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Chocolate Chip Cookie Mashup: Tollhouse vs. Specialty’s Bakery 06.09.2009

Posted by Dan Sheehan in BnB.
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thawing cubes!It’s a great day when you can make chocolate chip cookies, regardless of, well, anything.  The kitchen fills with the cookie smell, all activities outside the home must be put off, conveniently forcing you to relax and bake as the kitchen fills with the nostalgic aroma of warm cookies.  And, of course, there’s the raw cookie dough.

Our favorite recipe has always been Nestle’s Toll House classic cookie recipe.  This is primarily because it is conveniently located on the back of a bag of their bagged chocolate chips.  However, my overwhelming problem with these cookies is that they tend to turn out like little pillows of homogeneity.  (though not nearly as uninspiring as Joy of Cooking’s recipe…what gives Rombauer?).

Fast forward to a few weeks back when fellow cookie lover Nancy posed the following: “How can we emulate the deliciousness of a cookie from Specialty’s Bakery?”  Whoa, great idea.  For those of you that don’t live in the Pacific Northwest, Specialty’s is the de facto source for cookies in Seattle and the bay area.  Their cookies are squarish, super thick, soft creations.  Serious cookies.  The company website even allows you to sign up for email alerts that notify you of warm cookies near you!  We challenge you to find a better chocolate chip cookie.

same ingredients, different results!Most chocolate chip cookie recipes have the same ingredients and method of preparation.  Variation in the final product therefore occurs in two distinct parts of the recipe, ingredient proportions and finishing (aka, forming and baking).  Here’s our variation on the old classic in Bread and Buttress’ attempt to emulate the qualities of a local classic.  Note that we like our cookies chunky, so there are a few additional embellishments in this first effort.

Bread and Buttress’ Chocolate Chip Cookie

  • 2 sticks softened butter
  • ¾ c. brown sugar
  • ¾ c. sugar
  • 1 t vanilla

Cream together at medium speed for 10 minutes.

  • 2 c. AP flour
  • ¼ c. whole wheat flour
  • 1 c. chopped/ground pecans
  • ¾ c. old fashioned or quick oats
  • 1t baking soda
  • 1 t salt
  • 2 c. chocolate chips

Meanwhile, mix these dry ingredients in a separate bowl.

  • 2 eggs

yes, frozen.  note the remnants from squaring the cookie block.  make round cookies with 'em.Add eggs to creamed butter/sugar.  Once incorporated, begin to add the dry ingredients in three separate batches, mixing each time until just incorporated.  Cover a cutting board that will fit in your freezer with a piece of wax paper.  Spread dough out on the cutting board, forming into a rectangle one inch high.  Place another piece of wax paper over the top and smooth down.  Freeze.  After a couple hours or even days, remove from freezer and cut dough into 1” cubes, allow each batch to thaw on cookie sheet for 30 minutes.  Go ahead and eat frozen remnants of dough raw.  Bake in a 375 degree oven for about 15 minutes.  Center of finished cookie should NOT be browned but rather light and raw looking.  This ensures a gooey center.

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Here are some links:

Flickr user JDong has some shots of Specialty’s cookie selection.

Here’s another emulation recipe without the chunks.

Good Easts episode on chocolate chip cookies via youtube.

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1. kelsey! - 06.10.2009

And then there’s the raw cookie dough indeed! That’s the best part, except for the warm cookies out of the oven and then the cooled cookies with a cold glass of milk… My god my mouth is watering. When’s the next batch??

2. Susan Evans - 06.18.2009

Amen. We ran through that pile of cookies way too fast. I request more. Soon. Please.

3. Mex - 07.01.2009

And Tails of the City didn’t get any, why?
We have a half gallon of milk here screaming for cc cookies. Or dough.

4. Mex - 07.01.2009

Please work on a Tres Leches (three milks) cake. A traditional Mexican cake. Yummmmmmmm.

5. Nancy White - 09.04.2011

Well, some years later, this cookie is resurfacing for a day honoring a dear loved one, Alan Levine, aka cogdog’s mom. #cookielove http://cogdogblog.com/2011/09/03/blown-away-by-cookielove/ Thanks

6. Anonymous - 01.21.2017

You may want to try the chef steps recipe and making these cookies are similar to how Specialty’s makes it. The important tips are using high-quality ingredients such as chocolate chips, or chocolate chunks from Guittard. Then you rest the dough in the refrigerator to let the dough rest for 30 minute or until it is firm enough. Cut into squares, then refrigerate dough overnight to allow dough to rest, and flavors to meld together. Then bake the cookies at 375F.


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