Bake This Now: 3 Must-Have Holiday Cookie Recipes
|Artisan / Deborah Jones|
|Alice Medrich's Ultrathin Chocolate Chunk Cookies|
As Medrich explains in the recipe introduction, they are a "theatrical departure from mainstream chocolate chip cookies, these ultra-thin cookies are large and decidedly flat. They shatter dramatically when you bite them, releasing loads of caramel brown sugar goodness and bursts of bittersweet chocolate." Just what we're looking for -- a grand holiday cookie entrance.
Baker's Bonus: That tendency to shatter dramatically means you're going to break a few as you make them. Lucky you.
Ultra-Thin Chocolate Chunk Cookies
From: Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy Melt-In-Your-Mouth Cookies (Alice Medrich)
Makes: 15 5-inch cookies
Note: Per Medrich, "These cookies will not spread as they should in a convection oven, so make them only if you have a conventional oven."
1 1/3 cups (6 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup (1.5 ounces) rolled oats
1/2 cup (3.5 ounces) granulated sugar
1/4 cup (1.75 ounces) packed dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon (2 ounces) light corn syrup
2 tablespoons whole milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
7 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped into chunks, or 1 generously heaping cup chocolate chips or chunks
Equipment: Cookie sheets, lined with foil, dull side up. Preheat the oven to 325 F. Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven.
1. Combine the flour and baking soda in a small bowl, mixing them thoroughly with a whisk or fork.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter, oats, sugars, corn syrup, milk, and salt. Whisk in the flour mixture. If the batter is still warm from the butter, let it cool to room temperature before adding the chocolate. Stir in the chocolate chunks. If possible, let the dough rest for at least several hours at room temperature or covered overnight in the fridge. The rest makes for an especially crisp and extra-flavorful cookie.
3. Divide the dough into 15 equal pieces (each a scant 1/4 cup or about 1.75 ounces). Arrange 5 pieces of dough (4 in a square and 1 in the center) well apart on each sheet of foil, remembering that the cookies will spread 5 inches. Flatten each piece of dough until it is about 3 1/2 inches in diameter. Slide two of the sheets of foil onto baking sheets.
4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the cookies are thin and very brown. If they are too pale, they will not be crisp. Rotate the pans from top to bottom and front to back halfway through the baking time to ensure even baking. Slide the cookies and foil onto wire racks to cool completely before removing the cookies from the foil. Repeat with the third batch--you can slide the next foil and cookie dough onto a hot baking sheet as long as you put the sheet in the oven immediately. Cool the cookies completely before stacking or storing. May be kept in an airtight container for at least 3 days.
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