Let me start this off on a grouchy note and tell you–the Man is real, and he will definitely try to get you when you’re not looking. For me, this is the most unpleasant of Adult Unpleasantries because the Man often sends perfectly nice people to do his dirty work. Confrontation is unpleasant… But being treated unfairly is more unpleasant. So, I had business to take care of at some point, and all I wanted to do was make cookies. If you told me I had a horrid disease, or towed my car, or punched me (P.S. don’t do that), or canceled Parks and Recreation (P.S. SERIOUSLY, don’t do that)… I’d probably just wanna make cookies.
I’m really into chocolate chip cookies with a twist (stay tuned for at least another post of this nature!). Orange seems natural, and right at home. Citrus and chocolate is definitely one of my favorite flavor combinations. This orange, though not a blood orange, was pretty and reddish inside. I saw that it came all the way from Australia and felt a bit bad… Sorry, matey. You were delicious. Such is off-season life.
I’ll be the first to admit I haven’t really tested many chocolate chip cookie recipes. But, Alton Brown’s is so good that I don’t feel the need to stray. That man has already done the science for a perfectly chewy cookie (which is my preference, most definitely). Bread flour for lots of gluten, a high proportion of brown sugar for chewiness, an extra egg yolk for moisture. He is on it.
He also wants you to melt the butter… Which is unusual and I’m still not sure what the purpose of this is.
Maybe I’ll try doing it the solid way at some point. Butter-and-sugar bases don’t normally look like this.
But don’t worry… This looks like cookie dough after all. And the dough is delicious.
And this looks like cookies.
And… I can’t even. This is the most beautiful sight and smell on Earth.
Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies
(adapted from Alton Brown)
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
2 1/4 cups bread flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
2 tablespoons milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 orange, zested
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
Melt the butter in a 2-quart saucepan over low heat. Set aside to cool slightly.
Sift together the flour, salt and baking soda. Whisk together the whole egg, the egg yolk, milk, orange zest and vanilla extract in a cup. Using a mixer, mix together sugar, brown sugar and melted butter in a large bowl on medium speed for 2 minutes. Reduce the mixer speed and slowly add the egg mixture. Mix until thoroughly combined, about 30 seconds.
Gradually integrate the dry ingredients, stopping a couple of times to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Once the flour is worked in, stir in chocolate chips. Chill the dough for at least 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Divide the dough into 24 balls and flatten slightly to form cookies. Place on parchment-paper lined cookie sheets (6 cookies per half-sheet). Bake for 10-15 minutes (10 minutes for chewy, soft cookies, 15 for some crispness on the outer edges), rotating the pans halfway through for even baking. Remove from the oven, and cool on a rack.