3/9/11

Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies


National Chocolate Chip Cookie Week is upon us. And according to Mr. Man Pants, this ought be a weekly series, rather than a yearly event.
If your views are consonant with his, then you might as well take advantage of the celebration, for May is National Salad Month.
...who called me a Killjoy?


You know, if I weren't afraid of Mrs. Fields declaring me an endangered species, I would probably confess to you that I've never been a huge fan of CC cookies—no matter how awesome—so instead, I'll keep my mouth shut.



Cow extract and chocolate chip cookies go well together, so serve it with a tall glass.

Speaking of milk, did you know it takes 345 squirts from Bessie's udder to make one gallon of milk? I'd be curious to meet the Adonis who gets paid to run these studies.


In any event, here is my family's favorite CC cookie recipe. This is a rich, chewy, full of chocolate chunks cookie, with a generous pinch of Oh.My.God.


Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes 4 dozen cookies.

2½ cups AP flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups light brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups semisweet chocolate chunks, or chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350°F.
Line sheet pans with parchment paper.
In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
Using a mixer with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until light, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla.
On low speed, add the flour mixture, and mix just until blended. Stir in walnuts and chocolate chunks. Drop by tablespoons (I use a small ice cream scoop) onto sheet pans, 2 inches apart. Bake  for 12-15 minutes. Adapted from At Blanchard's Table.

Note: Bake the cookies right after mixing. Do not refrigerate the dough, or cookies will come out poofy and cake-like. And if you're the type who likes that sort of thing, I don't wanna know about it.


Happy CCC Week!

44 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Those chocolate chep cookies look magnificent! I bet they are addictive.

I love your cow! So cute...

Cheers,

Rosa

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

YOU DON'T LOVE CC COOKIES???
That's ok, I'll still love you, cause that means I can have your portion! You can have my salad!

Nice chocolate cow :)

Fete et Fleur said...

I love chocolate chip cookies! I've always used brown sugar in mine as well. The thing I don't like is chocolate ice cream.

Nancy

La Table De Nana said...

Borden's!!!

WE had that here.. the Borden's Factory..Oh Sol..My best friend's dad brought us.. I was under 9.. we went right to the big dairy in MTL and he bought us ice cream cones..You stirred up a flood of memories..where on earth did you get that?
Ok now that my heart has slowed.. down..a bit..

Love the photos:) every one..I have Bessie too..
You're still my Ace.

La Table De Nana said...

Jacques just told me I am wrong..maybe it wasn't Borden's ..Maybe Elmhurst?Oy I have to find out.

La Table De Nana said...

Oh my gosh it's me again..Elmhurst was ours.:)

Still love the Borden's:)

Foley said...

Not like cc cookies..that's un-american..lol

They look perfect..and deserves a huge glass of milk.

Debbie said...

My man will be happy to know it's CCC week, and he will agree with your Mr. Man Pants that it should be a weekly series. CCC are so darn easy to make, but I rarely make them. I have been using your CCC recipe for a couple years now, and we enjoy it. I have that moo cow too :-) Picked it up in my grocery store...too darn cute!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

What a welcoming sight Marysol! I love your little cow creamer too, it looks like its sharing in the joy too! :)

tigerfish said...

Did not know it was CCC week! I have not had any cookie this week! :O

Mari @ Once Upon a Plate said...

Borden's!! I remember... but more than that ~ you tickle my brain in ways it has never been touched before.

I love the way you see the world, and share your perspective. It makes me so happy, and encourages me to grow. (Even at MY age!) :D Thank you.

Canarybird said...

Oh my that Bordens bottle brings back memories of many years ago when my mom used to buy Bordens chocolate malted milk in a tin. You mixed it with milk and got lots of nice little lumps of chocolate at the bottom of the glass. That was before instant dissolving chocolate was invented!
The CC cookies look delicious as do your photos Sol.
Un abrazo, Sharon.

Marysol said...

Thank you dear Rosa!

Fine Carol! Take my cookies, but come next May, you'd better keep your hands off my croutons :)

Nancy, I'll gladly trade you!

Dear Monique, thanks for my first laugh of the day.
You know, both the cow, and vintage milk bottle came from an auction long ago. The cow had 'Made in France' stamped on the bottom, and I couldn't pass it up. Now, every time I use it, I think of you. NOT for the cow, but the 'France' part.
You've encouraged me to try to learn French and I'll always be grateful. Messy bird coop.


Thank you Foley! But, didn't you hear? I am a mutt of ethnicity :)


Debbie, if it weren't for the two men in my life, I'd probably never bake. But I know our guys appreciate it.


Lorraine, if I could, I'd be rolling in chocolate too. Lucky Bessie.


Tiger, there's still a few days left to crank up your oven!


Dear Mari, keep talking like that, and I'm bound to spring a leak. Thank you so very kindly.


Oh my! Sharon, I never knew Bordens made chocolate malted milk. And, what's worse, no one ever told me! I'll have to have a talk with my mother about that.
Abrazos querida amiga.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Cow extract - LOL! You've ignited many fond memories of dairies and bottles here. I have some wonderful antique milk and other types of bottles from my mother who was a collector. I mainly use them as vases but silly me for not putting milk in them!

Your cookies look amazing. There is nothing like CC cookies and Moo Juice!

Christina of Form V Artisan said...

It's ok. I still love you.
xo

Marysol said...

Susan, hang on to your DM's milk bottle collection. I keep a small army of them, and use them for everything; especially sweet filled with the wildflowers Mr. Man Pants gathers for me, every summer.


Thank you kindly Christina, for having mercy on my lowly, cookieless soul. XO

Sonia said...

Gorgeous cookies and the layout. Scrolled through couple of ur recipes and Loved them all... !

Ciao Chow Linda said...

The cookies look sinfully delicious. And that cow on the chocolate - too, too adorable. Your photography is fantastic.

noobcook said...

They look so pretty and definitely a perfect tea time snack with milk =)

tasteofbeirut said...

I would never say that too, because I have never been a fan either; I found them too sweet. Except one recipe I found (i think it was from Maida Heatter) with whole wheat flour converted me. Yours is wonderful and the photos are always an art piece.

a frog in the cottage said...

your last phot, is irresistible !! i love it !!

Marysol said...

Hi Sonia, and thank you kindly!

Linda, everyone who's ever tried these cookies have praised them. So, needless to say, I almost feel like I've betrayed all CCC devotees with my confession. Forgive me!

NC, these cookies might go over well at tea time, with milk, or tea and milk...What?

Jo, I'll dig up Maida Heatter's book; the recipe sounds interesting. Thanks.

Frog in the Cottage, today I used the chocolate leftover pieces to make hot chocolate. And the world became a better place for it :)

Thank you all; have a great weekend!

joey said...

Dear Marysol ... those delightful goodies would not last long in my house! Mr. Ho-Hum is a cookie monster, CCs his favorite! And Young Son (if he still lived at home) would be happy eating the raw cookie dough! And because I love them (both the boys and CC cookies), I just printed this out ...

Ice Cream Cones said...

Staring at those chocolate cookies and chocolate bars makes me feel hungry. I will try to bake chocolate chips with some other ingredients. Well, that recipe will be helpful.

Nicisme said...

I'd take any chocolate chip cookies, they look awesome! Lovely photos.

Marysol said...

Dear Joey, give Mr. Ho-hum a big chocolatey hug for me. These, and PB cookies are my guys' favorites. Cookie monsters that they are.

ICC, chocolate has the same effect on me :)

Nic, thank you, thank you!

Mary said...

Mmm, brown sugar! These look incredible!

Mary xx
Delightful Bitefuls

We Are Not Martha said...

There are SO many cookies better than plain old chocolate chip. And this is definitely one of them. Way to kick it up :)

Sues

myinnerchick.com said...

Oh, MY, these look "Out of this World!!!"

XX Thnnks for the recipe!

Marysol said...

Thank you kindly all you cookie monsters :)

Lori (All That Splatters) said...

Truth be told, I'm not a chocoholic nor a major CCC fan... but, I have to admit, these have me wiping the drool off of my chin. As always, your photos are AMAZING.

xo
Lori

Mari @ Once Upon a Plate said...

M ~ I dare not share this with Mr. OUaP~ or he will be hounding me to make them... he's been known to have eaten a CC cookie or two in his life.

Gorgeous, jaw-dropping photos! You've elevated Choc. Chip Cookies to new heights. I swear, you could make a pile of dirt look good! xo

Bren said...

those first 2 pictures are so enticing! i love it! i had no idea it was cookie week earlier this month! Kinda glad I missed it. I would have gained a few months ago.

Marysol said...

Aw, you're all making me blush. Thank you kindly.

And happy weekend to all!

Belgie said...

Almost all eat cookies aside to those who dont like:)..thank you for sharing your precious moments.

farida said...

Oh Marysol, haven't been to your blog for so long. Shame on me! Hope you've been fine. Love your recipe. I love brown sugar in cookies.

Marysol said...

Thank you Belgie.
Fari, I've been too busy to blog, so don't you fret.

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Those cookies look OMG, indeed. And even if they're not your faves, we can still be friends. :-)

Mary said...

These really sound wonderful and you've done a spectacular job with the photography. This is my first visit to your blog and I took some time to browse through your earlier entries. I really like the food and recipes you feature here and I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Marsha @ The Harried Cook said...

You are funny! cow extract! LOL :) I am one of the endangered species as well - i am not a CC cookie lover either! But I am sure this recipe will be a hit in my home :) I love your photographs too! Especially love your ceramic cow creamer & the picture of it... gorgeous!

I love your blog and I will be back for more! Thank you for your comment on my blog :)

Mary said...

I really was delighted you came for a visit. I hope you'll join us often. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

gourmandelise said...

I love chocolate chip cookies!!
They look perfect!

Marysol said...

Thank you all very kindly for visiting!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Have a great Easter weekend and thanks for your kind comments!

Cheers,

Rosa