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My experiment started when I had a cold last week and sent my husband alone to do the grocery shoping.  He comes with me every week, so I did have confidence in him.  He did pretty well with
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Experiments with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

posted at 2/26/2011 12:58 PM EST
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My experiment started when I had a cold last week and sent my husband alone to do the grocery shoping.  He comes with me every week, so I did have confidence in him.  He did pretty well with a good list, but he did buy extra large eggs instead of the just large size.  Everything was fine until my oldest grandson's 18th birthday yesterday.  He adores my chocolate chip cookies, so I thought I'd include some with his gift. ( we also got him a GPS for his car). 
OK here is the rub, extra large eggs in cookie dough that calls for large eggs.  At first I thought I would just up the flour, well after the first batch I realized I had uped it too much.   The final batch of dough brought me to several conclusions.
1. With extra large eggs, use 2 1/3 cups of flour  just that extra 1 1/3 Tb of flour gave just the right texture.
2.  Be sure you let your oven really heat up, my oven "preheats" but isn't really up to 375 degrees...Iam now using a oven thermometer.
3.  If you reuse cookie sheets, be sure you rinse them off with cold water before using them again.  Yes, you can use parchment paper, but it does not cool down the cookie sheets.
I know much of what I have posted is just plain basics and most everyone knows these things, but I thought I'd just repeat it for those who might not have as much knowledge!  In any case HAPPY BAKING!!!

Re: Experiments with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

posted at 2/26/2011 4:26 PM EST
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Thanks Barb for the tips!  Wish I was at your house to sample them chocolate chip cookies.  I would just have one or two platters full!  LOL

Re: Experiments with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

posted at 2/26/2011 7:30 PM EST
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Thank you, Barbara, for the information.

Marie F.

Re: Experiments with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

posted at 2/27/2011 9:25 AM EST
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Using a cool cookie sheet pan does make a difference in how much a cookie spreads.  I have 3 pans that I rotate when making cookies.  They are the air insulated ones so they cool pretty fast so having 3 works out well.

Re: Experiments with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

posted at 2/27/2011 10:25 AM EST
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The info you shared is most helpful!! Thanks a bunch!!

Re: Experiments with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

posted at 2/27/2011 12:16 PM EST
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It seems like a little thing..the size of an egg.  a friend of min, a very good cook almost always refused to give out recipes.  The simple reason was several times he gave out a recipe that specified Extra large eggs and the person accused him of holding out on the recipe because it did not turn out as expected.  Upon further questioning the person said that they used medium sized eggs but refused to believe that that was the cause of the recipes "failure".  I managed to get several recipes out of him and made them with great success.
Goes to prove the adage that baking is more of a science than cooking is.

Re: Experiments with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

posted at 2/27/2011 1:42 PM EST
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Thanks for the tips.  I never gave much thought to the size of the eggs I use when I am cooking.  I just bought whatever size was the best price.  The meatloaf doesn't care.  But it seems that baked goods do.  I never knew they might make so much difference.

Re: Experiments with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

posted at 3/2/2011 6:21 PM EST
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wow - me too -I didn't know there was tht much difference in egg size

Re: Experiments with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

posted at 3/2/2011 6:46 PM EST
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Many "expert" or "professional" recipes use weights for just this very reason.
One of my other favorite sites, http://www.kingarthurflour.com gives the option to use volume or weight in their recipes.  I do have a scale that I could use but I still use volume when baking. Maybe I should do two recipes one using volume the other weight and see if there is a noticeable difference.
Allrecipes also gives the option of weight or volume.

Re: Experiments with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

posted at 3/2/2011 8:36 PM EST
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Alton Brown is a big fan of the weight option in  ingredient amounts.  I have a scale, but I'm not sure how accurate it is.  Let's face it it is easier to use the volume method.  In most cases it probably isn't critical, but it is an interesting subject.  Nikki, it would be interesting to see what happens in your experiment.

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