Chocolate Chip Cookies with Orange Bitters

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Orange Bitters

December 14, 2016

In 1938, Ruth Wakefield, co-owner of the Toll House Restaurant in Whitman, Massachusetts, created her Chocolate Chip Cookie as an accompaniment to ice cream. Ruth’s cookie became so popular that Marjorie Husted (aka Betty Crocker) featured the recipe on The Betty Crocker Cooking School of the Air. Nestlé then paid Ruth $1 to print her recipe on the back of their chocolate chip package.

I’ve modernized Ruth’s recipe with orange bitters that cut the sweetness as they enhance the richness and complexity of this delicious classic. Let me know what you think in the comments section below. Thanks Hella Bitters for this inventive twist on tradition.

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Makes 24-36 cookies

Instructions

Mise en Place the Cookie Dough

  • Add butter, white and brown sugar into a bowl of an electric mixer. Set aside.
  • Combine the eggs and orange bitters in a small bowl.
Two brands of orange bitters in place of vanilla.
Two brands of orange bitters in place of vanilla.
  • Dissolve baking soda in hot water.
Common baking soda dissolved in water.
Common baking soda dissolved in water.
  • Set the chocolate chips into a bowl.
Chocolate chips ready for the cookie dough.
Chocolate chips ready for the cookie dough.

Assembling the Cookie Dough

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees if baking immediately.
  • Beat the butter, white and brown sugar until smooth.
Creamed butter and sugar. This step sets the structure of your cookie.
Creamed butter and sugar. This step sets the structure of your cookie.
  • Beat in the eggs and orange bitters one at a time.
  • Add the dissolved baking soda to the cookie dough.
Cookie dough with egg added and without the flour.
Cookie dough with egg added and without the flour.
  • Add the flour and salt to the cookie dough.
  • Add the chocolate chips.
Cookie dough mixed and ready for the chill.
Cookie dough mixed and ready for the chill.
  • Refrigerating the cookie dough is optional, but can be left overnight.

Baking the Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Preheat the oven to 350F.
  • Drop by large spoonfuls onto your prepared pans.
Cookie dough scooped and ready for the oven. Yeah.
Cookie dough scooped and ready for the oven. Yeah.
  • Bake at 350F for about 10-15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are nicely browned, and the centers are set and slightly firm to the touch.
Chocolate chip cookies out of the oven. Sprinkle the salt while they’re still warm.
Chocolate chip cookies out of the oven. Sprinkle the salt while they’re still warm.
  • Place cookies on cooling rack and sprinkle with sea salt.
  • Eat immediately.

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