The World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe? You Decide.

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The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie?

In an earlier post, I wrote about my quest for the best chocolate chip cookie recipe on the planet. For the good of my fellow humans and in the name of Science I have unselfishly continued to tinker with the recipe — and consume the results. 

Recently, I decided to try using Guittard Semisweet Chocolate Mini Chips in the recipe instead of regular-sized chips. Eureka! The result was a cookie that has bits of melted chocolate throughout, balancing nicely with the crispy, lightly salted cookie base. Could this finally be the Holy Grail of chocolate chip cookie recipes? Only time, further testing–and your comments–will tell. Here’s the updated recipe: (more…)

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Making Truffles at Cook Street Cooking School

I recently attended a 10th anniversary celebration at Denver’s Cook Street School of Fine Cooking with my dear friend and fellow chocolate lover Gail Riley, owner of the lovely Highland Haven Creekside Inn. Among the many festivities — including a raucous cook-off of 15-minute recipes prepared by four very brave contestants — we enjoyed a truffle making demonstration by one of the school’s instructors, Chef Lexie Justice.  Along with being a genius at preparing all things sweet and chocolatey, Chef Lexie is absolutely adorable; her generous tips, deft movements and snappy comments had the crowd mesmerized. When she invited us to help ourselves from a huge platter of homemade cocoa-dusted truffles, we were putty (some might even say ganache) in her hands.

Chef Lexie Justice

Chef Lexie Justice

Lexie’s smooth, creamy truffles dusted with cocoa:demo

Lexie gave us a number of tips for truffle-making success, including chopping the chocolate as finely and evenly as possible and allowing the hot liquid to sit on the chopped chocolate for at least a minute before stirring, to allow it to completely melt. Here’s one of my favorite easy truffle recipes, (more…)