The Opinionated Baker

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Unpretentious cookies- The Chewy

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There’s something special about chocolate chip cookies. It’s a crowd favourite and nobody can say no to a chocolate chip cookie… at least not honestly. It’s unhealthy, and yet oh so irresistible. You can dress it up with expensive dark chocolate, or dress it down with normal baking milk chocolate… and yet no matter what, it remains so unpretentious and true to itself.

I was chilling with a girlfriend the other day, and she was telling me how there were people who automatically judged her as a pretentious bitch based on her accent. Although she’s indian, the words that flow from her mouth naturally take on an American accent. And yet, that’s just the way she is. Born and bred in India and Singapore, she probably watched one to many American sitcoms as a child…

But the point is, none of those people know who she really is as a person. If they don’t even know who she really is, how can they judge her to be pretending?

Thank goodness chocolate chip cookies are naturally unpretentious… thus saving themselves from the heartache of being harshly judged by the uninformed world. These are cookies that you can safely bring for a gathering or to give away, without people deeming you as a show-off or something mean. Because as much as we wished that the world was made of puppies and sunshine… it’s not.

But no fear, ugly as the world may be… at least you still have chocolate chip cookies to eat. And they’re really good too. Although not as good as the Neiman Marcus cookies that I did the other round…but then again…I didn’t strictly follow the recipe, maybe if you do, they’ll turn out superb!

Alton Brown’s The Chewy


  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 2 1/4 cups bread flour (I had no bread flour! So I subst with all-purpose)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Heat oven to 375 degrees F.

Melt the butter in a heavy-bottom medium saucepan over low heat. Sift together the flour, salt, and baking soda and set aside.

Pour the melted butter in the mixer’s work bowl. Add the sugar and brown sugar. (The butter must be REALLY hot at this step so that it can help in melting the sugar, don’t burn yourself!) Cream the butter and sugars on medium speed. Add the egg, yolk, 2 tablespoons milk and vanilla extract and mix until well combined. Slowly incorporate the flour mixture until thoroughly combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Chill the dough (this step is VERY IMPT. Don’t skip it! Chill for min. of 5 hours) then (scoop with an ice-cream scoop) onto parchment-lined baking sheets, 6 cookies per sheet.

Bake for 14 minutes or until golden brown, checking the cookies after 5 minutes. Rotate the baking sheet for even browning.

Cool completely and store in an airtight container.


Written by Musingsat

September 5, 2010 at 10:02 am

Posted in Chocolate, Cookies

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  1. I just realised that i didnt link u on my blog!!!!!!


    September 28, 2010 at 6:48 am

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