Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

On the 6th Day of Christmas Cookies….Things didn’t go my way.   Another recipe from the Ritz Carlton at Amelia– Double Chocolate Chip Cookies, the most favorite cookie I have ever met.  Sir Wes has even gone to our local Ritz to see if he can find them- no luck.  Alas, the kind Pastry Chef sent us the recipe to try ourselves.  At the hotel, these cookies are huge, so soft, decadent and chewy.  A cookie you will never forget. 

Mise en Place

They cookies I made…not the same.  They taste awesome and are moist inside, but definitely fell flat.  I am quite sure it was the baker, not the recipe so I want to post it anyways! 

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

  • ½ cup and 1 tbsp. milk chocolate chips
  • 2 ½ cup dark chocolate chips
  • ½ stick butter
  • 7 eggs
  • 2 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp. espresso extract (2 tbsp. Water and ¾ tsp. instant espresso)
  • 3 tsp. vanilla
  • ¾ cake flour
  • 2 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips

    Sir Duke is very curious at the mess that's been happening in the kitchen lately!

     

Method

Whip Eggs and sugar in mixing bowl until light and fluffy.  Over a double boiler melt the milk chocolate, dark chocolate and butter.  When melted slowly add chocolate to the egg and sugar mixture.  Add espresso and vanilla extracts to the chocolate mixture.  Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a separate bowl and then slowly add the flour to the chocolate mix.  Gently fold in the semisweet chocolate chips.  Refrigerate batter for an hour or longer.  Preheat oven to 350 and scoop golf ball size balls onto a parchment lined baking sheet.  Put in freezer for 10 minutes before baking for 15 minutes.   Cool on wire rack.  This recipe makes about 6 dozen cookies- We froze half of the dough and they baked the same.

The dough is pretty soft, I put it in the freezer to be able to scoop it!

I can’t be sure where I went wrong, but these guys didn’t turn out the way the cookies are at Amelia Island.  That’s not saying the cookies I made aren’t delicious- they were trust me…. There will definitely be a “Take Two”

Very moist inside, light and flaky outside!

Not bad for a “Mistake”!

A glass of milk is a must!

Salted Caramel Candies

On The Third Day of Christmas Cookies… I found the Sea Salt!

Melt in your mouth perfect!

This is a recipe from the Ritz Carlton in Amelia Island, straight from the Bakery.  There is an amazing restaurant, Salt, at the resort, which Sir Wes and I love to indulge at for our anniversary.  On the last trip to Amelia, we discovered these indescribably, ridiculous, caramels, made from the restaurants specialty sea salt collection.  They are amazing! 

I followed the exact recipe from the Ritz Carlton kitchen-

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1.7 pounds       Unsalted Butter
  • 2 cups               Heavy Cream
  • 1 Tbsp              Fleur Del Sel (salt)
  • ½ cup               Glucose Syrup
  • 5 cups               Sugar, Granulated 
  •                           Water

 PREPARATION:

  • In medium sauce pan, heat butter, heavy cream, and fleur del sel salt until mixture starts to simmer. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • In large pot, place the sugar and glucose, add enough water to the sugars so when mixed, the sugars resemble wet sand. Using a pastry brush, wash the sides of the pot with water so that there is no sugar on the sides (otherwise your sugar will crystallize).
  • Cook the sugar on high with a lid. Remove the lid once the sugars have dissolved and the mixture is bubbling.
  • When the sugar reaches a light amber color, slowly pour the cream mixture on top of the sugar. Pour about a third of the cream and then whisk, repeating until you have used all the cream. CAUTION! The mixture will bubble up and release lots of steam.
  • Place your thermometer into the sugar. Continue to cook the sugar until it reaches 125 Celsius. Occasionally whisk the sugar while the temperature is rising. Have your silpat-lined tray ready on a heat resistance surface.
  • Once the caramel reaches 125 Celsius, pour onto the silpat covered tray. Be careful as sugar is extremely hot. Let set for 4 hours.
  • Run knife around the sides of pan and flip caramel onto cutting board.
  • Sprinkle with extra fleur del sel salt, cut into pieces and enjoy!

    Just the right amount of salty and sweet!

 

Notes:

Glucose Syrup may be purchased in most craft stores (i.e. Michaels) in the cake decorating or candy sections. It is extremely sticky. The best way to measure it is by using a glove. Fleur Del Sel salt is available in our Salt Shop at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island and may be found in an upscale grocery store.

Youll need a silpat (silicone non-stick baking mat available at Williams Sonoma) to line the tray you pour the caramel. Use a candy thermometer or digital thermometer to read temperatures up to 125 Celsius.

Salted Caramel Candies

 Salted Caramels….I don’t think I can ever go back to Caramel Squares- Sorry Kraft!