Alton Brown’s “The Chewy”

For those of you who don’t know, I love Alton Brown (aka AB). I DVR his show Good Eats and I really dig all the science behind the magic that happens in the kitchen.

One of my favorite episodes is “Cookies for Sister Marsha“. In that episode, AB takes the Nestle Tollhouse chocolate chip cookie recipe and makes minor adjustments to the ingredients to make 3 very different cookies, The Thin, The Puffy, and The Chewy. It was very informative episode that stuck in the back of my mind for quite some time. I don’t like thin cookies, but I’ve wanted to try The Puffy and The Chewy since I first saw that episode…

Then, late last year, I saw a chocolate chip cookie comparison on The Way the Cookie Crumbles. (btw, I love comparison posts!) I won’t go into the details here, but Bridget compared 4 highly rated chocolate chip cookie recipes, including AB’s “The Chewy”. And after baking 4 different kinds of chocolate chip cookies and comparing them, she recommended “The Chewy”! I knew it was a sign. With all the holiday cookie baking I did, I haven’t had a chance to get to this cookie until now.

I doubled the recipe and use 1 bag of chocolate chips and 1 bag of chocolate chunks. Hubby thought the cookies were a bit too chocolatey. I say there’s no such thing.

Also, AB uses a #20 portion disher. After some research, I found that is 1.6 oz or about 3 Tbsp of batter. I just used my cookie scoop which is no where near 3 Tbsp of batter. I couldn’t find any markings on my cookie scoop to indicate the portion size (FYI, the portion size indicated the number of portions per quart). Since my cookie scoop was small, I had to watch my cookies very carefully to find their appropriate baking time. After a few underbaked cookies, I decided to bake for 9 minutes at 350 degrees.

I also chilled my dough for 24 hours. No reason specific reason for this, but something came up right after I mixed up the batter so I didn’t get around to baking them until 24 hours later. (In case you also enjoy comparison posts, check out this one from For the Love of Food about chilling chocolate chip cookie dough for 0, 12, 24, and 36 hours – it was prompted by the NY Time chocolate chip article about the search for the perfect chocolate chip recipe.)

These cookies are VERY good. I could eat 10 without even realizing it. I think they were better the second day. I will definitely be making these again and again.

“The Chewy” – from Alton Brown – I made a double batch and got 8 dozen cookies using my cookie scoop
2 sticks unsalted butter
2 1/4 cups bread flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Heat oven to 375 degrees F (I baked at 350).

Melt the butter in a heavy-bottom medium saucepan over low heat. Sift together the flour, salt, and baking soda and set aside.

Pour the melted butter in the mixer’s work bowl. Add the sugar and brown sugar. Cream the butter and sugars on medium speed (it should look like very thin peanut butter).

Add the egg, yolk, 2 tablespoons milk and vanilla extract and mix until well combined. Slowly incorporate the flour mixture until thoroughly combined (it will look like peanut butter at this point).

Stir in the chocolate chips (I used chips and chunks).

Chill the dough, then scoop onto parchment-lined baking sheets, 6 cookies per sheet (12 for me since I was using a small cookie scoop). Bake for 14 minutes or until golden brown (9 minutes for me), checking the cookies after 5 minutes. Rotate the baking sheet for even browning. Cool completely and store in an airtight container.

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17 Responses to “Fauxstess Cupcakes”

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    Maryanna — April 9, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    These are darling!

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    Kerstin — April 9, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Adorable – I love the cupcake liners!

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    Anali — April 9, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    These look great! I’ve got to try them soon! ; )

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    oneparticularkitchen — April 9, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    How adorable! Oh The Yankee would just eat these up.

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    Mermaid Sweets — April 9, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    I have been wanting to try these too – nice post, I love the photos.

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    Maria — April 9, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    They look perfect! YUM!

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    Jamie — April 10, 2009 at 1:12 am

    Sooo freaking adorable! I have these liners, so I will be making these in the very near future!!! Well done!!!

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    rickdog — April 10, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Find more Fauxstess Cupcakes in my recipe blog search:
    HERE

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    Sarah — April 10, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    So cute and yum!

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    Stephanie Wagner — April 11, 2009 at 12:03 am

    Could these be any cuter?? I love the idea of home baking classic favorites like this!

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    oneordinaryday — April 11, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    This looks perfect! Yum!
    Michelle
    http://oneordinaryday.wordpress.com/

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    kitchenbelle — April 13, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    Great job! Your cupcakes are perfect! They look just like Hostess except SO MUCH BETTER! Your ganache is so nice and shiny!

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    Jigginjessica — April 16, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    I love these cupcakes! They have been on my to try list forever and I think that maybe today might be the day I finally try them.

    Also, I didn’t even realize you had less swirls, shows how well I know a hostess cupcake!

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    bcallegra — April 20, 2009 at 1:56 am

    I made them this weekend and am now officially addicted to the filling – it reminds me of marshmallow creme! Although my cupcakes (and pictures) pale in comparison to your version, I need to thank you once again for supplying me with a great recipe.

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    Simply Inviting Weddings — November 29, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    I searched all over for a recipe like this and didn’t want to use marshmallow creme for the filling! These are amazing- my family was fighting over them. Thanks for sharing!

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    Seantellc — April 1, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    so in your recipe you say to put the batter into the wells of a muffin tin coated with non-stick spray. Does that mean not use cupcake liners, or does that mean to spray the liners with non-stick spray?

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    beantownbaker — April 1, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Sorry, I’ll fix the recipe. You don’t need to spray the cupcake liners.

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