Your Not-So-Typical Chocolate Chip Cookies

Monday, February 25

One of my all time favorite restaurants is Red Stone Grill. One of the best things on their menu (besides everything) is their Chocolate chip cookie dessert. I know, I know…it’s a cookie. Why would I go to a fantastic restaurant that makes amazing food and order a chocolate chip cookie? Because it’s that good.

This isn’t just an ordinary cookie, it is a guilty pleasure of gooey chocolate goodness baked and served in a cast iron pan, topped with vanilla ice cream and slathered in hot fudge sauce. I’m drooling just writing this.

The last time I was indulging in one it got me thinking. If a restaurant like redstone, who makes amazing one of a kind dishes, can offer something as ordinary as a chocolate chip cookie and make it a restaurant favorite, who do I bust my butt trying to create over the top desserts all the time. Why can’t I, too, take something as easy as a cookie, spice it up a bit, and make it extraordinary.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am queen of creating overboard, time consuming dishes and dessert; and I love doing so. But sometimes I need simple. It can look extra-ordinary, but still be simple.

So here are my ideas to make your chocolate chip cookies look extraordinary, yet still remain simple to do.

This isn’t your extra-large cast iron cookie like Redstone makes, but it’s close to it. Why not serve your cookies in their own tart tin. It takes no extra time but it looks way more amazing.

Who doesn’t love cookies and milk? It is the one of the worlds best pairs. Chocolate chip cookies and milk shots makes for a very cute presentation. And if milks not your thing, turn your cookies into mini ice cream sandwiches.

Now this one I think is really fun! bake your cookie dough on the bottom of a muffin pan and create your own edible ice cream bowls. Or rim your serving bowls in chocolate shavings or cookie crumbs and top your ice cream with cookie crumbles.

Here is a great recipe if you are looking to make delicious gooey chocolate chip cookies. But if you are short on time, skip the homemade and just go with a pre-made cookie dough and spice it up a bit.

Amazing, Gooey-Chewy Chocoalte Chip Cookies

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, 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

Cream together the brown sugar and white sugar with the butter until it is blended well. Add the egg, and egg yolk and beat until mixture is light and creamy. Mix in the vanilla.

Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and stir until combined. Do not over mix. Add the chocolate chips and mix by hand.

For large, evenly sized cookies, use an ice cream scoop to drop cookie dough onto a greased cookie sheet. Parchment paper works well too. Bake in a preheated 325* oven for 15 minutes or until edges start to turn brown.

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