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Sunday, June 7, 2009

Thick and Chewy M & M Cookies

This is the Cook's Illustrated version of Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies. I was making them for kids so I decided to swap out half the chocolate chips for M & M's. I've made them before and was happy to be reminded of how much I like them. They make a thick, chewy cookie, just like you'd get at the bakery and they are delicious. To keep them nice and chewy make sure you let them cool completely on the cookie sheet.

Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Cook's Illustrated

Printable Version
2 1/8 cups bleached all-purpose flour (about 10 1/2 ounces)
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
12 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks), melted and cooled slightly
1 cup brown sugar (light or dark), 7 ounces
1/2 cup granulated sugar (3 1/2 ounces)
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 - 2 cups chocolate chips or chunks (semi or bittersweet. Or use 1 c. chocolate chips and 1 cup M & M's.

1. Heat oven to 325 degrees. Adjust oven racks to upper- and lower-middle positions. Mix flour, salt, and baking soda together in medium bowl; set aside.
2. Either by hand or with electric mixer, mix butter and sugars until thoroughly blended. Mix in egg, yolk, and vanilla. Add dry ingredients; mix until just combined. Stir in chips.
3. Form scant 1/4 cup dough into ball. Holding dough ball using fingertips of both hands, pull into two equal halves. Rotate halves ninety degrees and, with jagged surfaces exposed, join halves together at their base, again forming a single cookie, being careful not to smooth dough’s uneven surface. Place formed dough onto one of two parchment paper-lined 20-by-14-inch lipless cookie sheets, about nine dough balls per sheet. Smaller cookie sheets can be used, but fewer cookies can be baked at one time and baking time may need to be adjusted. (Dough can be refrigerated up to 2 days or frozen up to 1 month—shaped or not.)
4. Bake, reversing cookie sheets’ positions halfway through baking, until cookies are light golden brown and outer edges start to harden yet centers are still soft and puffy, 15 to 18 minutes (start checking at 13 minutes). (Frozen dough requires an extra 1 to 2 minutes baking time.) Cool cookies on cookie sheets. Serve or store in airtight container. Makes 18 cookies.

*I just baked one batch at a time and left them in the same position the whole time.*

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Lesli Neilson said...

Dear Julia and Sallie,

Could I please have your permission to run your
recipe for M&M's chocolate chip cookies for a story I'm doing in
The Salt Lake Tribune?

Originally I wanted to attempt to track down ZCMI bakery recipes.
Since that was a bust, I was hoping to use local bloggers' recipes
that were similar, yet updated, to readers' requests for ZCMI baked

The story is running a week from today, Dec. 8 in The Mix section.

Many thanks,

Lesli Neilson

My Sister's Kitchen said...

Lesli-- You bet. That would be great. Thanks for checking out our blog and good luck with your article.

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