Sunday, May 26, 2013

"The Chewy" Chocolate Chip Cookie

     Okay. So I haven't been spending too much time in the kitchen, as evidenced by my neglected little space here.  My right hand has been out of commission ever since an unfortunate tumble on a riser left me with a torn ligament. Who knew that school pictures were so hazardous? Repairs have been made, but I'll be in a cast for a while yet.

      My grandson in TX requested cookies, so I couldn't let a little thing like a bum thumb get in the way. I looked to Alton Brown and his mixer friendly recipe for  The Chewy, and he did not disappoint me. The only change I made was to use dark brown instead of light brown sugar. And I chilled the dough overnight, which made it even harder to scoop left handed, but made for a nice compact cookie that didn't spread too much in the oven.

     This cookie lived up to its descriptive name, and was still pronounced "yummy" (and still chewy) after a few days in the hands of the postal service. It's definitely a "keeper" recipe, especially since my trusty mixer did most of the hard work! And my grandson's smiles across the miles made it totally worth it. :)

The Chewy
Recipe from Alton Brown, Food Network
I followed the recipe linked above with a few minor changes I've indicated below.
Ingredients- If you have a food scale, I recommend weighing the ingredients- especially the flour.
2 sticks (16 Tblsp.) unsalted butter
12 oz. bread flour (about 2 1/2 cups)
1 tsp. Kosher salt
1 tsp. baking soda
2 oz. granulated sugar (about 4 1/2 Tblsp.)
8 oz. light brown sugar (about one cup) I used dark brown.
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1 oz. whole milk (2 Tblsp.)
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
12 oz. chocolate chips
  • Melt butter over low heat. Cool slightly.
  • In a stand mixer (using paddle attachment) mix butter and both sugars on med. speed for 2 minutes.
  • Sift together flour, salt and baking soda. (I like to sift onto a piece of waxed paper.)
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, the egg yolk, milk and vanilla. Add to butter and sugar in mixer (on low speed) until combined.
  • Gradually pour in flour mixture, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.
  • Once flour has been incorporated, reduce mixer speed to "stir" and add chocolate chips.
  • Chill dough for at least an hour. (I chilled mine overnight)
  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Scoop dough onto parchment covered baking sheets.
  • Bake 13-15 minutes, depending on your oven and the size of your cookies. I used the medium sized scoop from Pampered Chef, and baked them about 14 minutes. Using this scoop, the recipe yielded about 3 1/2 dozen cookies.
  • Slide parchment (cookies and all) onto racks to cool. Remove cookies from parchment to rack when they've cooled enough to firm up.


  1. You are a better woman than I am! When I fractured my wrist in May 2012, I pretty much abandoned the kitchen for five weeks! I can, however, feel your pain! Hope the healing is fast and successful.


  2. Sorry to hear about your hand! And you are such a sweet grandma to make these for your grandson!
    The cookies looks wonderful and I can see why they bring those smiles to your grandson!
    Take care!

  3. I would love to have a cookie or two and a nice glass of milk.

  4. YEAH!!! I KNEW you'd be putting an update on here! Can't keep a GOOD LADY down for long! Hope some of these show up at work ....hint....hint.....husband/son of my dear friend!!! We're holding down the fort without's tuff but we're doing our best! RH

  5. Chewy cookies are my favorite! Yum!

  6. Yummmmm! No skimping on the chips here. When my mom used to make them she put 1/2 C. in the whole recipe. I would search for the cookie with the most - no searching needed with these babies!

  7. There is nothing like a delicious chocolate chip cookie and these look like beauties. I have never made anything by Alton Brown, but always enjoyed watching him cook.

  8. Lovin it very much.
    I prefer chewy and slightly crumpled cookies,
    especially with tons of choco chops, nothing better!

  9. Oh man I hope your hand feels better soon!! These cookies look thick and perfect!

  10. So sorry about your hand. Yikes! Hope it will be good as new very soon.

    You are a better woman than me to try to scoop these cookies after chilling the dough. We'll do anything for our grandkids, right?

  11. These cookies look dang delicious, Betty. I love all different kinds of chocolate cookies.
    I wish you a speedy recovery!

  12. What a lucky boy your grandson is. Those cookies look perfect. Good luck with your recovery.

  13. How awful that you fell on the riser. You're lucky it wasn't worse although it sounds like you've been out of commission for a while. How long will your cast be on for?

    These cookies sounds delish. I'm sure your grandson loved them but actually it sounds like you could use a treat as well.

    Feel better soon. Nice to hear from you.


    Sorry about the yelling. Thanks for sharing :D

    xoxo Chow Down SF

  15. I'm sorry about your accident-I hope you are on the mend and will be back to speed shortly!
    Your grandson is one lucky guy....the cookies are right up my alley and I know my grand kids would go crazy (in a good way!) for these beauties;-)

  16. Well yummy! These are lovely cookies and I just love Alton Brown. All his recipes (that I've made) have turned out great and I see this is no exception. Sorry about your tumble and cast and thumb. You are a wonderful grandma baking while injured - such a trooper! Heal fast!

  17. these look like the perfect cookies

  18. I'm so sorry about your hand! I hope you are 100% very soon. And these cookies? They look perfect. I love a good chewy cookie. What a sweet treat to make for your little guy!

  19. Honestly these look like the perfect chocolate chip cookies - SO delectable - a lovely, lovely treat :))
    mary x

  20. What a shame about your accident! Here's wishing you a speedy recovery.

    These are my favorite kind of chocolate chipper. I like to refrigerate my dough first too. I'll give you some shortbread if you give me some of these :)

  21. Just my type of cookies!! I love chewy over crispy and I can have choc chip cookies anytime :)!

  22. Unusual ingredient re bread flour. I'll have to try that. This does look like a wonderful cookie. I like Alton Brown's recipes. Dark brown sugar so much richer than light too.
    Hope you're mending fast!

  23. So sorry about your hand. Hope you'll get a speedy recovery. Oh boy, these cookies look amazing. I love chewy cookies too. :P Now, I think I want a dozen...with a glass of milk please!

  24. i've come to believe that overnight chilling is essential! good ol' alton--your grandson's a lucky kid. :)

  25. Those cookies look really good. I hope you are healing well. I fell down the stairs on Mothers Day and broke my left arm up near my shoulder. they cant cast it,so i've been in a sling with a recovery period of about 4-6 months. Glad we both have wonderful husbands : )

  26. Oh Betty these choc chip cookies are so tempting! I've been searching for the perfect recipe for this level of chewiness plus flavor and I think that you have answered my prayers!

    Thank you for sharing this recipe!


  27. Betty...It's so regretful how inconvenienced you been with that pesky cast...I sure do understand.
    I guess a Grandma like you can easily forget the cast when Grandson requests yummy cookies ;O)

    This recipe is quite interesting, especially since I would never have thought of putting bread flour.

    Have yourself a lovely week and here's hoping your hand will soon be freed!

    Ciao for now,


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