Thursday, January 18, 2007

Butter? It worked!

I recently commented to Anna at Cookie Madness that I don't like using butter for cookies because they always seem to get flat and crispy. She showed me one of her recipes for some cookies that use butter but don't flatten out. She's right! These are GREAT. I don't know if this will make me use butter more often, but these I will make again.
Her cookies are puffy and tender. One different thing is that the flour is bread flour. Anna said that this probably gives the cookies their tender nature. I also thought it was interesting the difference in the batter when the egg and vanilla were added, the color lightened and the batter immediately smoothed (check out the pictures below). The only thing I changed from her recipe was to use mint chocolate chips in the cookies rather than bittersweet chocolate, and I made Tablespoon sized cookies rather than 1/4 cup large cookies. These cookies do harden a bit (maybe because I made smaller ones) over time but soften quite well with a few seconds in the microwave. Who doesn't like warm cookies anyway? Try these cookies and stop by Anna's sight for more...she always has GREAT recipes!
Anna's Giant Chocolate Chunk Cookies
No mixer required!
1/2 cup pecan pieces
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup unsalted butter -- melted and slightly cooled (about 5 minutes)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups bread flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt1 (6 oz) dark or bittersweet chocolate bar, cut into chunks

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Spread pecan pieces over half of a large cookie sheet. Spread oats over other half of cookie sheet.
Bake pecans and oats for 8-10 minutes or until pecans are aromatic and toasted. Remove from oven and let cool.
In a medium bowl, stir (by hand) melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar until smooth. Stir in the egg and vanilla, being careful not to over-beat.
Mix together the bread flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt and stir into sugar mixture. Stir toasted oats and pecans. Stir in chocolate chunks.
Using a packed quarter cup measure or tablespoon if making smaller cookies, shape dough into balls and place on a dish. Refrigerate shaped dough balls for at least 3 hours.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment and place thoroughly chilled dough balls about 3 inches apart on cookie sheet. If making smaller cookies they can be placed closer together.
Bake cookies for 15 minutes for large cookies and 10-11 minutes for smaller cookies, or until done. Remove from baking sheets to cool on wire racks. Let cool completely
This recipe yields between 9 an 11 large cookies and 36 smaller cookies.
Now for a 3 things meme:
Three people/things that make me laugh: weird dreams, my mom, The Princess Bride
Three things that scare me: stinkbugs (!), 18-wheelers, taking the Step 1
Three things I love: my family, God's incredible grace, real friends
Three things I hate: bad grammar, smoking, studying
Three things I don’t understand: why I have to memorize hundreds of drugs only to forget them again and use a PDA to look them up when I need to use them, guys, my brother (I guess those could be the same thing)
Three things on my desk: 2 jewelry boxes, a fan, papers I need to find a place for Three things I want to do before I die: Go to New York, go to more Cubs games, win a recipe contest
Three things I can do: cook, sing, perform a medical physical exam and take a history. Three things I would like to learn: sign language, ballroom dancing, golf
Three favorite foods: squash, fruit (all kinds!), Spring rolls
Three beverages I drink regularly: water, lemonade, coffee (I've just started drinking it in the morning since it's cold again)
Three TV shows/Books I watched/read as a kid: Anne of Green Gables, Little House on the Prairie, Ramona

Okay, here are my tags:
VC at Sugar Delirium
Alisha at Cooking, Stamping, and Scrapping
Mandi at Red Dirt Mummy
Anna at Cookie Madness

9 comments:

Alisha said...

I have those same thoughts about butter and flat cookies so I'll have to give this recipe a try. Besides, I love Anna's site and haven't seen much there that I wouldn't want to make.

A meme, huh? Okay. :-)

Annie said...

Hi Claire,
Hey thanks for checking in with me even though I haven't been posting lately. You motivated me to get going again!!

Those cookies look sinful...just they way I like them!

Glenna said...

Hey, great recipe! I'm going to have to "borrow" this one because you're right. Butter makes them flat and crispy and Crisco makes them puff and chewy, usually. And what can my husband not have and that we all shouldn't have? Transfats. Great recipe. I'd all but given up making cookies.

Kristen said...

Those cookies look great!!

Anna said...

Nice photos!

Red dirt mummy said...

My first meme ever, how exciting. Thanks, Claire.

PS The cookies look yummy!

Claire said...

Alisha - You are one of the FEW that shares my qualms about butter and cookies. This one works thought. LOVED the meme.

Annie - I'm so glad you're getting back to blogging. Try the cookies...they're great!

Glenna - Well then, this recipe will be perfect for your hubby. I'm sure he'll love it.

Kristen - They are! Your kiddos would like them...as will you and the husband.

Anna - Thanks!

RDM - Hope to see the meme soon. This could be another cookie to try in the new toy!

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

I love Anna's blog... I always loved everything she posted over at the Cooking Light board. Glad she passed on a great recipe to you, I think she has some wonderful sounding stuff :) That being said, I have 1) never made cookies with bread flour and 2) always used real, unsalted butter in most of my baking recipes. I have found that margarine or fake butter never works in baked goods. May just be me and the recipes I make though

:)

Claire said...

Stacy - I agree. I love her recipes.