I’m not sure how this happened, but it’s time to get started with holiday baking again. Now – I will say, things are a LOT different this year.
For one, the giant annual bake-palooza that I’ve traditionally done is definitely NOT happening this year. With the pandemic, my husband and I are working from home – our jobs are mainly behind a computer, so while I miss the water cooler environment of the office, my day-to-day job tasks really weren’t that impacted. HOWEVER, I have gotten a few hints and nudges to still bake – some coworkers even want to do a curbside pick-up thing. (Huge compliment, for sure!)
The only baking that is FOR SURE happening is for family and neighbors (which I plan on doing via door drops). We have personally kept our safe COVID bubble to just my husband and I since March, and we do not have any plans to change that. Does it still feel like Christmas? Of course not – but we will do what we can to make things as festive as we possibly can.
Baking is one of them – and these chocolate chip cookies? While they aren’t festive, they are 100% perfection. I’ve tested multiple chocolate chip cookies, and no other recipe holds a candle to this recipe. It’s perfectly chewy with a butterscotch-y flavor from the brown sugar, and the mix of different chocolate chunks make this cookie an absolute dream. Just promise me you won’t skimp on the dough chill time, ok?
Also, check out the wonderful recipes that other bloggers are sharing for #ChristmasSweetsWeek (below the chocolate chip cookie recipe).
The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
Source: slightly adapted from For Me, For You
- 2 cups minus 2 tbsp. cake flour (8 1/2 oz)
- 1 2/3 cups bread flour (8 1/2 oz)
- 1 1/4 tsp. baking soda
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 1/2 tsp. coarse kosher salt
- 2 1/2 sticks (10 oz.) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 1/4 cups (10 oz.) light brown sugar
- 1 cup plus 2 tbsp. (8 oz.) granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 3/4 lb. bittersweet chocolate chips or chunks (about 60% cacao content)
- 1/2 lb. milk chocolate chips or chunks
- Sea salt or kosher salt for garnishing (I use Maldon salt)
- Combine the flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a medium-sized bowl. Whisk the ingredients together until well-blended and set aside.
- Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugars together until the mixture is light and fluffy – about 3-5 minutes. Scrape down the bowl, and add in the eggs, one at a time, mixing the dough well after each addition. Add in the vanilla extract, and scrape down the sides of the bowl.
- Turn the mixer on low speed, and add in the dry ingredients. Mix the dough together, until JUST combined. Using a spatula or spoon, mix in the chocolate chips, until they are incorporated into the dough.
- Press plastic wrap on top of the dough, and refrigerate the dough for 24-36 hours (no more than 72 hours).
- When it’s time to bake, remove the bowl of dough from the fridge, and allow the dough to soften slightly. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, and prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- Using a large cookie scoop (about 3 oz in size), scoop 6 dough balls onto the baking sheet, making sure to space them out evenly. Sprinkle the tops of the dough with sea salt, and bake the cookies for 15-20 minutes, until the cookies are just turning golden brown. To cool the cookies, place the baking sheet on a wire cooling rack for 10 minutes, and then transfer the cookies to the wire cooling rack to finish cooling. Enjoy!
Welcome to #ChristmasSweetsWeek 2020! Co-hosted by Terri from Love and Confections and Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures! What better way to celebrate the holidays than with food and fun? 21 bloggers from around the country have come together to share some of their favorite sweet Christmas recipes!! Deck the halls and get ready for very merry sweet treats, like fudge, cookies, Christmas morning breakfasts, layer cakes, cocoa, and more! Follow along on social media with our #ChristmasSweetsWeek hashtag. Happy Holidays!
Enjoy these #ChristmasSweetsWeek recipes from our bloggers:
Pastry and Dessert Recipes
Dark Chocolate Graham Crackers by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies by The Nifty Foodie
Toffee Chip Cookies by Kathryn’s Kitchen Blog
Gingerbread Cupcakes by Magical Ingredients
Instant Pot Gingerbread Cheesecake by Kate’s Recipe Box