Alton Brown’s “The Puffy”

As you all know, I love Alton Brown. I’ve made a few of his recipes recently including his overnight cinnamon rolls and his famous chewy chocolate chip cookie. He did a great episode of Good Eats where he created three very different versions of chocolate chip cookie by making slight variations of the Nestle Tollhouse recipe.

To say I really enjoyed “The Chewy” is an understatement. It is delicious. I can’t rave about it enough. I decided to try out another recipe from the episode “The Puffy”.

I didn’t have any butter flavored shortening, so I ended up using 1/2 butter and 1/2 shortening. Other than that, I followed the recipe exactly. These cookies were very puffy when they came out of the oven, but they deflated quite a bit as they cooled. The cake flour gives these cookies a great texture and this is another great chocolate chip cookie recipe, but I much prefer The Chewy. I just like chewy cookies.

The Puffy – from Alton Brown – I got 4 dozen cookies using my cookie scoop1 cup butter-flavored shortening – I used 1/2 cup shortening + 1/2 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 1/4 cups cake flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Combine the shortening (and butter), sugar, and brown sugar in a bowl, and cream until light and fluffy. Sift together the cake flour, salt, and baking powder; set aside.

Add the eggs 1 at a time to the creamed mixture. Add vanilla. Increase the speed until thoroughly incorporated.

With the mixer set to low, slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and combine well. Stir in the chocolate chips. Chill the dough (I chilled the dough overnight). Scoop onto parchment-lined baking sheets, 6 per sheet (I used a my regular sized cookie scoop to get smaller cookies). Bake for 13 minutes (mine baked for about 9 minutes) or until golden brown and puffy, checking the cookies after 5 minutes. Rotate the baking sheet for even browning. Cool and store in an airtight-container.

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6 Responses to “Oreo Cream Cheese Swirl Bars”

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    Sara — May 11, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    This look sinful…but oh, so good! By the way, I like how one of the labels on this post is “anti-WW friendly.” 🙂

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    Jen — May 11, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Well I figured if I’m going to have a WW-friendly tag, I should also have one for things that people watching their weight should stay far far away from. This is definitely one of those recipes.

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    Cara — May 11, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Why must you torture me?! I so need to get back on track this week. Thick batter = good, thick waist does not! These sound delicious 🙂

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    Ingrid — May 11, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    These babies are good! I made them not long after I started blogging…oh, my gosh almost two years ago. Guess it’s time to make them again!
    ~ingrid

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    Lorie — May 12, 2010 at 12:36 am

    Oh yum! I have a feeling Oreos are going to be added to my shopping list.

    I am posting a link to these on my blog. Everyone needs a good Oreo recipe!

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    Allie — June 2, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    These look amazing! Just put them on my “must make” list 🙂

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