Begin by creaming the butter, sugar, and eggs together. Using a KitchenAid mixer with the paddle attachment works best.Chef Tip: creaming the butter and sugar together takes longer than just mixing them together. You need to do this for at least 3 minutes. Some say long enough for the mixing bowl to get warm (not necessary) the sugar hydrates and softens in texture. Will lighten in color.One thing you can count on with Le Cordon Bleu, excellent technique.
Then add in the vanilla, not before. 1 tablespoon
Next, take the pastry flour, salt, and baking soda and sift them. Please do not skip this step. There is always a small section that doesn't get mixed correctly. No one wants to eat raw flour.
Then add the sifted pastry flour to the wet ingredients. Mix in 1/3 of the pastry flour at a time. After 2/3rds of the pastry flour is added, go ahead and add in the chocolate chips. Make sure to scrape the bottom of the mixing bowl to incorporate all of the ingredients. Please add more chocolate chips if you wish.
Chef Tip: To ensure your cookies turn out great, Do NOT over mix once the pastry flour has been added. Just like when making biscuits. The longer you work the cookie dough the tougher the cookies become. #glutendevelopment
Place the cookie dough in the refrigerator for 20 to 30 minutes. Chef Tip: Two reasons, the dough will be easier to scrape and shape due to setting up from the quick chill. Secondly, the gluten in the dough has a chance to relax. This will offer a more tender cookie. Cook on a cookie sheet without any parchment paper. The parchment paper steals the texture of the bottom of the cookie. Which is the best part. #noparchementpaperIt's called a cookie sheet for a reason lolTry to place the cookies apart. The cookies will expand while cooking. I placed 6 cookies at a time on the cookie sheet.Chef Tip: If you want to try to reduce that effect you can bake the cookies at a higher temperature and the cookies will set quicker, reducing the spread of the cookie.
Bake Cookies @ 350 for 14 minutes or golden brown and delicious. Check the cookies after 11 minutes of cooking to make sure everything is going perfectly.