Recipe by Ghirardelli®
"Make ordinary Chocolate Chip cookies extraordinary by using Ghirardelli Chocolate Chips -- your choice of Milk, Semi-Sweet or 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Chips."
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2 1/4 cups
unsalted butter, at room temperature
granulated white sugar
firmly packed light or dark brown sugar
pure vanilla extract
Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate Chips
chopped walnuts or pecans
I really loved these. I understand it's a *standard* cookie, I felt it held up to what chocolate chip cookies should be. I mixed a day ahead, and did include pecans. I used a cookie scoop the day of, and thru baking, they held their shape pretty well. I will definitely do these again.
As I looked over this recipe I noticed that while it looked like a fairly standard chocolate chip recipe on its surface, it had less flour than most. Even tho’ I was somewhat concerned that this would impact the texture and thickness in a negative way (i.e. greasy and flat) I decided to take a chance on it. I mixed up the dough as directed and refrigerated it for an hour or so until it became somewhat firm. And just to substantiate my initial concern, they did turn out greasy and flat. Or maybe I should say, “very buttery and not as thick as I would like.” Remembering sooo many years ago when I tried the original Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe and disliked it for the same reasons (greasy and flat), curiosity got to me and I looked up that recipe and…sure enough, except for an additional teaspoon of vanilla, this Ghiradelli recipe is the exact same recipe! No wonder I disliked these cookies so much! It’s the cookie I’ve ALWAYS disliked. In fairness I should add, however, that the Nestle Toll House recipe is a classic that has stood the test of time, perhaps because the flavor can’t be beat. And that there are plenty of people who LIKE their chocolate chip cookies greasy and flat, er, I mean, very buttery and thin. So, bottom line: for those who do not like the kind of cookie I’ve described, either try adding another ½ cup of flour or moving on to a different recipe. If, on the other hand, you love the Nestle Toll House recipe, you’ll love this one too.
Watch OUT! I have been baking with my Mum and Granny since I was 5 years old and never have I messed up a chocolate chip cookie as badly as this! When I opened the oven my jaw dropped... they were as flat as pancakes, totally greasy, and when they cooled they were crispy like peanut brittle. My baking ego was completely destroyed! But I fixed it :) I mixed in 1/3 cup flour and 1/2 cup rolled oats to the remaining batter and refrigerated it. Came out perfect. I expected that a recipe off the back of a package of chocolate chips would be fool-proof... I'll know better for next time. There are much better recipes out there - tastier, more interesting, and healthier.
I only keep salted butter on hand so I used that and eliminated the extra salt. I made no other changes, other than using organic ingredients where I could. I did chill the dough for an hour or so (I made the dough this morning while the kids ate breakfast, then set it in the fridge until I got back from taking my older boy to school.) I used fine chopped pecans. These baked up really nicely. 350* for 10 minutes was just right for me. Next time, I might use half extra dark chocolate chips when I make this recipe. I think that would be really good.
These are my favorite choc. chip cookies but I did make a couple of changes. I always use 1/2 cup butter and 1/2 cup of shortening. I also add a little extra flour to the dough. I have also played around with the nuts and found slivered almonds make a great cookie! I have never had these to be flat or greasy. My husband is not a huge fan of big chunks of chocolate in his cookies, so I chop the chocolate up into very fine peces and increase the amount of nuts. Great cookie.
I read the other reviews after I made the recipe & these cookies came out plump & tasty. I didn't refrigerate the dough but I did mix the sugar/butter combo until really light & fluffy with my mixer then added all the other ingredients. I used the unsalted butter; but because I had no vanilla extract I substituted Frangelico liquor in its place that gives it a small hazelnut flavor. These cookies came out beautiful & tasty ... And 9 min at 350F on darked cookie sheet; 10 min on lighter cookie sheet; cookies came out delicious :)
Boo Hiss. Cookies turned out flat and gushy. We had to eat them with a spoon over ice cream. Disappointing.
While I definitely prefer using semi-sweet chocolate chips, the milk chocolate ones were decent in a cookie.
Also, my rule with many cookie recipes that have a higher butter to flour ratio is: always add 1/4-1/2 cup of additional flour, or until the cookie dough is stiff. This way, the cookies come out of the oven thicker. Unless, of course, you like thin and crispy cookies!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies
Serving Size: 1/48 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 48
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 65
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