Friday, January 21, 2011

Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

When my sister and I were in high school we found this incredible chocolate chip cookie recipe. It is so good that it's still my go to recipe for chocolate chip cookies. The recipe I'm talking about is the Neiman Marcus Cookie recipe. You know that famous one with the crazy story about a woman who was at their little cafe and asked for the recipe she was told it would cost her $250 and she thought they meant $2.50. When she got the bill in the mail she decided to sue them. I'm sure this story never happened (some people say it was at Neiman Marcus and some say Mrs. Feild's). However because of this story Neiman Marcus has their recipe on their website.
Recently my husband and I decided we are not eating anymore white wheat, only whole wheat. I made these cookies with King Arthur White Whole Wheat and they came out perfect, soft and chewy.


1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 cup light brown sugar
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1-3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 teaspoons instant espresso coffee powder
1-1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Cream the butter with the sugars using an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy (approximately 30 seconds)

2. Beat in the egg and the vanilla extract for another 30 seconds.

3. In a mixing bowl, sift together the dry ingredients and beat into the butter mixture at low speed for about 15 seconds. Stir in the espresso coffee powder and chocolate chips.

4. Using a 1 ounce scoop or a 2 tablespoon measure, drop cookie dough onto a greased cookie sheet about 3 inches apart. Gently press down on the dough with the back of a spoon to spread out into a 2 inch circle. Bake for about 20 minutes or until nicely browned around the edges. Bake a little longer for a crispier cookie.

Yield: 2 dozen cookies

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