Wednesday, July 22, 2009

I think I found them!!!

My search for the PERFECT chocolate chip cookie continues...

I was perusing on tastespotting the other day when I saw the first post on a new blog, Pastry Pal. Irina is an experienced pastry chef who started a new blog this month and she started it off w/ a bang. She made chocolate chip cookies. I was drawn to the page b/c the picture looked so yummy, perfect and thick, not flat at all. So I made them last night. My original idea was to divide half the batter and mix in candied bacon (like I did here) and the other half just make plain ol' chocolate chip cookies. Well, I got distracted licking the dough off my fingers and this is what happened to my bacon. It turned into straight up hard candy. Definitely wasn't going to work w/ the cookies. Although I did have a bite. Good, but WAY too hard.
So I made Irina's cookies and they came out a wee bit different. I did everything she did except I used chocolate chips. I don't like semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate, so I use milk chocolate for my chips. Well, I thought I had a huge bar of milk chocolate at home, but I think someone ate it... I'm not naming names, but you know who you are!!!
So I used chocolate chips b/c hey, they are chocolate CHIP cookies, right?
I think the chocolate chips made the cookies look way flatter than they were. Not that they were that thick, but they definitely could have been thicker.

Fresh from the oven... So wanted to grab one right then...
Plated on my mom's totally retro Corelle dishes.
I only made a few b/c my main goal was to have them for this weekend b/c chocolate chip cookies are my sweetheart's favorite. Normally, I put the remaining batter into a Tupperware container and leave it in the fridge, but Irina's idea or rolling the batter into a log and keeping it in the freezer is a MUCH better idea. I've heard that your cookies don't flatten as much the colder they are when they go in, so maybe that'll help them even more. I definitely think that using a bar and chopping it up is the way to go, especially b/c of how good they look in Irina's blog. :)
I do have two more recipes I want to try, just b/c I am way intrigued by how different they are! So look out for those soon!

7 comments:

Irina @ PastryPal said...

Oh, yeah! I'm so excited you made the recipe! Did they taste good?

Love the idea of adding bacon. Everything's better with bacon, right?

NikiTheo said...

Haha, I forgot to mention that huh??? I was so tired last night while writing this!
They were delicious. The edges had that caramelized, semi-crunch that I love and the inside was chewy and soft. VERY GOOD!!!
:)

Bellini Valli said...

You may hav found perfection:D

Ivy said...

Great idea to add the bacon. I have heard of chocolates with bacon but never in cookies. I am curious to try them.

NikiTheo said...

Ivy, it's great. A nice substitute for nuts, if you are serving people w/ allergies. If you candy the bacon like in my previous blog, then it adds some sweet smokiness, or you can just toss in plain cooked bacon for a salty smokiness. Either way, it's weird b/c you think it's just a nut at first. :)

The Cookbook Apprentice said...

The cookies look delicious! I loved seeing the Corelle dish. Growing up we had a set of gold Corelle dishes. I recently started buying pieces of it online - great memories.

The Cookbook Apprentice said...

The cookies look delicious! I loved seeing the Corelle dish. Growing up we had a set of gold Corelle dishes. I recently started buying pieces of it online - great memories.