Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Super Soft Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

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This chocolate chip cookie recipe is by far the best one I've ever made.  They're big, soft, and chock full of chocolate.  And as a bonus for our family, they come out perfectly even with the substitutions we have to make for our allergies and dietary restrictions.  They're perfection!  (Thanks, Pinterest and Averie Cooks!)


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Super Soft Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies
(Egg and Peanut Free**)

Yield: 20 cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hours+
Cook Time: 7-9 minutes


Ingredients:
3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup applesauce*
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups 100% whole wheat pastry flour* (My favorite is Bob's Red Mill)
2 tsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups dark chocolate chips*

*Substitutions:
-1 egg may be used instead of 1/3 cup applesauce.
-2 cups all purpose white flour may be used instead of 100% whole wheat pastry flour.  I have found that 100% whole wheat pastry flour works well as a 1:1 substitution for white flour.  Regular whole wheat flour is too dense as a 1:1 substitution. 
-2 cups of any combination of cookie fillers may be used instead of dark chocolate chips.  Those are just our favorite!  We have used 1 cup craisins + 1 cup white chocolate chips as well - oh my, deliciousness!


Directions:

1.  Beat butter in a stand mixer until smooth (1-2 minutes).

2.  Add both sugars and beat until creamed (2 minutes).

3.  Scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula.  Add the applesauce and vanilla.  Beat until well mixed (2 minutes).

4.  Scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula.  Add flour, corn starch, baking soda, and salt.  Mix until just combined (1 minute).

5.  Add dark chocolate chips.  Mix at a slow speed for a less than 30 seconds.  Or fold in with a spatula.

6.  Form heaping mounds of cookie dough approximately a little less than 1/4 cup size each.  Arrange cookie dough mounds on a plate (see picture below).  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours (but up to 5 days).


Super Soft Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe - Egg and Peanut Free - www.sweetlittleonesblog.com
And if you don't use eggs, feel free to eat as much cookie dough as you please ;)


7.  Preheat oven to 350F.  Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray.  Bake 8 cookies at a time for 8-10 minutes.  (If using applesauce, it will probably be closer to 10 minutes.  If you use an egg, 8 minutes.)  Once the cookie's edges turn slightly golden brown, the cookie is done (even if the center still looks doughy - it will firm up!).  Do not over-bake.

8.  Allow cookies to cool for 5 minutes on cookie sheet.  Then transfer to cooling rack to finish cooling.  Store in airtight container for up to 5 days.


Notes:
Do not skip refrigerating the cookies.  The original recipe states that refrigeration is optional, but the cookies are so much better if they are chilled for at least 2 hours prior to baking.  Without being chilled, they will come out flat and dense.  We much prefer our cookies to be fluffy and soft!


**Always check the ingredients to make sure what you're using is free from the allergen you want to avoid.  Some chocolate chips contain peanuts.  I use Nestle Toll House Dark Chocolate Morsels, which at the time of this post, do not contain peanuts.  But as I have already said, always check the ingredients no matter what!

Modified from Averie Cooks's Chocolate Chip and Chunk Cookies


Super Soft Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe - Egg and Peanut Free - www.sweetlittleonesblog.com



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