Friend called me at the last moment today, offering to take daughter #1 for a few hours on a playdate with her daughter. I was ecstatic as daughter #1 can get a bit clingy and demanding and the idea that she wouldn't be around for a few hours made me excited. I agreed and friend came and picked up daughter and I was alone with two napping kids.
I had such a warm feeling of gratitude towards friend that I wanted to take her a small holiday package over when I went to pick up daughter. I had, in my fridge, at the ready, two kinds of cookie dough, so all I had to do was preheat the oven and portion out chunks of two doughs. In less than 20 minutes I had two dozen cookies that were cooling and would soon be ready to put in a bag to present to my friend.
Some pointers - flour, for the rest of the world and most professional bakers, is not measured by the cup - but by WEIGHT. Flour fluctuates quite significantly in weight if you base it on volume. Most home cooks do not have a scale and go by the volume of a cup, which is why sometimes the precise measuring that is required in baking is pretty useless.
When I make most cookies, I actually ADD an additional 1/4 cup of flour -but this is based on my experience with my measuring cup. If your cup provides accurate measure as it is, then don't worry. Mine always seems a bit light, so for me to get the results I want, I have to add more flour. This helps reduce the spreading issue I often get with my cookies - which is due to too much butter vs. flour content. Watch your cookies - if you find them spreading way out - you need to add some more flour.
This is still my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe - the one from the back of the Nestle Tollhouse Semi Sweet chips. I always do it with walnuts, and I add the additional 1/4 of flour - and these adjustments have been made.
Original Nestle Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookie
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) Nestle Tollhouse Semisweet Morsels
1 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 375° F.
Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. (REFRIGERATE AND REST A DAY.) Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.
BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
ah...I must make more dough as I have used up my entire stash.
Package of cookies for friend