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Alton Brown’s “The Thin”

by on August 30, 2008 · 12 comments

It’s as hot as usual, but it’s starting to feel like fall because tonight is the first U.T. football game of the season. The neighborhood sounds like lawn mowers and people are running around in team colors buying beer and loading up pick-up trucks. Todd’s excited because this year he gets to go to the game too. He does a good job at being a Longhorn fan even though he went to Boston University where he attended almost all the games as a drummer for the BU band. This year, he doesn’t have to play any instruments — he just gets to drink and yell “Hook ‘em!”.

I asked Todd if he needed any cookies for the football game and since he said NO, I went ahead and just baked a batch of my personal favorite, chocolate chip! I’ve been baking Alton Brown’s Chewy Chocolate Chip cookies for years, but this time I decided to try his thin version. Or as Food TV calls it “The Thin”.

Recipe Here

I didn’t make any changes and the cookies turned out great. They’re not as airy or light as some, but they are thin and if you cook them for the full amount of time, crisp. I think baking them on a non-insulated cookie sheet really makes a difference here. That is, if you want them crisp. Anyway. These are perfect for sitting around on the couch watching Camp Rock while all your friends are at the football game.

Alton Brown Thin Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Published on August 30, 2008

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kate August 30, 2008 at 12:45 pm

I have been making “the chewy” also for years now….so in your opinion, are they better the the chewy? :)

Anna August 30, 2008 at 12:55 pm

Hi Kate,
Hmmm. They’re better to me, but only because I’ve been craving crisp and thin cookies lately. The big, chewy chocolate chip cookies are probably more impressive to people, but they’re different.

Katrina August 30, 2008 at 1:11 pm

Yum! I’ll have to try these someday. I made the chewy once and they totally didn’t turn out. Not sure why. I’ll have to try all three of Alton’s someday.

Katrina August 30, 2008 at 1:30 pm

P.S. My husband is SO excited for “his” teams first football game tonight (BYU), but he can only listen to it on the internet. Still, not very fun for me. I like to hear about the game from him, but I couldn’t care less about watching or especially listening to it!

Debbi August 30, 2008 at 1:56 pm

I just saw your cookies with the Hello Kitty in the background just as my daughter brought up her Hello Kitty collection and decided to get rid of it as she has grown out of it. :-( She is 11 so I guess it’s time. I’ll have to make some of these chocolate chip cookies to get over the the Hello Kitty loss. I LIKE Hello Kitty!

Anybody need any Hello Kitty stuffys? :-)

VeggieGirl August 30, 2008 at 2:15 pm

Starting to feel like autumn here as well…

Delicious cookies!

clumbsycookie August 30, 2008 at 2:49 pm

Hello Kitty! Hello Anna!
I love Alton Brown! I’ve been watching “Good eats” from the internet, since we don’t have Food Network here. I saw the one with with the 3 cookies and I think I would love the 3 of them. Basicly I think the texture will depend on the mood you are, isn’t it?
I just got his book about baking too, only made the muffins but I’ll “attack” other things soon!
I’m watching a big soccer game today as well!

Katrina August 30, 2008 at 3:36 pm

Debbi,I LOVED Hello Kitty, but since I only have four boys, that would be a little silly for me! (That’s one reason I’m sad about not having any girls, no Hello Kitty, no barbies, or dolls. I wanted an excuse to play with those things again. Sigh!)
Hey, I just posted my to-die-for-if-you-like peanut butter/chocolate cheesecakes. Anna, I want to try them next with pure peanut butter and xylitol and see what I think. I already made them almost as healthy as a pb/choc treat can be.

Kim August 30, 2008 at 8:42 pm

Poor Clumbsy! I’d DIE without the Food Network!

I make thin chocolate chippers once in awhile because my BF likes them, but I prefer softer, chewier ones. But I guess that any chocolate chip cookie is a good one, right?

Sue August 31, 2008 at 8:54 am

Hi Anna!

Yesterday I saw the Barefoot Contessa’s CCC mix on sale, plus buy one get one free, so I couldn’t pass it up. I was curious. When I got home I mixed them right up. I haven’t been eating baked goods with wheat for awhile now, but I had to taste these. The texture was excellent the chocolate chunks were very good, but the flavor of the dough was so bland. When I make up the other package I will add some vanilla and salt. These are the very first cookie mixes I’ve ever purchased. They definitely would not be worth paying full price for. Homemade cookies are truly so much better, and much less expensive but it was a fun experiment, ridiculously easy, and I’m glad I tried it.

No doubt your AB Thins were much better.

Gina August 31, 2008 at 9:10 pm

AB (the man who should have been my husband) needs to add one more category to his chocolate chip repertoire: FLUFFY!

My friend made the best chocolate chip meringue bars for a party last week, and they made me think of you, the Queen of the Chocolate Chip Cookie! I haven’t made thme myself yet, but I ate FOUR of them at the party, and they were just scrumptious, despite the fact that I usually don’t enjoy meringue-y things. Seriously, you should try them! –Gina

Chocolate Chip Meringue Bars
(Source: adapted from Junior League of Baton Rouge’s River Road Recipes, 1959)

1 cup shortening (my friend substitutes butter here!)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
3 egg yolks
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon soda
1-2 cups chocolate chips (my friend used two)

Cream shortening or butter and the sugars. Add beaten yolks, flour, soda and salt. Spread in a large pan (my friend uses an 11 x 17 jelly roll pan) and sprinkle chocolate chips over the top.

For the meringue:
3 egg whites
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup walnuts, chopped

Beat egg whites until quite stiff, then add the brown sugar. Spread over chocolate chip mixture. Sprinkle nuts over the top (my friend leaves one part of the pan peanut-free in case guests don’t prefer them). Bake @ 350 for 25 minutes.

+david September 1, 2008 at 7:37 am

hey – i have girls and they would love the hello kitty things. Let me know.
also, i enjoy Alton Brown but have not yet tried the cookies. they sound yummy.

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