Friday, December 27, 2013

Cookie Showdown

Nestle Toll House Recipe vs Crisco Recipe

This holiday season I pitted America's most popular chocolate chip cookie recipes against one another: the coveted Nestle Toll House and Crisco recipes. I've never met a cookie I didn't like so this was a daunting task... read on to see what I've determined in this sweet showdown. 

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Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Recipe:

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate
1 cup chopped nuts

Crisco Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe:

3/4 stick Crisco® Baking Sticks Butter Flavor All-Vegetable Shortening
1 1/4 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 3/4 cups Pillsbury BEST® All Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 (6 oz.) package semi-sweet chocolate chips (1 cup)
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans (optional)

The End Result

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Is there such a thing as a bad chocolate chip cookie? I think not... But in the context of really looking at which of these classic recipes trumps the other, there are a few things that must be taken into consideration. 

First, the winning recipe is based on personal preference. There are two different types of cookies here; the Nestle recipe produces a cakey, fluffy cookie, where as the Crisco cookie is more dense and crispy. This preference is precisely where a winning recipe is determined.

 For me, I have to say the Crisco recipe is a bit better. Why? Well, I'm big on presentation and the Crisco dough is much firmer, therefore, it warrants a perfectly uniform cookie when using a scoop to arrange the dough on a sheet. 

But more so than the perfect appearance, I find the taste of the Crisco dough to be a bit more buttery than the Nestle recipe. The raw Crisco dough tastes better than the Nestle too... That is important! If you don't eat the dough, you're definitely doing it wrong. 

Where the Nestle almost wins though, is in the category of left overs; this recipe stays super soft and chewy for a few days which is fantastic. The Crisco cookies get crisp upon cooling. Once again, it is all a matter of preference! My Mom and I had a great time whipping these two recipes up back to back and taste testing. In the end, Crisco is a winner in my book.

Who takes the gold in your book?

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