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Good Chocolate Chip Cookies. Like, really good.

September 29, 2011

There are times when I might cut back on the butter in a recipe and substitute something like applesauce.

Today was not one of those times:

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That is 1.5 sticks of butter, melted.  Time to bust out the maternity pants.

This weekend, I’m headed to a bachelorette party down in Orange Beach for my dear friend Ellie.  Ellie and I have known each other since high school.  Actually, we’ve been friends since high school, but we’ve known each other since we were just wee ones, when we got into a bit of a spat during a summer day camp we both attended.  Luckily, seven years later, we were able to forgive each other, and we’ve been friends ever since.  We lived together for all four years of college:

(this was the oldest picture I could find of us on my computer—I think it’s from our senior year at the College of Charleston)

…and she was right by my side during my wedding (she actually did my hair and makeup!):


…and in November, I’ll be by her side for hers!

Ellie helped to make my bachelorette party a weekend to remember:

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…and I have a feeling this weekend is going to be the same way.  There’s just something special about a bachelorette party weekend—a certain magic that only penis straws and “bride-to-be” sashes can conjure up:

You just never know who you’re going to meet.

Anyway, I’m not bringing Ellie any male organ-shaped candy or an “I’m the bride” tiara…so I figured the least I could do was try to bring some really good cookies for the weekend. 

I turned to the Brown-Eyed Baker for a classic chocolate chip cookie recipe, and I wasn’t disappointed.  This recipe had 243 comments raving about how great it is, so I knew it would be a wise choice.  The 1.5 sticks of melted butter only confirmed my decision.

You can view the recipe here.  These cookies are big, chewy, buttery, and delicious.  There’s nothing “special” about them…except that they’re the bomb.  Seriously.

Here are some baking process pictures:

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Actually, now that I think about it, the dough does kind of resemble…ah, never mind.

I used the Cook’s Illustrated method of splitting the dough apart and then joining it together with a jagged edge to get that “bakery” look for the cookies…and it worked perfectly! Check out these bad boys:

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SO.  GOOD.  So hard to just eat one.  But I had to do some quality control, right? I didn’t want to bring bad cookies to the party. 

I won’t be drinking this weekend, but as long as these cookies are around, I’ll be happy.

Off to teach, and then…it’s party time! I’m headed down tomorrow and won’t be back until Sunday, so I’ll give you a full report then! Have a great weekend!

17 Comments leave one →
  1. September 29, 2011 10:05 pm

    ohmygosh i’m bookmarking those for holiday season baking trial and errors! hehe! =) ahh your bloggy is changed!! it looks marvelous dahhling!

    ps: eee i’m back!!!!!

  2. September 29, 2011 10:22 pm

    So that’s how they get that “bakery” look? genius! Chocolate chip cookies are one of the few times I make the exception for full sticks of butter in a recipe. There’s really no way around that without sacrificing the taste & texture. Have fun this weekend!

  3. September 29, 2011 10:30 pm

    Sounds like a fantastic friend 🙂 Those cookies look amazing! I am totally trying that recipe out- yum! Have fun

  4. September 29, 2011 10:38 pm

    Nate would die…!

  5. September 29, 2011 10:44 pm

    Hope you have a great trip. I love Orange Beach. Can you please take a walk on the beach for me???

  6. September 29, 2011 11:06 pm

    There are about 987098 choc chip cookie recipes out there and I never know who to believe. I mean, are any of them really better than the Nestle Tollhouse recipe…everyone says theirs are ‘the best’. But it sounds like this one is worth a shot! And yes, BrownEyed has stellar recipes!

  7. September 29, 2011 11:43 pm

    Oooh those do look bakery-perfect! I like the jagged edge trick. Thanks for sharing!

  8. September 30, 2011 2:47 am

    I’m crying and drooling at the same time. You hit two emotions in this post!
    I love it.

  9. September 30, 2011 3:02 am

    Those cookies look amazing! My best friend from high school and I had a bit of a spat in our senior year, but we are pretty close now. Which is kind of strange, but kind of awesome too. Have fun this weekend!

  10. Patti permalink
    September 30, 2011 2:20 pm

    Nothing better than a good homemade cookie -and these look fabulous! Have a great time in Florida.

  11. September 30, 2011 2:57 pm

    I want!!!

    Have a great weekend!!

  12. September 30, 2011 6:13 pm

    Those cookies look magical!

  13. September 30, 2011 7:39 pm

    Have fun, and tell everyone hello!

  14. September 30, 2011 8:25 pm

    Those cookies seriously look bakery perfect! Nice work and have a blast this weekend!

  15. October 1, 2011 6:15 pm

    Ohhh, I didn’t know about the splitting the dough trick! Thanks!

    Too bad you wont be close to Jax!

  16. October 2, 2011 4:07 pm

    Anything with 1.5 sticks of butter is a winner in my book. There’s just no way around it.

  17. October 3, 2011 5:41 pm

    LOL at your 1.5 sticks butter. Sometimes you just gotta do it.

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