Blue Ribbon Fair Cookies (not to be confused with the Mrs. Fields’ Blue Ribbon Chocolate Chip Cookies) is a recipe from an old article in Chicago’s Daily Herald.
In Key to Blue Ribbon Chocolate Chip Cookies, a culinary judge gives some tips for state fair winning cookies. The article made me a little sad thinking of all the state fairs that were canceled this year, but that aside there are some good tips including combining different flours, using one egg or smaller eggs, and adding a whole lot of vanilla.
The cookies are really good, especially if you like thick, chocolate chip cookies with crunchy edges and crumbly soft centers. They’re less sweet than the famous New York Times recipe, but maybe a little sweeter than Levain’s and not quite as round. And best of all, they are loaded with chocolate chips! I like using a mix of chips, so for this recipe I used Ghirardelli Bittersweet and Hershey’s Salted Caramel Chips. If you can’t find the caramel chips, a handful of milk chocolate chips is an excellent substitute.
Anyway, now that I’m thinking about it these are almost exactly like Jumbo 3 Chip Cookies but with cake flour added. I guess you can’t go wrong with either recipe.
Blue Ribbon Fair Cookies
- 1 1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoons AP flour (225 grams)
- 1/2 cup cake flour (60 grams)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt, scant can use less if you want
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoon sugar (125 grams)
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons light brown sugar (125 grams)
- 6 oz unsalted butter cool and cut into chunks (170 grams)
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups bittersweet chips
- 1/2 cup Hershey’s Salted Caramel Chips or any brand of milk chocolate chips.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees or skip this step if you plan to chill all the dough.
- Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Weight your flour. This recipe has a lot of flour so you don't want to accidentally add too much by using packed cups. If you don't have a scale, sift it first or really stir and aerate. Mix together the flour, cake flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the cold butter until creamy. Beat in both sugars and continue beating for another 2-3 minutes or until light and creamy. Add the egg and stir on the lowest speed until it is mixed in, then add the vanilla and stir until blended.
- Using the lowest speed (or by hand), stir in the flour mixture. Stir in all of the chips. Dough should be slightly dry. You may want to turn it onto a pastry mat to work in all the chips, but you don’t have to.
- Using a quarter cup measure, scoop out balls of dough. If you’d prefer to just eyeball the dough, divide it into 12 equal size mounds. Press them into circles and flatten slightly so that you have disks which are about 1 inch (maybe a little less) thick.
- Arrange on parchment lined baking sheets and bake at 375 for about 15 to 18 minutes or until edges are browned. Let cool on baking sheets for about 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Alternatively, chill the dough disks and bake a few as needed. If baking chilled dough rounds, bake at 350 rather than 375.