Party Cookies

by Sara on August 12, 2009

party cookies

I’m always in search for the perfect cookie. There’s just something about the crisp exterior and chewy interior that draws me in. This recipe is inspired by a childhood favorite, a cookie that tasted just as good after it cooled, as it did when it was still warm from the oven.

That’s an important quality for me. I still have fond memories of the Nestle Tollhouse cookies, but I have to say, I had portion control built in with those because once they were no longer warm, I lost interest. When I was in college, I discovered just how long those cookies could be kept. I had baked a batch, ate my fill, and forgot about the rest I had packed away in a container.

party cookies & coffee

A friend of mine came to visit about a month or two later. Standing in my kitchen, she saw the container and squealed, “Chocolate Chip Cookies!!!!” What happened next was one of those movie moments, the drawn-out, slow-motion voice: “Noooooo!”

I tried to stop her. I explained that the cookies were old and should be tossed, but she was determined. She took a bite, pronounced them delicious, and that was that. Everybody won: she got some cookies, I didn’t feel guilty for wasting a bunch of cookies.

But because I didn’t want to poison my guests, I had to find cookies that I wouldn’t forget about after the first day. I’m happy to say, these fit the bill. The irony is that any time I take these to a gathering, they all disappear within an hour.

Party Cookies

Ingredients
1 c all-purpose flour
1 c cake flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
12 T unsalted butter, melted
1 c light brown sugar, packed
1/2 c granulated sugar
2 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1 1/2 c semi-sweet chocolate chips or M&M’s

Preheat oven to 325*F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and position oven racks in the middle of oven.

Sift together dry ingredients into a small bowl. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine the melted butter and sugars, and stir with a wooden spoon until mixed. Add the egg and yolk and stir until well mixed. Add vanilla, stir to combine.

Add flour mixture to sugar mixture, stir until just a trace of flour remains. Add the chocolate chips and stir to combine. Using a large spoon, mound about 1/3 c of dough (these are large cookies) onto the baking sheet, about six cookies per sheet.

Bake for 16-19 minutes, rotating pans halfway through. Cool for five minutes on baking sheet, then transfer to wire rack.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Michelle August 12, 2009 at 10:18 am

Your cookies look wonderful. Your photos really show them off.

Jen @ MaplenCornbread August 12, 2009 at 4:17 pm

These look so beautiful, I love the photos!!

Donna August 12, 2009 at 6:37 pm

Gorgeous photos of the cookies. Choc chip has to be my all time favorite!

Sara August 13, 2009 at 8:13 am

Thanks so much. I confess that I’ve had these pictures for awhile now – they were the first I’d taken when I bought my tripod a couple of months back, and I’ve just been kind of sitting on the pictures. I rediscovered them, realized I hadn’t posted the recipe, and thought I needed to share it immediately.

amy August 13, 2009 at 10:09 am

your friend is real cute! haha. the way you described her discovery of the chochipcookies is hilarious! and this is gg to my list of to bake chochipcookies list cos it just looks so goood:)

Sara August 13, 2009 at 11:20 pm

Amy, after all of this time, I still can’t believe she liked those cookies, but I guess if you haven’t had a cookie in awhile…

Kulsum@JourneyKitchen August 1, 2010 at 10:54 am

The cookie looks delicious and is quite similar to my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe(for awhile). But mine are thick and chewy, not so good looking, yours look gorgeous!!

http://journeykitchen.blogspot.com/2010/06/perfect-chocolate-chip-cookie.html

Katie October 16, 2010 at 9:25 am

Thanks for posting this fantastic recipe with your delicious photos! I just made these cookies, and they’re amazing! When I brought them to my friends, they were gone in seconds. I’ll definitely be making these again–soon, I hope!

Sara October 18, 2010 at 8:59 am

Katie, I’m so glad you like them! After looking through your blog, I’ve already bookmarked your banana bread recipe…I can’t wait to make it!

domain September 28, 2014 at 8:03 pm

Hey there just wanted to give you a brief heads up and let you know a few of the pictures aren’t
loading properly. I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue.
I’ve tried it in two different browsers and both show the same
outcome.

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