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and I have worn them at least three times a week for the last three (?) years.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
1. Sift flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Set aside.
2. Cream butter and sugars together until very light, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla. Reduce speed to low, add dry ingredients and mix until just combined, 5 to 10 seconds. Drop chocolate pieces in and incorporate them without breaking them. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 24 to 36 hours. Dough may be used in batches, and can be refrigerated for up to 72 hours. It also can, of course, be frozen: thaw it in the fridge and keep it there for 24 hours when you're ready to use.
3. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat.
4. Scoop 6 3 1/2-ounce mounds of dough (the size of generous golf balls) onto baking sheet, making sure to turn horizontally any chocolate pieces that are poking up; it will make for a more attractive cookie. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt and bake until golden brown but still soft, 18 to 20 minutes. (My testy oven had them done in about 15, so check regularly if your oven is temperamental too). Transfer sheet to a wire rack for 10 minutes, then slip cookies onto another rack to cool a bit more. Repeat with remaining dough, or reserve dough, refrigerated, for baking remaining batches the next day. Eat warm standing up, or lying on the floor savoring every morsel, feed them to someone you love, or take them to a party and prepare to make new friends.
Yield: 1 1/2 dozen 5-inch cookies.
Note: Disks are sold at Jacques Torres Chocolate; Valrhona fèves, oval-shaped chocolate pieces, are at Whole Foods. I've also in a pinch used bittersweet chips and they were fine.