cow pie {chocolate chip cookies}

when i first started baking (decades ago.  decades.  ouch.), i couldn’t make a chocolate chip cookie that didn’t resemble a cow pie.  the cow pie isn’t a very appealing image, i know, but it very aptly described their appearance – wide, flat and bumpy.  looking back, i’m sure this propensity to spread had more to do with my technique than it did with the recipe.  too soft butter (i probably used margarine in those early days – shudder.), too hot an oven,  over beating the dough, using super-dark cookie sheets…all my own missteps.  i had always viewed my cow pie cookies as inferiors to their puffy, golden, cakey cousins, and have been disappointed with just about every single batch i’ve ever made, until last night.

TDHH knows all he has to do is utter the words “i wish we could have some cookies/cake/brownies tonight” and i’ll have my apron tied and ingredients out before he actually finishes his sentence.  i love baking that much.

so last night he requested chocolate chip cookies.   i had already started mentally perusing my recipes, wondering which would yield the least cowpieish cookies, when he clarified that he was hoping for thin, buttery chocolate chip cookies.  a sincere request for cow pies?  really?

i recalled a recipe which met this very description and used fridge-cold butter*, a specification which makes these ideal for a spontaneous treat.  i had scrawled it into my recipe book years ago, and if i recall correctly, it belongs to david lebovitz.  now, i don’t know if his recipe was meant to produce  cow pies, but it does for me, reliably, and i had always considered this a drawback until i came to my cookie senses last night.

these cookies are very thin and golden and studded with dark chocolate chips.  they are buttery and sugary and vanilla-y.  they are at once crispy and chewy.  what in the world is inferior about that?  these cookies are, in a word, sublime – sublime enough to have made me appreciate every bit of their cowpieness and to have been deemed worthy of a spot near the top of my imaginary cookie recipe podium.

*don’t be bothered by this.  it works.  really.

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david lebovitz’s (cow pie) {chocolate chip cookies}  (i probably don’t need to restate this, but they’re from david lebovitz)
makes about 2 dozen

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
8 tbsp (1/2 cup) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2″ pieces
1 large egg
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking soda
1  1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1  1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (i used a combination of bittersweet chips, fudge chips and semi-sweet chips)
1 cup walnuts or pecans, toasted and chopped (we weren’t in the mood for nuts)

•preheat oven to 300°f.  beat the sugars and cold butter until smooth (i used my stand mixer – this is one you couldn’t do by hand).  mix in egg and vanilla and baking soda (adding the baking soda like this seemed weird to me).
•stir flour and salt together, then stir into the butter mixture.  stir in the chocolate chips (and nuts, if using).
•scoop batter into 2 tbsp balls and place 4″ apart on cookie sheet (i wonder if they would have spread less if i didn’t use parchment?).  bake for 18 minutes (mine were done in 15).  cool somewhat before handling as they’re fragile when hot.  enjoy!

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21 responses to “cow pie {chocolate chip cookies}

  1. I like the look of these, even though I’m not a chocolate chip person and would use chunks instead. But these sure look yummy 🙂

  2. I might try this recipe when my mum visits this weekend. I have been thinking of baking a batch of chocolate chip cookies lately but never actually got round to baking them. I have a recipe that turns out yummy cookies, but yours look yummy too and I love to try out a new recipe.
    I don’t think we can buy actual chocolate chips here so I usually just chop up some nice chocolate.

  3. Nice! I like David Lebovitz; he cracks me up. (I shudder at the thought of my former self using margarine, too. ick).

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    • i’m glad you liked them! i know it seems weird that they have baking soda only, but that’s how i make them and they do turn out deliciously (and flat) 🙂

      • They are indeed very delicious. My husband even says they are better than the ones I normally bake, so I think I might begin using this recipe instead of the one I normally use. My cookies also end up flat even-though they rise in the oven, because they deflate as soon as they come out. But they are very yummy and chewy. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  6. i noticed i always get cow pie cookies when i freeze the batter for quick cookies. now i’m not quite so ashamed.
    -Jule

  7. Glad that it’s not just me who’s a sucker for baking. Any mention of something sweet that my other half wants (and even at times when he doesn’t!) I am in the kitchen like a shot too 🙂

  8. These are disappearing cookies, the first batch disappeared before they even cooled! Thanks for sharing!

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