Bread Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies


I've been on a "use what I have in the fridge/freezer/pantry" kick the last few days.  I think I have finally realized how much I tend to waste because of forgetting what I have.  I do utilize my freezer for some things so that they don't go bad while waiting to be used.  One thing I keep in my freezer is my whole wheat and bread flours.  I came across this cookie recipe on Lovin' From the Oven that uses bread flour, and I thought it would be a great way for me to use up what I had left.  Plus, I had a meeting to go to at work with the officers of the club I advise, and what high school kid doesn't like chocolate chip cookies, so I thought I'd make these to share.

2 sticks Unsalted Butter, room temperature
3/4 cup Granulated Sugar
3/4 cup Brown Sugar
2 Eggs, beaten
3 cups Bread Flour
3/4 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 1/3 cups Chocolate Chips
1 1/3 cups Almonds/Walnuts, chopped (I omitted)


In a large bowl, cream the butter and both sugars until they come together.  Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat until just incorporated.  In a separate, medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until blended.  Stir in the chocolate chips (and nuts).  The dough should be neither sticky nor dry.  Cover the bowl and refrigerate the dough for at least 2 hours.  After the dough has been chilled, form the cookie dough into balls and place them on a cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes.  Let the cookies cool on the cookie sheet for about 5 minutes before removing.  (This recipe made almost 4 dozen medium sized cookies)