 pm #

    These cookies are delicious. It is a party in one cookie! Marcia L.

  2. debbie c. December 23, 2010 at 5:17 pm #

    I think they sound great!!! Would refrigerating your dough a little first help? But as you said, there’s a time and a place for every type of choc. chip cookie there is! And you do make DELICIOUS cookies!!!!

    • KeepItSweet December 23, 2010 at 5:34 pm #

      i actually did that overnight- i may try baking them more and changing the ratio of brown to granulated sugar next time

  3. Megan December 23, 2010 at 9:46 pm #

    Those cookies look amazing! I love cookies that are chewy…almost doughy in the middle

  4. curtorimfoodieszone December 24, 2010 at 3:05 am #

    Yummy cookie!!
    Love the post u have written!
    happy hols and Merry Christmas with love!

  5. Marian December 24, 2010 at 7:59 am #

    I wouldn’t be able to stop eating these!!! Yum!

  6. Joanne December 25, 2010 at 7:35 am #

    I’m a half baked girl myself, but to be fair…I would never ever turn down a chocolate chip cookie! These sound wonderful! Good luck on your quest to find that perfect cookie recipe. If you ever need a taste tester…

    Merry Christmas!

  7. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite December 26, 2010 at 10:19 am #

    Looks delicious! I love doughy cookies – give me chewy chips ahoy anytime :)

  8. Simply Life December 26, 2010 at 6:28 pm #

    Oooh those cookies look so good!

  9. Dinners & Dreams December 27, 2010 at 10:00 am #

    My daughter would love these fun, colorful cookies.
    Hope you had a wonderful holiday!

    Nisrine

  10. TheSceneFromMe December 27, 2010 at 10:30 am #

    These look wonderful, like I’m a kid in a candy store and just walked out with one of their homemade cookies!
    Yum~So festive and colorful!

  11. OliePants December 27, 2010 at 10:57 am #

    Those look fabulous and I could never ever turn down a cookie with M&Ms in them! As for my cookies, I think I use less flour as I like a flatter and chewier. I think Alton has a great recipe!

    Oh and the key is to weigh all ingredients!

    • KeepItSweet December 27, 2010 at 1:04 pm #

      I really do need to start weighing when baking, I have been lazy because my kitchen scale isn’t that great. Alton is usually a good source, great tip!

  12. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum December 27, 2010 at 12:49 pm #

    I have a recipe that somehow always turns out PERFECTLY. It’s just a little crunchy and golden brown on the outside, but the inside stays chewy for days. It uses peanut butter and chocolate chips (classic), with some oats, and I usually “underbake” them by a few minutes. Here’s the post that links to the recipe:

    http://pinchofyum.com/post/1076800420/outrageous-chocolate-chip-cookies

    Good luck! These cookies already look awesome, so I’m sure you’ll master the perfect cookie in no time!

    • KeepItSweet December 27, 2010 at 1:03 pm #

      Thanks!! Those do look delicious, especially since there is peanut butter involved!!

  13. allison December 27, 2010 at 1:31 pm #

    I am glad I am not the only one with a family filled with different cookie palates. I can’t seem to find one that satisfies all of us. These look like they may fit the bill! Thanks. I can’t wait to try them.

  14. Danelle December 27, 2010 at 2:01 pm #

    This would be a great way to use up all my leftover Christmas candy!

    • KeepItSweet December 27, 2010 at 3:08 pm #

      so true! any kind of chocolate would be delicious

  15. MelissaNibbles December 27, 2010 at 5:36 pm #

    These looks delicious! I like my cookies a little raw in the middle. It sounds gross, but it’s amazing.

    • KeepItSweet December 27, 2010 at 6:45 pm #

      mmm underbaked is so good!

  16. Baking Serendipity December 27, 2010 at 7:34 pm #

    I love the hershey kisses in this cookie! It looks like the perfect chocolate chip cookie to me :) Hope you had a great holiday!

    • KeepItSweet December 27, 2010 at 8:37 pm #

      Thanks, I hope that you did too!

  17. Jenn L @ Peas & Crayons December 27, 2010 at 8:01 pm #

    oh gosh… I have all these ingredients on hand right now and it’s taking a LOT of self control to not run into the kitchen to make them (i’ve already had my dessert today! haha!)

    freshly baked choc chip cookies are so yummy! =)

    xoXOxo
    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

    • KeepItSweet December 27, 2010 at 8:38 pm #

      are you only supposed to have one dessert/day?! oops;-)

  18. Christina December 27, 2010 at 10:50 pm #

    Oh man! Kisses and M & M’s…dangerous! ;) They look and sound sooo yummy!

  19. Crepes of Wrath December 28, 2010 at 10:09 am #

    Chopped up kisses? I’m there! I love the festive M&Ms, too. Hope that you had a great holiday!

  20. HollyL December 28, 2010 at 3:49 pm #

    These look great! I wish I was eating one NOW!! lol : )

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