I've got a good starter recipe for chocolate chip cookies, and when I bake them, they're good. That's all, just... good. The M&Ms give them a nice touch of whimsy and provide a nice crunch. (But they're not mandatory.)
However, I want outstanding cookies, stellar cookies, cookies good enough to make men tremble and women swoon. Cookies with "oomph"!
In a nutshell, I want more from my cookies. How do I do that?
Here's my recipe:
2 1/8 c AP flour (I use Pillsbury)
1/2 t salt
1/2 t baking soda
12 T unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks), softened
1/2 c granulated sugar
1 c light brown sugar
1 lg egg + 1 lg egg yolk
2 t vanilla extract
1 bag (about 12 oz) milk chocolate chips (I use Ghiradelli)
4 oz bittersweet chocolate chips (ditto)
4 oz chocolate M&Ms
+ Mix flour, salt, and baking soda together in medium bowl.
+ Whisk melted butter and sugars in large bowl until combined. Add all egg, vanilla and mix well. Fold dry ingredients into egg mixture until just combined; don't overmix. Fold in chips and dump batter into prepared pan, either as cookie bars or individual circular cookies.
+ Bake at 325 F in middle of oven until top is light golden brown, slightly firm to the touch, anywhere from 15 minutes for cookies to about 30 minutes for cookie bars. Remove from pan and transfer to wire rack for cooling.