I remember first discovering Joy Wilson's blog. Before there was such a thing as a food blog, I scoured All Recipes like it was my job. Then one day I came across a picture of some brownies (which I haven't even made to this day) that Joy had made and I was hooked!
Joy is funny and real and she *mostly* makes food that average people will eat. Oh, and she recently moved to New Orleans just because she wanted to. I think I have read every post she's ever posted at Joy the Baker and I have so many of her recipes in my recipe book. I talk about Joy like she is my friend...
When I am in the mood for a baking session or need a new recipe for a party or it's Sunday morning and I just need to make something, I almost always look to Joy...
In my house there is a chocolate chip cookie debate. Ever since I was 8, I've been using the recipe on the back of the TollHouse bag. I can turn out cookies that are flat and slightly undercooked and those are my favorite.
Everyone loves my cookies, except my Mom. She likes her cookies to be fat and crispy (her favorites are the ones that all the older ladies always turn out). While I'm happy with my cookies I've always wanted to make a cookie that my Mom would like. So, when Joy posted her recipe, I had to give it a go.
The result? The perfect compromise! Why am I not surprised?
I'm convinced that it's the refrigerated dough, the molasses, the sugar ratio, the browned butter, and the extra salt that make the difference with these cookies.
You brown your butter. You mix your dough as usual. Then you form your dough into a disk and put it in the fridge, because Joy said so...
Then you do something you've never done before and scoop the dough off of that piece of wax paper and onto parchment paper lined baking trays. It feels a little strange, but remember, she does it too.
Then because you're a little skeptical, you gently press each cookie so it's a little flatter and you sprinkle it with some salt. You're not skeptical about the salt. That's always good.
Then you bake the cookies two trays at a time. It smells really good and you are convinced that Joy has delivered a good recipe once again.
The cookies are removed from the oven and you wait for them to cool enough to transfer onto the cooling rack and then straight into your mouth. Now you have EVERYONE'S favorite cookie!
How do you like your chocolate chip cookies?
Where did you get the chocolate chip cookie recipe that you use?
Are you a Joy the Baker reader too?