Try This Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe from the Cake Boss
Plus: we talk to Buddy Valastro about making cakes and working with family all day.
There's nothing like a batch of chocolate chip cookies to perk you up on any given day. Cake Boss' Buddy Valastro shares his own classic chocolate chip cookie recipe with us and talks about the new season of Cake Boss:
Classic Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
Yield: 3 dozen (3-inch) cookies
1 cup (2 sticks) butter softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
2 3/4 cups (12.5 ounces) all-purpose flour (lightly spooned into level measuring cups)
1 (12 ounce) package chocolate chips or 8 ounces coarsely chopped chocolate
1 cup chopped walnuts optional
1 Preheat oven to 350°F.
2 Beat butter and sugars with electric mixer on high speed for 2 minutes until mixture is very fluffy and turns several shades lighter in color.
3 Beat in eggs, vanilla and baking soda for 1 minute, scraping sides of bowl.
4 Mix in flour just until blended. Stir in chocolate and nuts, if using.
5 Drop dough by 2 tablespoonful scoops onto baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes until edges are lightly browned. Cool 1 minute on pan then transfer with a spatula to a rack to cool completely.
Yummy.ph: We are now in the newest season of Cake Boss. What should people look forward to in the newest season?
Buddy Valastro: "When the show started, it was just me and my one bakery and my life. But the show has definitely evolved because now I have 13 bakeries open. And trying to be a dad and be a business man and be everything that I'm being, my life has definitely changed. The cakes have gotten harder and everything has gotten crazier. I wanted you to see the full side of who I am from the baker to the business man, to the dad, to the husband, and I think that this season you'll start to see more."
Yummy.ph: You must be proud of all your bakery's creations. But what's one particular cake that you've made that has a special place in your heart?
Buddy Valastro: "The one that stands out the most, by far, is the cake I made for my wife-the replica of her. I made a life-sized replica of my wife. And I made that cake for her with all my heart. Because you know what, without her I couldn't do what I do and my children as well. It meant so much to me to make that first life-sized cake of her, because she's my queen. That was definitely one of the cakes that are the most memorable to me.
The cake that I'm most proud of was probably the Transformer cake. That was just insane, especially how it looked like. I remember finishing it. When I was done, I stepped back and I cried. And I just cried because I wished my dad could have saw what I did. The stuff we did in that cake, I couldn't even dream of doing 20 years ago. The fact we were able to do it, it touched my heart.
I just did another cake too, recently. It was an old world type flowers. It's just like an old art technique. To be able to bring those back and see them and do things that I know are really difficult and hard, and come from a little different generation of cake decorating- the fact that I know it and I can do it, it's awesome. I keep that tradition alive. Those are probably my top three"
Yummy.ph: This is already a huge family business, but we'd also like to know: what is it like working with your friends and family all day?
Buddy Valastro: "As much as we have our ups and downs, my family is the best. They drive me crazy, I drive them crazy, but I'd have it no other way. There's definitely a lot more good than bad in working with family. I tease my mom all the time when she hears I'm opening a bakery overseas. She's like, 'Who's going to run it?' and I say, 'Oh, let's send Mary there, so she doesn't get to drive me crazy anymore.' So, kind of like our own inside family joke.
Yummy.ph: You bake and decorate cakes and pastries probably all day, but do you ever also bake at home and what sorts of things do you make for your family on your days off?
Buddy Valastro: "As an example, me and my son Buddy last month were in search of the most delicious chocolate chip cookie and every day for, like, three weeks straight, my wife hated me. We were trying to tweak the recipe, a little more salt, a little more chocolate chips. You know, more of a cakey, more of a thin and crispy. And I always do, we bake at home whatever. It could be anything. When we went apple picking, we made apple struddle or apple pie, so kind of seasonal things we bake at home. So, I love to do it"
Yummy.ph: Would you have any advice for any novice bakers out there who want to try their hand at baking?
Buddy Valastro: "Look, at the end of the day, don't be afraid to try something new. Believe in yourself, and even if it doesn't come out perfect, I'm sure it will still taste sweet and people will enjoy it.
And how you learn is if something doesn't come out good, next time you'll get it better, kind of the same way we perfected our chocolate chip recipe, you do the same at home.
The only problem is when you bake every night you gain weight. You get fat, you know."
Get more cake inspiration from the new season of Cake Boss which starts on May 4, 8 p.m. on TLC.
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