Chocolate Chip Decorated Cookies

Posted on January 22nd, 2011 in Decorated Cookies, Recipes

Taste-wise, my favorite cookie is, and probably always will be, chocolate chip. I’d make all my decorated cookies chocolate chip if I could – the problem is that they spread too much during baking, so it’s difficult to make detailed themed-shapes.

These were perfect for a contest Pillsbury hosted last year though.  The challenge was use a Pillsbury product and do something different with it.  Of course I wanted to do decorated cookies, and the classic smiley face was perfect – happy and round!

It’s been over a year since I made these, (and no I didn’t win ;-) ), and in the meantime my students and I have been experimenting with chocolate chip cookie recipes made from scratch.

The recipe I’m about to share with you is the result.  It’s d*e*l*i*c*i*o*u*s in my (biased lol) opinion and would work as a decorated cookie for any kind of round shape or just as the backdrop for any shape you’d like to pipe on it.

I’ll be experimenting with more choc. chip decorated cookies and will eventually post them on Sweetopia.  If you’d like to try this recipe below, please let me know what you thought of it.  (My students will be eager to hear as well!)

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

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Click here for the printable version.

Ingredients:

½ pound or 250 g unsalted butter

½ cup or 100 g white (granulated) sugar

1 cup or 200 g packed brown sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

2 large eggs

2 ¼ cups or 320 g all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

10 ounces or 300 g semisweet chocolate chunks (or favorite chocolate of choice)

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Instructions:

  1.  Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix butter, white sugar and brown sugar on medium speed until fluffy.
  3. Add the vanilla extract and eggs and mix well.
  4. Sift together flour and baking soda and add to mixing bowl; mix until just combined.
  5. Fold in chocolate chips.
  6. Form the dough into uniform size balls and space them apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  {A 1 ½ inch ice-cream scoop or a tablespoon can help you create uniform cookie balls}.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes if you like your cookies chewy, longer if you like them crisp.  (Approx. 20 minutes or until edges are golden brown and the cookie no longer looks ‘wet’).
  8. Remove from oven, let cool on the pan for 5 minutes, and then transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  9. Once cookies are cool, decorate with royal icing if desired!

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Smiley Face Chocolate Chip Cookies – Quick Visual How-To

 For decorating your cookies, below is quick visual overview.  If you’d like more detail, here’s an in-depth decorating tutorial, and a quick decorating overview here.

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Decorating Chocolate Chip Cookies

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For my next post, I’m working on a more detailed tutorial on how to make this frosty fellow:
If you have any questions or comments, please drop me a line below and come join me on facebook here.
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Happy baking and decorating!
xo,
Marian

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