TFF: Big, Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies
Every baker probably is, or has at one time, been searching for the perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. Opinions vary widely on what makes a Chocolate Chip Cookie good. Is it crispy or chewy? Is it loaded with nuts or nut free? Is the dough chilled before baking or not? To sea salt or not to sea salt? I mean, the list of “is it this or that” questions could go on and on and on.
I don’t have the perfect recipe yet so I’m always up for trying new ones. To be honest, I can be happy with Pillsbury’s ready to bake Big Deluxe Classics although I’m sure that’s probably not the right answer.
I saw this recipe for Tyler Florence’s Big, Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies got a 5 out of 5 star review on Food Network. I was a bit intrigued and impressed by that score since we’re talking chocolate chip cookies here, but maybe it’s no big thing. At any rate, I couldn’t get these off my mind and while I’m supposed to be making more DINNERS at my house, I just couldn’t resist whipping these up on a Sunday morning.
The cookies were buttery, soft, and sort of puffy like but not cakey. I used a mix of bittersweet and mini semi-sweet chocolate chips instead of chopped chocolate. The recipe instructs you to use a 1/4 cup size to measure the cookies. I did that as well as used a tiny ice cream scoop, and the bigger cookies are definitely the way to go. As with every cookie I make, I baked the minimum amount of time (12 minutes in this case) and not a second longer. I like a little bit of crispiness on the edges with not all the way done middles.
The cookies were delicious and perfectly fine for my requirements of texture and taste. I’d use Tyler’s recipe again. When it comes right down to it, you might not ever find the “perfect” recipe for anything. But if whatever you make at home puts a smile on your face when you first taste it and doesn’t survive more than a couple hours in your house (like these cookies), you have a winner. And that’s all that matters.
There is a video of the making of these cookies here. It’s hard to ignore how cute Tyler is. I wish he’d come Food 911 at my house, too bad the show isn’t made anymore.
Tyler Florence’s Big, Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies
Show: Food 911 Episode: Bake Sale Delights
5 out of 5 stars from 325 Food Network reviews
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup white sugar
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 (8-ounce) block dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
Click Here for Directions
These Big, Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies are my second post for Tyler Florence Fridays, a group dedicated to sharing their experiences with Tyler Florence’s recipes. You get to pick whatever it is that you want to make each week, a feature that I totally love.