Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Chocolate Chip Cookies

My roommate Eddie had a huge garage sale over the weekend so I decided to set up an old fashioned lemonade stand with chocolate chip cookies and fresh lemonade. Unfortunately nobody bought my cookies and Eddie and I drank most of the lemonade because it was so hot! I tried a new recipe for my chocolate chip cookies. I prefer a thin, crispy cookie but instead went with a more traditional recipe. These cookies were soft and chewy. The coffee flavoring complimented the chocolate chips nicely. The recipe I used is the (in)famous Neiman Marcus recipe. Rumor has it the store charged a woman $250 for the recipe and she has been giving it away ever since.

Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie
yields about 2 dozen cookies

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 teaspoons instant espresso-coffee powder


1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Cream the butter with the sugars using an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy (approximately 30 seconds)

2. Beat in the egg and the vanilla extract for another 30 seconds.

3. In a mixing bowl, sift together the dry ingredients and beat into the butter mixture at low speed for about 15 seconds. Stir in the espresso coffee powder and chocolate chips.

4. Using a 1 ounce scoop or a 2 tablespoon measure, drop cookie dough onto a greased cookie sheet about 3 inches apart. Gently press down on the dough with the back of a spoon to spread out into a 2 inch circle. Bake for 1 sheet at a time for about 7 minutes and then rotate and bake another 7 minutes (total 14 minutes). Bake a little longer for a crispier cookie.

**Note: the original recipe says to bake the cookie for 20 minutes but my first batch burned. So I tried less time and rotating the sheet pan which came produced a more evenly baked cookie.

Yield: 2 dozen cookies


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