Hectic weeks sure do get in the way of posting. It's a shame because the number one stress reliever is proven to be chocolate, so just when I need it most I'm too busy to make any chocolate treats. Thankfully I have a very large emergency stash of chocolate and animal crackers for times like this. Does anyone else have an obsession with animal crackers? I load up on them in the $1 section of Target, but I've begun to realize no one else likes them.. To each his own!

Anywho, the question is: why did I decide to try out a new chocolate chip cookie recipe when I have already given my heart to this recipe? I guess it was something about the picture. It also might have been the description that said "Readers, whatever you're doing, stop. Right now. Make these cookies NOW."

I didn't make them right when I read that, but it did move them to the top of my "must make list."

The secret/odd ingredient in these is cornstarch. They are incredible. My dough was a bit warm when I finished, so I stuck it in the fridge for 30 min or so before making them. That's the only thing I changed about the recipe. The longer you can put them in the fridge the less they will spread. The final result is a chewy, moist, flavorful cookie. As far as I know, it's impossible to have just one. Regardless of whether you already have a favorite cookie recipe, this is absolutely one to try. I don't know if it beats my previous favorite recipe, but it's pretty darn close! Enjoy!

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Recipe from Apple a Day

3/4 c. unsalted butter, softened 
3/4 c. brown sugar 
1/4 c. granulated sugar 
1 egg 
2 tsp. vanilla extract 
2 c. all purpose flour 
2 tsp. cornstarch 
1 tsp. baking soda 
1/2 tsp. salt 
1 c. bittersweet chocolate chips

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2.  In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugars until fluffy and light in color. Add egg and vanilla and blend in.

3.  Mix in flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. Stir in chocolate chunks.

4.  Using a standard-sized cookie scoop or tablespoon, drop dough onto a prepared baking sheet.  Bake for 8-10 minutes, until barely golden brown around the edges.  (The tops will not brown, but do NOT cook longer than ten minutes.)

5.  Let cool, on the sheet, on a wire rack for five minutes.  Remove from baking sheet and let cool completely.  Makes approximately 3 dozen.  Try not to eat them all.

There are few things in life better than a full cookie jar.


ilovecooking said... @ February 13, 2012 at 11:14 PM

I love eating chocolate and chocolate chip cookies are the best. It's great it's valentine's holiday so I have an excuse to bake. I drive my loved ones crazy with my baking!

And to let you know, I eat animal crackers too. I don't know who you hang out with, but who doesn't like them? They are an adorable tasty treat.¸

Happy Valentine`s Day!

Gotyourholidayon said... @ February 13, 2012 at 11:42 PM

I'm always on the hunt for a good Chocolate Cookie recipe. Especially one that's chewy. Thanks

Liquor License New York said... @ February 14, 2012 at 2:32 AM

This really looks delicious. I'm definitely craving for a plate of that right now. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe. This is definitely a must do recipe this weekend since I got my Food Handler Certification. Happy Valentines Day!!

KellyW said... @ February 14, 2012 at 7:38 AM

I also have an obsession with animal crackers. I like Wegmans store brand. They are the best, with the perfect hint of lemon in them. I think I will have to put these on my list! Have a chocolate filled Valentine's Day!

Sarah Kate Branine said... @ February 14, 2012 at 2:27 PM

I'm a big choc.chip cookie lover--I'm getting ready to pull out the ingredients to make them now : ) thanks!

HeidiE said... @ February 14, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Yum can't wait to try these! Would have never thought to add cornstarch to cookies.

Medeja- CranberryJam said... @ February 15, 2012 at 3:14 AM

They look very cute :) I find it difficult to keep chocolate at home, doesn't last very long :)

Mary Bergfeld said... @ February 15, 2012 at 10:13 AM

You can never have too many recipes for chocolate chips :-). This is my first visit to your blog, so I took some time to browse through your earlier posts. I am so glad I did that. I really like the food and recipes you share with your readers and I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Anonymous said... @ February 16, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Just found these thanks to a friend and am going to make them RIGHT NOW!
I live in Guatemala where I can't find animal crackers, but I love them...anyone have a recipe for making them?

Sheri R. said... @ February 19, 2012 at 4:22 PM

This was a great recipe. I just finished making them and they are delicious and stay together nicely. Thanks!

Sarah said... @ February 21, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Valentine's Day is the perfect excuse to bake over-the-top chocolate desserts (and not have everyone around you complain about making them fat!). I'm also glad to know I'm not alone in my love of animal crackers. Maybe the people around me just haven't seen the light!

Sarah said... @ February 21, 2012 at 11:40 AM

We don't have Wegmans in North Carolina. So unfortunate. I'm headed up to DC this weekend, though, and I know they have Wegmans there. Maybe I'll have to stop by to grab some of their animal crackers!

Sarah said... @ February 21, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Thank you so much, Mary! I'm glad you had the chance to look around and found some things you liked. I also love the name of your blog. The quest for the one perfect bite...something any foodie completely understands!

Sarah said... @ February 21, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Ooh a recipe for making animal crackers! What a great idea. I'll have to search around for one.

Sarah said... @ February 21, 2012 at 11:49 AM

I'm so glad you enjoyed them!

Unknown said... @ March 27, 2012 at 12:29 PM

I love chocolate chip cookies, and so does my husband and 4 year old! Im always looking for new recipes, I cant wait to try this one with my little handy helper, looks like it will be a delicious project!!

Unknown said... @ November 20, 2012 at 9:19 PM

I'm so glad you liked these. Great photos, too!

Ashley said... @ December 18, 2012 at 6:06 PM

These look delicious and I'm planning on making them tomorrow. Would semi-sweet chips work for this recipe?

Anonymous said... @ June 29, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Ohhh wow! Made these and they were delicious and a big success! Thank you!

Unknown said... @ July 14, 2013 at 8:08 PM

I made these yesterday and they were amazing!!! Thanks!!!

Anonymous said... @ August 6, 2013 at 10:59 PM

These are wonderful! My search is over! Thank you for an awesome recipe!

amanda said... @ May 21, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Just made these into bars. OMG awesome!

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