Monday, December 10, 2012

Quinn's Cookie Exchange

Today I'm participating in Quinn's Cookie Exchange. Quinn is the MC of Angela Felsted's recently released YA novel, CHASTE.

I am sharing my famous Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. And yeah, you may have a recipe for chocolate chip cookies, but this one is better. (IMHO) ;)

Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever

2 ¼ C. flour
1 t.       baking soda
½ t.      salt
1 C.     butter softened (not melted)
¾ C.    packed brown sugar
½ C.    granulated white sugar
2 t.       vanilla extract
1          egg
1          (12 oz) package semi-sweet chocolate chips (I usually use a lot less).

Heat oven to 375 degrees F.

Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl; set aside.  Cream butter, brown and white sugar in a large mixer bowl until light and fluffy.  Add vanilla and egg; beat well.  Gradually add in flour mixture; mix well.  Stir in chocolate chips by hand.  Drop by rounded tablespoons, 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets.

Bake at 375 degrees F for 9 to 12 minutes or until golden brown (We like them just before they turn brown so they're super chewy). Drop the pan of cookies onto the floor (face-up obviously) to make the cookies dense and chewy.  It sometime takes a couple of tries to get them to drop all the way.  Be sure it's on a carpeted surface and if you use a baking stone, be sure to remove the wire holder before you drop it. Move cookies to wire rack to cool.

Yield: approximately 3 dozen cookies.  

Okay, I'm sure you just skimmed the recipe, but I am making a note here that is VERY important. The trick to making these the best cookies ever is DROPPING THEM. Yep. Drop the whole pan on the ground (from about a foot up). If you fail to do this, the cookies will be Meh. So don't skip it!

And in case you haven't read the blurb for CHASTE yet, here you go:

When he steps into his physics class on the first day of senior year, Quinn Walker is too exhausted from staying up all night with his three-month-old nephew to deal with moral dilemmas. As a devout Mormon who has vowed to wait until marriage for sex, the last thing he needs is a very hot and very sexy Katarina Jackson as his physics partner. Regrettably, he has no choice.

Kat feels invisible in her mansion of a home six months after losing her older brother in a fatal car crash and will do anything to get her parents’ attention. Since her pastor father has no love for Quinn’s “fake” religion and her ex-boyfriend refuses to leave her alone, she makes an impulsive bet with her friends to seduce her holier-than-thou lab partner by Christmas.
Congratulations, Angela!


Old Kitty said...

Angela and cookies!!! What a perfect combination! A total recipe for success! Yay! Take care

Stina said...

I'm doing this on Wednesday. And lets just say we had a major cookie disaster. But I had fun taking the photos. My kids think I'm a little nuts after watching me set up for the photo shoot. lol

And wow on this story. Love the blurb and cover.

Angela said...

This look so delicious, Janet! Thanks for sharing your awesome chocolate chip cookie recipe.

Carolyn V said...

Woohoo! I got back just in time for a cookie exchange! I love cookies. So good!

Margo Berendsen said...

Okay that is the weirdest recipe I have ever read and I'm not really believing you but of course I have to try it!!! My own trick with chocolate chip cookies is to add instant pudding to the mix; and when you put the dough on the baking stone to make it as vertical as possible (little dough towers); to bake at 345 degrees for only 10-12 minutes (I watch them like a hawk).

Hart Johnson said...

I've totally never heard that dropping trip, but as someone who likes chewy, as opposed to cakey, cookings, that actually makes a lot of sense. I'll have to give it a try!

A.L. Sonnichsen said...

Dropping the cookies. Wait, are you serious?

Marcia said...

Haha, Amy said it for me. Really?

Janet Johnson said...

@Marcia and anyone else still doubting, I PROMISE! No joke. Try it, you'll be glad. :) Just drop the whole pan right after they come out of the oven and watch the air poof out. This works!