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Old 09-21-2005, 11:49 AM   #1
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The cookie dilemma, hard or soft?

I like to make cookies that are soft and chewy rather than ones that crack my teeth, as the norm. I made several kinds of cookies for people that help me at work and they were for the most part, hard and crisp. If I wanted to insure a soft chewy cookie, even after it's traveled across hundreds of miles, how could I (if it's even possible) insure that it works?

My mother in law leaves her choco chip cookies out on the counter over night uncovered cause she likes 'em crisp. One man I work sort of with, loves chewy choco chippers. How can I accomplish that? Or, how is it that the manufacturers of such types get them that way?

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Old 09-21-2005, 12:05 PM   #2
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Alton Brown, on his Good Eats show, did 3 different versions of chocolate chip cookies. Chewy was one of the options. I'm sure the recipe is still on the site.
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Old 09-21-2005, 04:31 PM   #3
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As Andy pointed out, Alton Brown just covered this on Good Eats (Food Network channel) in the episode, "Three Chips for Sister Marsha". By altering the fats, flour, sugars, eggs and milk, etc. you can take a basic recipe and get thin and crisp, puffy and cake-like, or chewy.

If you have a copy of Shirley O. Corriher's book CookWise, or can find it at your library, read the section on cookies in chapter 2, pages 128-133. She discusses that each ingredient does and what and how to make adjustments to change the spread, texture, color, etc. Shee, too, uses the chocolate chip cookie to demonstrate how alterations to a single basic recipe changes the outcome by a side-by-side comparison of the three recipes.

Here is a link to Alton's recipes.
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Old 09-21-2005, 05:27 PM   #4
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thanks for the help folks. I am going to do an eBay search for Ms. O'Corriher's book.

You won't believe this but I have all the ingredients for the 'chewy' version of Mr. A Brown's recipe. I read the comments/reviews listed and most are positive. I also realized, with some people, ya just can't make 'em happy no mattah whut. I'll make these while my hair is drying. It'll give me something to do that 'isn't' on my to do list.

Thanks againk, I'll report back after trying one.

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Old 09-21-2005, 05:29 PM   #5
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lefs i'll gladly take the chewy... no complaints from me !!
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Old 09-21-2005, 07:55 PM   #6
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I love chewy chocolate chip cookies.

In my humble opinion, Chocolate CHip Cookies are the very perfection of the cookie. Everything thereafter was extra.
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Old 09-21-2005, 08:03 PM   #7
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I love a big, soft chocolate cookie! heaven!

However, i also love a hard ginger/molasses cookie to dunk in my coffee :)
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Old 09-22-2005, 12:30 PM   #8
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it's early and I HAVE time

goin in the kitchen right now and will make those A Brown cookies. Gad, I pray, they are incredible. Again, I'll report!
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Old 09-22-2005, 12:42 PM   #9
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Here's a soft, chewy sugar cookie you may also enjoy!

Soft and Puffy Sugar Cookies
By: Aunt Velma

1 cup Shortening (Butter Flavor Crisco) 1 cup Sugar
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
8 teaspoon milk
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
2 cups plus flour

Cream together shortening and sugar. Beat in eggs. Add vanilla and almond extracts. Mix in dry ingredients. Roll out to 1/2" thickness on a flowered board. Cut in large circles, sprinkle with sugar and bake on a lightly greased cookie sheet in preheated 325 degree oven till just barely golden.
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Old 09-22-2005, 08:52 PM   #10
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Constance, you're killing me here.
I have copied and will make this recipe.
Sounds scrumpdidili-icous. Gosh, the hubby's work will really love me.

Baking right now, the chewy choco chippers. The dough was VERY loose. We'll see. Fingers crossed.
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