Chocolate. I like it but I’ve determined that I’m allergic. That doesn’t stop me from making chocolate chip cookies for the gang! I found a recipe on Pinterest again. This time it was a recipe from the New York Times. It seemed like a very standard recipe but it had one strange addition of mandatory sea salt.
So on a lovely hot night in Palm Springs, I decided to bake cookies! Luckily my friends have had a few drinks, so there was a good chance that I could succeed no matter what came out of the oven.
- 2 cups minus 2 tablespoons (8 1/2 ounces) cake flour
- 1 2/3 cups (8 1/2 ounces) bread flour
- 1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
- 2 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter (1 1/4 cups)
- 1 1/4 cups light brown sugar (10 ounces)
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (8 ounces) granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons natural vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 pounds bittersweet chocolate (at least 60% cacao)
- Sea Salt
I followed the directions as they were written. You basically mix the dry ingredients and set aside. Then mix the butter and sugars together and add an egg one at a time. Once all of your wet ingredients are together, you slowly incorporate your dry ingredients. When the cookie dough is combined, gently add your chocolate chip cookies. I then put chocolate chip cookie dough in plastic wrap and formed a couple of cookie loaves to put in the refrigerator. You should let this dough set for at least a day. It honestly does make a difference in the flavor of the dough.
It made it easier that I had premade cookie dough for Palm Springs. I just had to cut cookies, place them on a cookie sheet AND sprinkle with sea salt. I wasn’t sure about this but the recipe insists not to skip this step so I just trusted and sprinkled away!
Out of the oven, I delivered them to the pool. Comments of “Mmmmmm” and “is there salt on this?” accompanied lip smacking and Cookie Monster munching and crunching.
I purposefully did not tell anyone that the cookies were sprinkled with sea salt. They definitely noticed it and welcomed the additional flavor. I almost forgot to take a pic of the cookies because they went so fast! Make these and do not forget the sea salt!