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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25 Responses to “Chocolate Fudge Cake”

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    Eva @ Eva Bakes — June 17, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Happy birthday! Today is my husband’s birthday, and he also requested a chocolate cake. I baked him Ina Garten’s Beatty’s chocolate cake. Your chocolate cake may be the one I bake for my birthday later this year. 🙂

    • beantownbaker — June 17th, 2013 @ 8:48 am

      That’s a really good chocolate cake recipe too! Tell your husband happy birthday!

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    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — June 17, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Happy birthday! A no frills chocolate fudge cake sounds perfect 🙂

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — June 17, 2013 at 9:16 am

    This looks amazing!! And happy birthday!!!

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    tracy {pale yellow} — June 17, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Happy Birthday! Noting like a perfectly simple chocolate cake to ring in a new year! This one looks scrumptious!

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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — June 17, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    That is seriously one gorgeous cake!!! I think I’m in love!

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    carolg — June 17, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    happy birthday and thanks so much for the chocolate cake- can’t have too many chocolate cake recipes

    • beantownbaker — June 18th, 2013 @ 4:02 pm

      I couldn’t agree more!

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    Jessamyn — June 17, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    We’re birthday buddies! Hope you had a great day!

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — June 18, 2013 at 7:05 am

    Happy Birthday! Your cake looks amazing!!

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    carolg — June 18, 2013 at 8:44 am

    and if i want to make this 9 x 13?any caveats? i never know if i can just change pan size and oven time/temp?

    • beantownbaker — June 18th, 2013 @ 4:05 pm

      Two 9″ round pans is the same amount of cake batter as a 9×13 pan. I’d probably use the same temp and start checking around the same time. But I would expect it to take longer to bake in the end.

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    carolg — June 18, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    tnx- 9 x 13 is easier to tote

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    Nutmeg Nanny — June 18, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Oh goodness, this looks indulgent! I need to make this for my husband as soon as I can!

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    Karen - Cinnamon Freud — June 18, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    Happy birthday! This cake is to die for- looks so chocolatey and fudgey. Hope you had a great day!

    • beantownbaker — June 19th, 2013 @ 7:13 am

      Thanks! I had a great birthday this year.

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    krimpetgirl — June 23, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Tomorrow is my birthday and I am making your birthday cake for my big day!

    Thanks!

    • beantownbaker — June 23rd, 2013 @ 7:56 pm

      Happy birthday tomorrow!! Hope you enjoy the cake as much as I did.

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    Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com — July 5, 2013 at 6:16 am

    Wow – this cake looks so good! I am always looking for chocolatecake recipes to try – so glad to have stumbled on your blog!

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    Amber Berry — August 3, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    I just made this for my mom and brothers Birthday tomorrow 🙂 I will come back and let you know how mine turned out 🙂 thanks for the recipe and happy late Birthday!

    • beantownbaker — August 4th, 2013 @ 6:42 pm

      Definitely let me know how it goes!

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    Amber Berry — August 4, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    The cake turned out amazing and was a huge hit! Most of the kids weren’t a huge fan but i don’t think they have learned to appreciate dark chocolate 🙂

    • beantownbaker — August 5th, 2013 @ 7:14 am

      Glad it was a success (for the adults!)

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