The Cookie Experiment – Chocolate Truffle Chunk Cookies

Cookies seem to be a passion of my husband – not necessarily baking them, but definitely eating them! It seemed appropriate to conduct a cookie review panel to determine the best cookies of the bunch.

The Task:

A quest to find the BEST cookie recipes. Recipes of all kinds! Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter, Shortbread, Sugar, etc. Each of these recipes will be scored by the judges ( Me, Tony, Dan, and potentially any other person who may be at my house) according to the set out criteria.

I figured that since Chocolate Chip seems to be a favorite, this would be the place to start.  Our criteria for all chocolate chip recipes include:

  • Ease of baking
  • Availability of ingredients
  • Time
  • Appearance
  • Texture
  • Sweetness,
  • Would you eat it again?
  • What would you add?
  • What would you take away?
  • General Comments
  • How do you rate it out of 10?

The first Cookie Recipe I made is from Allrecipes and is called Best, Big, Fat Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie

 

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Best, Big, Fat, Chewy, Chocolate Chip Truffle Chunk Cookie

Ingredients
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter margarine ( from the recommendations of reviewers), melted
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 egg yolk
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips  coarsleychopped chocolate truffles
  
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease cookie sheets or line with silicon baking mat parchment paper.
  
2.  Sift together flour, baking soda and salt; set aside
  
3. In a medium bowl, cream together melted butter margarine, brown sugar and white sugar until well blended. Beat in the vanilla, egg and egg yolk until light and creamy.  Mix in the sifted ingredients until just blended.  Stir in the chocolate chips truffle chunks by hand using a wooden spoon. Put dough in the fridge to firm up for about 20 – 30 minutes. This will help prevent the cookies from spreading and becoming very thin.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.   Drop  cookie dough 1/4 cup at a time onto the prepared cookie sheets. Cookies should be about 3 inches apart.
 
4.  Bake for 15 – 17 minutes in a preheated oven, or until the edges are lightly toasted.  Cool on baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring to wire rack to cool completely.
  
  

 
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Lyndsay’s Scoring

Ease of Making: The recipe was very easy to follow with very few ingredients. The most complicated part was separating the egg.
Availability of Ingredients: All the ingredients are normal things that I have in my house/ pantry. The only exception may be the truffles that I used. I specifically chose to use them because they’re going to expire at the end of the month and I figured it would be a great way to get rid of some of them.
Time: The recipe took very little time to prepare. Some time is involved while letting the dough sit in the fridge. As for actual ‘work time’, there isn’t a lot. These are definitely not labour intensive!
Appearance: The cookies are very large compared to what I normally make. They kept their shape very well and are nice to look at. It might be nice to have some more large chunks of truffle sticking out on the tops
Texture/ Bite: The cookie has a phenomenal texture. The sides are a bit crispy & chewy, while the centre is soft
Sweetness: I think these are just about right. The sugar balance seems good!
Would you eat it again?: I will definitely make & eat these again
What would you add?: I would add more chocolate chunks. I really liked the meltiness of the truffle in the cookie. I don’t think I’d necessarily use chocolate chips if I had truffles available.
What would you take away?: Nothing, it all seemed to be very good! I may bake them for slightly less time next time.
General Comments: These are very easy delicious cookies. I will keep this recipe to use in the future!
How do you rate the cookie out of 10? 8

Dan’s Scoring

Appearance: Good size. Like the cracks and bumps of chocolate in the cookies
Texture/ Bite: Soft & Chewy
Sweetness: Just right
Would you eat it again?: Of course
What would you add?: Smarties instead of truffle bites(Lyndsay’s Comment: Classy….)
What would you take away?: Nothing
General Comments: Bottoms might be slightly overdone
How do you rate the cookie out of 10? 8
 

Tony’s Scoring

Appearance: Not enough chocolate exposed
Texture/ Bite: Soft & Chewy
Sweetness: No Response
Would you eat it again?: Very Good! Yes!
What would you add?: More Chocolate chunks. Possible add Oatmeal
What would you take away?: Nothing
General Comments: No Response
How do you rate the cookie out of 10? 8

 
 
 

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Do you have a fantastic go-to Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe?
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