Thomas Keller Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:
  • 2 1/3 cups + 1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 2 sticks ( 8oz ) of cold butter cut into small pieces
  • 3/4 tsp. of baking Soda
  • 1 tsp. of kosher salt ( I used 1 1/2 tsp. of sea salt )
  • 1 cup of packed dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 5 oz of 55% chocolate, cut into chip sized pieces *
  • 5 oz of 70-72% chocolate, cut into chip sized pieces *
  • 1 tsp of ground cinnamon ( optional, not in actual recipe )

* All I had on hand was some Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate. It worked perfectly but I would love to try this with even darker chocolate. *

Method:

Position the racks in the lower and upper thirds of the oven and preheat to 350F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

In a small bowl, sift the flour and baking soda. Stir in salt and set aside.

Put the chopped chocolate in a fine-mesh strainer and shake to remove the small chocolate 'dust' fragments. Set aside.

In a large bowl, Beat half the butter ( 1 stick ) on medium speed until smooth. Add both sugars and remaining butter, and beat until well combined. Continue to beat for about 3 more minutes till light and creamy. Scrape down the sides and beat in the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the dry ingredients on low and mix to combine. I had to add mine a little but at a time. Mix in the chocolate with a large spatula and keep folding it in until the chocolate is evenly incorporated.

Using about 2 level Tbsp. per cookie, shape into balls. Arrange the cookies 2 inches apart. Bake for 12 minutes, or until the tops are no longer shiny. Switch the position of the pans ( lower to upper ) and rotate halfway through baking time. For my cookies, I set the timer for 12 minutes exactly. After 6 minutes I switched and rotated without pausing the timer. This resulted in the perfect cookie texture.
 
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