It always happens when you finally give up looking - when you accept the fact that you will never have that thing you always wanted and longed for, it miraculously finds you. Not to be too overly dramatic, but honestly, I thought I was doomed to never, ever make a decent chocolate chip cookie. The recipe I have been searching for has found me at last, and in it I have found my inner chocolate chip cookie goddess. No joke. These cookies are that good.
I made the dough about 4pm, and was planning on waiting the required 36 hours. Then I wrote the previous post, and couldn't help myself. I HAD to make just a couple...just to see... So at 8pm I put a batch and my hopes into the oven and waited. Even after just four hours of "resting" they were truly superior. Over the next day or so I made several bakings from that batch and they only got better. I loved that I could just bake up a few at night after dinner to have with tea. Who doesn't love the smell of warm cookies baking in the evening?
One thing I learned is to not crowd the cookies. Mine were made from a small ice cream scoop, and weighed less than 2 oz. I was able to cook only 8 at a time. I also adjusted the time to 13 minutes - they were a light carmel brown, and after they cooled kept a little chewy-ness to balance the cripish corners.
So, needless to say, I have been eating my fair share of chocolate chip cookies lately. Unfortunaly, they didn't last long enough to photograph...maybe next time. I will add the link to the recipe here: http://orangette.blogspot.com/2008/07/bold-statement.html
Let me know how they come out for you!