Classic NY Times Chocolate Chip Cookies

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The search for the perfect chocolate chip cookie seems to be never ending. Some of the best desserts though come with patience, persistence, and motivation. We can thank Ruth Wakefield for creating this national wonder by accident at her Toll House Inn back in the late 1930s.

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Making the cookie dough is the effortless and straightforward part. The challenge is waiting 24 to 36 hours while the dough rests in the fridge and you anticipate it’s completion. It’s just like marinating meat where it really makes a difference when you taste the juicy tender cuts. Don’t settle for the ready to bake “instant” cookies found in the refrigerated aisles of grocery stores. Rather, treat yourself to a quality freshly baked homemade dessert. One that you’d probably have to pay an exorbitant price if purchasing from the elite bakery with 1,000+ Yelp reviews around town. Pair your warm, irresistible cookie with some creamy ice cream and take it as an opportunity to practice mindfulness as you bask in the fruits of your efforts. Mind you, this product is far from actual fruits but there is a time and place for everything and occasionally it is the time for you.

Classic NY Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Servings: 1 ½ dozen cookies
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups minus 2 tablespoons cake flour (8 ½ ounces)
  • 1 2/3 cups bread flour (8 ½ ounces)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ½ teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 ¼ cups unsalted butter, room temperature (2 ½ sticks)
  • 1 ¼ cups brown sugar, packed (10 ounces)
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar (8 ounces)
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
  • 1 ¼ lb good quality dark chocolate chips/discs (Ghirardelli or Guittard) (3 1/3 cups)

Directions

  1. Sift cake flour, bread flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together in a medium sized bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy for about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing in between each addition. Add in vanilla bean paste and mix. Add dry ingredients and mix until dough just comes together. Fold in chocolate chips until evenly distributed.
  3. Press plastic wrap against the dough covering it completely, and refrigerate for at least 24-36 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Take 3 ½ ounces of dough and roll into a ball (about the size of a golf ball) and place 6 mounds of dough on a lined baking sheet. Sprinkle cookies with fleur de sel or sea salt. Bake for 14 to 18 minutes. Rotate baking tray 180 degrees halfway through.
  6. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes then move to a rack to finish cooling. Store in air tight container for up to 3 days or freeze for a few months.

Tips:

-Highly recommended to sprinkle the cookies with fleur de sel (sea salt) towards the end. It is part of the little touches that will make these cookies different than your average recipe.

-Resting the dough for 36 hours is hard! Most times we want instant cookies but the wait will be worth it. This allows for the gluten in the dough to loosen up and allows for the dough to absorb all the liquid leading to a firmer dough that will cook more evenly.

-Instead of dark chocolate you can split it up with half milk chocolate and half semi sweet chocolate for a different variation.

-If you don’t have cake or bread flour, you can substitute all purpose flour. Bread flour with its higher protein flour allows for a chewier cookie and cake flour with its lower protein flour allows for a softer cookie.

Adapted from NY Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe

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Liebster Award

Today’s special news:

Kat & Kloh from StateEats nominated Simply Delicious for a Liebster Award!

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This award is given from bloggers to bloggers to help promote their blog and get their names out there!

Once you are nominated, you have to meet the following criteria:

  • Answer the 10 Liebster questions give to you by the blogger who nominated you
  • Select 10 blogs with a small following to nominate for the award
  • Create 10 questions for your nominees
  • Link back to your nominator
  • Inform each of your nominees of your nomination

Thanks StateEats for the nomination! If you love traveling and food, be sure to check out their blog for a variety of mouthwatering recipes from their travels to all 50 states.

Here are Kat & Kloh’s Questions

1. What’s your favorite comfort food?

A large bowl of cheesy broccoli cheddar soup with a loaf of soft French bread on the side

2. Where would you like to travel that you’ve never been?

Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania- the challenge of climbing one of the Seven Summits is something I’ve always wanted to do

3.  What is a killer-good dish that you make that impresses everyone?  

Cheesecake. New York Style. Caramel Pecan. Chocolate Hazelnut. Any flavor is to die for.

cheesecake      hazelnut cheesecake

4. What song whisks you right back to high school when you hear it?

I Gotta Feeling by Black Eyed Peas

5. What is a food or dish you never eat?  

Not a picky eater but mustard is one condiment that I’m not very fond of

6. Who has served as a role model for you?

My mother, she always turns to be right regarding her advice and everything

7. Name one ingredient you cannot live without.

Butter. Somehow it always manages to find its way in every recipe…

8. What have you discovered about blogging that you didn’t know when you started?

There are so many ways you can customize your blog, one of my favorite is including a printable recipe link

9. What is a weird food combination that you love that doesn’t sound appealing but is really delicious?

Red Velvet Cake with Beets. You don’t even taste the beets in it and the best thing is that the color is 100% natural

10. What is the last book you read and loved?

Divergent by Veronica Roth

My deelish food blogger nominations:

A Dash Of Razan– words of wisdom in the arts of cooking, fashion, and everyday life

Thirsty for Tea– A blog dedicated to tea, tea foods, and modernizing a time-honored tradition

A Distinguished Palate– Breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, you name it

Ocean View Kitchen– Real Food Recipes

That Damned CanAsian-Tips and tricks, recipes, along with travel tidbits

Delicious Delicious Bagel– Baking and delicious bites to share

Miss Wu Kitchen- Food makes me smile. I’m on a “seafood” diet. I see food & I eat it

HappyLife.HealthyLife – Keeping You Happy & Healthy In Today’s Crazy World

Leni & Viv– Recipes, Cooking Tips, & Food Inspiration from Our House to Yours

Food 4 Your Mood– A Journey to the Gastronomy Universe

Here are my Liebster Questions:

  1. What is your favorite, easy to make dessert for parties?
  2. What is the weirdest drink flavor or combo you have ever had?
  3. What dessert flavor do you always end up ordering?
  4. Describe one of your biggest cooking/baking fails.
  5. Which Food Network show is your favorite?
  6. Have you ever been to a Man vs. Food restaurant or bakery?
  7. Do you prefer baking solo or with other people?
  8. Who/what inspired you to start your food blog?
  9. What is a dish that you’ve always wanted to make.
  10. What is your favorite fried food?