Subject #14: Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies from Eat Live Run
A week ago a friend of ours in Tallinn hosted a Christmas open house and asked guests to bring cookies to share or dough so we could do some baking during the party. Although they’re not really Christmas cookies, I decided to go with my old standby, chocolate chip (they’re good at any time of year!). I chose a recipe I’d been curious to try: the favorite chocolate chip cookies of Jenna at the blog Eat Live Run. Her recipe is a little different in that it uses only brown sugar instead of a combination of brown and white sugars like most cookies. Brown sugar gives moisture and chewiness, so I was pretty sure this cookie would be a winner.
The baking conditions weren’t ideal– the temperature of the oven wasn’t quite high enough when I put them in and was reluctant to rise so I baked them for slightly longer, which probably affected the texture a bit. Fresh out of the oven they had crisp edges and soft middles, but I think as they cooled the centers got crisper too (I honestly don’t think I had one once they were completely cooled– too busy eating other goodies at the party! :-)). The cookies were also a darker color than most chocolate chip cookies due to all the brown sugar.
The other guests at the party raved about them (always music to a baker’s ears!) and somebody even asked me for the recipe. Another sign that people loved them– the second batch I stuck in the oven was nearly ruined because the oven had been put on the broiler setting, so the extreme heat from above started to burn the outside of the cookies in a matter of minutes while the insides were still raw. A few cookies were totally burned and had to be tossed, but some were just a toasty brown on the outside and everyone encouraged me to put them out for guests. I was worried that people wouldn’t enjoy the fact that the cookies were pretty raw in the center, but nope– the cookies that were both toasty and gooey were very well-received. If there is anybody in the world who doesn’t like gooey, barely baked chocolate chip cookies, I haven’t met them. 🙂