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Two Peas and Their Pod: Jake's Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Jake's Chocolate Chip Cookies



Our friend Jake makes the best chocolate chip cookies. He made me a batch for my birthday in February and I was in heaven..and so was Josh. Josh was eating them so fast I had to hide some in the freezer for later:) Well, he eventually found those and the cookies were gone. It was a sad day.

Well, good news! Jake recently shared his secret recipe with me. I was so excited, but a little nervous to bake them. I didn't want to ruin a good thing. I eventually got over my stage fright and whipped up a batch.

I was surprised there wasn't any super special secret ingredient. The recipe looked pretty basic, just like any other chocolate chip cookie recipe. I think the big difference was using quality ingredients, creaming the butter and sugar for a long time, and there was no baking powder involved.

I followed Jake's instructions to a T and the results were outstanding! The cookies were divine! Thanks Jake. The recipe is below, in Jake's words. Now, I just have to refrain myself from making them every week. Having this recipe could be dangerous:)







Jake's Chocolate Chip Cookies

(Printable Recipe)

Here is my basic recipe as good as I can remember it. I don't really have it written down I just know what goes in. :-)


2 sticks of good unsalted butter. ( I use the Land o' Lakes European style)
1 cup of white Sugar
1 cup dark brown sugar

Cream together for at least 5 minutes. I cream the butter and sugar until it has turned nearly white. It takes at least 5 minutes sometimes more depending on the temp of the butter.

3 Eggs

Add one at a time mixing well.

2-3 tsp Vanilla Extract (the good stuff)
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt

2-3 Cups flour (I used 3)

Be careful not to add too much flour. A lot of good cookies have gone bad because of too much flour. I will usually mix in 2 cups and let the mixer go for about 5-6 minutes then adjust with a little bit more 1/4 cup at a time.

Bag of quality chocolate chips. (Jake recommends
Ghirardelli but I used chopped up bars of Scharffen Berger. This is the only change I made to the recipe.)

Mix well. If needed add an additional 1/4 cup of flour but not too much. Once the chips are in you can't mix for too long so any flour you add may not get mixed in completely.

Bake at 350 for 9-12 minutes depending on size of cookie. I don't rotate pans or anything like that. I put in a single pan at a time and cook until they are done. I leave the door closed until the timer goes off and I check them. Cookies aren't souffles but I kind of treat them like souffles. I like the individual variations that can occur in doneness by not rotating the pan.

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66 Comments:

Blogger VeggieGirl said...

Having a friend who bakes sensational chocolate chip cookies = priceless!!

12:13 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I swear dark brown sugar makes a world of diff.
Awesome!

12:19 PM  
Blogger Balance, Joy and Delicias! said...

yeah~~ I want a friend like you! :D

12:26 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

mmm, yum.. I will have to try this recipe out.

12:30 PM  
Blogger indhu said...

yummy :)
am soo going to try this one :)

- Indhu (www.thayirsaadham.com)

12:37 PM  
Blogger PheMom said...

Any scope that is worth using so much it is remembered by heart is worth trying in my book. Those look awesome!

12:49 PM  
Blogger Gaby said...

these look soooo yummy!

12:51 PM  
Blogger HoneyB said...

A couple of these would make me a very happy camper. They look awesome!

1:32 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

ohhh. i want jake to be my friend, too!

1:41 PM  
Blogger ttfn300 said...

hehe, gotta love awesome cookies!! glad he shared the recipe :)

1:50 PM  
Blogger Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Oh, yummy! That's something I love!

Cheers,

Rosa

2:26 PM  
Blogger Erica said...

YUM! Isn't it amazing how much the quality of the ingredients can impact the outcome? They look fabulous! Thank you for sharing with us too Jake!!

How are you feeling this weekend?

2:31 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

I'm craving sweets right now and these look pretty darn tasty. I'll have to give these a try. There is always room for another CC cookie recipe!

3:06 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

I'm craving sweets right now and these look pretty darn tasty. I'll have to give these a try. There is always room for another CC cookie recipe!

3:06 PM  
Blogger Pearl said...

where did you get a friend like jake? i want one, too! :D
wow - what incredible looking chocolate chip cookies! i don't think those would last a day.

3:10 PM  
Blogger Debbie said...

I am always ready for another chocolate chip recipe. I love chocolate chip cookies and have no self control when it comes to eating them!!!!

4:22 PM  
Blogger Reeni♥ said...

They look delicious! They look soft in the middle, just the way I like them!

5:36 PM  
Blogger Donna-FFW said...

How delicious, I have never made them with dark brown sugar! Love them!

5:38 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

They look scrumptiously delicious! :)

5:57 PM  
Blogger Annie said...

I could eat them everyday. They look so good.
I agree about the dark brown sugar, it really does make a difference.

6:45 PM  
Blogger The Food Librarian said...

These look delicious! I can't wait to try them.

7:13 PM  
Blogger A_and_N said...

You have a friend who bakes for you? Wow, I play that role usually :(

7:31 PM  
Blogger A_and_N said...

You have a friend who bakes for you? Wow, I play that role usually :(

7:31 PM  
Blogger Amy Beatty said...

I want that dough, it looks so good!

8:54 PM  
Blogger Cakebrain said...

just what I was craving! love those craggy dark chunks of chocolate!

10:59 PM  
Blogger CookiePie said...

A friend with a fabulous chocolate-chip cookie recipe is a good friend to have! :) Thanks for sharing!

2:57 AM  
Blogger Culinary Wannabe said...

They look thin and crisp, with a nice gooey center - the perfect consistency for a chocolate chip cookie!

3:50 AM  
Blogger Meghan said...

These look so good! I've been on the look out for a good chocolate chip cookie recipe!

5:43 AM  
Blogger Katherine Aucoin said...

I love chocolate chip cookies and dark brown sugar is what puts them over the top!

6:09 AM  
Blogger The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Isn't amazing how some people just have the right touch with chocolate chip cookies. I baked batches of them for years before I got them right.

I may be weird, but I always prefer light brown sugar to dark in my cookies. I just find the molasses taste too strong when I use dark brown sugar.

That's some awesome chocolate you used there. Wow!

6:15 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

These look good, Maria. Isn't it funny how we keep trying new versions of some recipes while others simply stay as they were first written. I guess we're all on a quest for a perfect cc cookie.

6:48 AM  
Blogger stephchows said...

WOW 2 sticks butter??? I bet they taste good hehe. Thank you Jake for sharing your recipe!

7:41 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

Thanks everyone. I am so glad Jake shared his recipe, it is a good one!

7:49 AM  
Blogger Jo said...

yummy! these looks wonderful :)

7:55 AM  
Blogger Cathy said...

Awesome! Jake's techniques are really interesting, especially the long mixing after adding the flour. I can't wait to give them a try. This looks soooo good, and I really can't get enough of chocolate chip cookies (especially amazing ones!)

8:06 AM  
Blogger lesley said...

Yum! You just can't beat some good chocolate chip cookies!

8:19 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Mmmm. I could eat quite a few of those beauties. They look GREAT!

Your lemon bundt cake down below is calling my name.

8:40 AM  
Blogger Grace said...

your stacking prowess is outstanding. :)
great cookies, obviously.

8:49 AM  
Blogger How To Eat A Cupcake said...

You can never have too many chocolate chip cookie recipes! I'll have to try my favorite recipe with European butter! I love using chopped up chocolate in mine too. These look so yummy!!

9:45 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

Yum! Nothing beats a homemade chocolate chip cookie!

10:22 AM  
Blogger Jake said...

I'm glad everyone likes those cookies. Maria was begging me for the recipe for months before I finally gave in and wrote it down. :-)

I'm honored to be featured on Maria's blog.

10:29 AM  
Blogger pinkstripes said...

Those look great! I must try them.

11:02 AM  
Blogger Bridgett said...

You can't go wrong with chocolate chip!

12:49 PM  
Blogger Teanna said...

Maria, those look absolutely fantastic!!! I will definitely try this recipe!

1:44 PM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

Those look just the way I like them, crisp and thin! YUM!

1:59 PM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

I love cookies. It's so lovely your friend shared his recipe!

2:31 PM  
Blogger Monica H said...

There's nothing better than a warm, fresh from the oven chocolate chip cookie. Or perhaps 192 of them :-)

2:37 PM  
Blogger Deborah said...

You can never go wrong with a good chocolate chip cookie!

3:55 PM  
Blogger Katrina said...

Those look awesome! Seriously, the dough is beat after the flour is added for 5-6 minutes? That sounds unheard of. I'm intrigued. Love the first photo of the stacking cookies.

4:39 PM  
Blogger Priscilla said...

These look soo amazing! Wow, I need one!

5:34 PM  
Blogger Dragon said...

I think I can eat about a dozen of these cookies. :)

6:06 PM  
Blogger Pamela said...

Oh, I am SO making these VERY soon.

6:42 PM  
Blogger Live.Love.Eat said...

They look awesome. Love them piled up on the mug!

8:20 PM  
Blogger Kerstin said...

Looks delicious!!! I wish I had a baking friend - nothing is better than homemade chocolate chip cookies that didn't cause your kitchen to get messy :)

9:01 PM  
Blogger Selba said...

Yummy...

I've been craving for chocolate chip cookies!

10:21 PM  
Blogger Elyse said...

I always love a new CCC recipe! So glad Jake chose to divulge his recipe. These look sooo fabulous. I'm sad that I'm just getting around to reading my google reader now. I wish I could've made these on Sunday! Man, do they look fabulous!

12:02 AM  
Blogger 5 Star Foodie said...

These look fabulous!

5:36 AM  
Blogger Cate said...

What a great friend! They look thin and crispy, my favorite kind - yum!

6:29 AM  
Blogger eatme_delicious said...

Ooo yum I remember you mentioning these before so I'm really happy you posted the recipe!! =)

7:19 AM  
Blogger Robin Sue said...

I think I will follow your advice and really cream the butter. These look so good and with such great ingredients it must be a good cookie for sure!

9:43 AM  
Blogger Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

An award for you, come by

10:41 AM  
Blogger Not Another Omnivore said...

mmmm...those looks superb!

NAOmni

11:00 AM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Maria, where do you find the time to do so much baking? And how are you so thin with all that deliciousness around? The world needs answers!

11:15 AM  
Blogger kellypea said...

I never met a choco chip cookie that looked like these beauties I didn't like. They're HUGE! I'd have found them in the freezer, too. ; )

11:21 AM  
Blogger Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer said...

These look so DAMN good and I love that you are not using chips!!

1:11 PM  
Blogger Maria♥ said...

I love the name of these cookies, maybe it's cos my son is called Jake too! These look real yummy!

Maria
x

8:43 AM  

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