Thursday, March 12, 2009

Vanilla Bean Chocolate Chunk Cookies

So every food blog I look at seems to have a Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe displayed on it. Except for mine. But that's just it, EVERYBODY loves Chocolate Chip Cookies and EVERYBODY makes them. So why in the world would I decide to make, bake and blog my version of those cookies this weekend? Sigh, here's why........

That's Nate, my youngest son, and a college student, came up to see his Dad this weekend. How could I NOT make cookies right?

OK, so I'm a softie, but I did whip his butt at Cribbage so the old man still rules.

Here's the recipe: (adapted from the back of the package)

2 1/4 cups flour (I use exclusively King Arthur flour)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks butter, softened)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped
2 eggs
1 large package chocolate chunks

Combine sugars, and butter and eggs and beat thoroughly. Add scraped vanilla bean seeds.

Combine flour, salt, baking soda and add to mixture.

When combined, hand fold in the chocolate chunks.

Chill dough for 15 minutes to make it easier to work with, and so cookies won't spread too much while baking.

Drop by tablespoon fulls onto cookie sheet or parchment paper.

Bake in 325 degree oven for 15 minutes. Cookies should just begin to brown around the edges.

Remove from oven, cool for 10 minutes on pan and remove to wire rack and let cool completely.



pat said...

You can't go wrong with a good chocolate chip cookie and those look delicious! I have to laugh every time I see you making something with vanilla beans - still working through your stash, aren't you. I just don't get it - if you go to the store you get 2 vanilla beans for about $10 and you found a whole pound for $20. I'm still drooling over that but haven't yet taken the plunge and ordered some. Are they of the same quality that you would get elsewhere and pay through the nose for? How are you storing them so they don't dry out? Can you tell I want some??

pat said...

Oh, and btw, Nate is a very handsome young man!

Cheesy said...


Maggie said...

Cute son! You should try aging cookie dough that has vanilla bean. If you store it in the fridge for a day or two it really gets even more vanilla flavor.

Anonymous said...

Your son is smokin'.

Anonymous said...

"The duck may swim on the lake but my daddy owns the lake."[Matthews 3:58]

Dazy said...

These cookies are fab and so tempting, I just can't afford to miss. This would surely keep me busy in the kitchen.