Monday, March 21, 2011

The world's best chocolate chip cookies. You're welcome.

I know, I know-- the one year anniversary passage of the Affordable Care Act is coming up on Weds, and I'm kicking off the week with an ode to treats. Never fear, ACA-related posts are on the way. But Monday, you just kind of want to ease into the week (or seek a sugar rush), so here you go. Many of you may already be familiar with the World's Best Chocolate Chip Cookies a la Debbie Koenig of Words to Eat By. If not, and if you're a fan of chocolate chip cookies, these are definitely the ones to try. They are perfect.

I love Debbie and think you should click over and read her fabulous blog not only because you will forever after have dinner figured out, but also because for those of you short on time (hello everyone), you'll learn the art and science of Naptime Cooking, which is basically breaking up prep work over 5-10 minute periods and making the cooking easy. This has saved me from eating nothing but Trader Joe's frozen anything countless times. 

Don't get me wrong; Uncle Joe is still keeping my freezer well stocked. But it's not my go-to now. I actually fall back on Naptime Cooking skills and seriously think I can work all day and get dinner on the table and not go insane. (And the good news is my spouse can cook and does cook-- but the bad news is that he often doesn't get home in time. It's all so genderiffic, isn't it? I'm about to go over the art of slow cooking with him one of these days though. Happily, he's all about extravagant weekend breakfasts.)

Ok so. Back to those cookies. They are, as advertised, the perfect combination of chewy with a delicate crisp crust. Make them *exactly* as she prescribes. I did, including refrigerating the dough in the bowl. I was not sorry.

Dammit, it's already confession time. I made a couple modifications. I used King Arthur's 100% White Whole Wheat flour because we never have plain all purpose in the house (having a dad with diabetes got me completely out of the white flour habit-- just never had it growing up). And I substituted 1/2 c. of white sugar with quick oats. Just because I love oats and chocolate. Also, I probably went overboard on vanilla by 1/2 a teaspoon. It's crazy. I know.

They were still heavenly and I'd do it again. And I hope you do too! 

Who's made these? Give a woot woot below.