recipes from the escobosa kitchen

Chocolate Chip Cookies

source Thomas Keller from Ad Hoc at Home
Ingredients
for about 44 people
  • 2.332 ⅓ cups all-purpose flour, plus 1 tablespoon
  • 0.75¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 5 ounces 55% chocolate, cut into chip-sized pieces
  • 5 ounces 70–72% chocolate, cut into chip-sized pieces
  • 2 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar, preferably molasses sugar
  • 0.75¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
Preparation
  1. Position the oven racks in the lower and upper thirds of the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with Silpats or parchment paper.
  2. Sift the flour and baking soda into a medium bowl. Stir in the salt.
  3. Put the chips in a fine-mesh basket strainer and shake to remove any chocolate “dust” (small fragments).
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle, beat, half the butter on medium speed until fairly smooth. Add both sugars and the remaining butter, and beat until well combined, then beat for a few minutes, until the mixture is light and creamy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the eggs one at a time, beating until the first one is incorporated before adding the next and scraping the bowl as necessary. Add the dry ingredients and mix on low speed to combine. Mix in the chocolate.
  5. Remove the bowl from the mixer and fold the dough with a spatula to be sure that the chocolate is evenly incorporated. The dough or shaped cookies can be refrigerated, well wrapped, for up to five days or frozen for up to two weeks. Freeze shaped cookies on the baking sheets until firm, then transfer to freezer containers. Defrost frozen cookies overnight in the refrigerator before baking.
  6. Using about two level tablespoons per cookie, shape dough into balls. Arrange eight cookies on each pan, leaving about two inches between them, because the dough will spread.
  7. Bake for twelve minutes, or until the tops are no longer shiny, switching the position and rotating pans halfway through baking.
  8. Cool cookies on the pans on cooling racks for about two minutes to firm them up a bit, then transfer to the racks to cool completely. Repeat with second batch of cookies. The cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to two days.