Thursday, July 29, 2010

The hunt is over.... the PERFECT Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe!

Not an exaggeration that I have been hunting for the perfect chewy chocolate chip cookie recipe for years! Well... I have found it!
One of my favorite shows on PBS is America's Test Kitchen.  Anyone ever watch it!?  Each show is dedicated to one certain food that they perfect.  So basically, any recipe from America's Test Kitchen has been tested a variety of different ways until they find the very best!
Emma and I made these cookies a few days ago on a rainy afternoon.  Our whole household had finished ALL of the cookies by the next afternoon.  Yes, we're piglets... but they were THAT good! I dare you to make them and eat just one! :)




1 3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (8 3/4 ounces)

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

14 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 3/4 sticks)

1/2 cup granulated sugar (3 1/2 ounces)

3/4 cups packed dark brown sugar (5 1/4 ounces) (see note)

1 teaspoon table salt

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 large egg

1 large egg yolk

1 1/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips or chunks (see note)

3/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts, toasted (optional)


1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 large (18- by 12-inch) baking sheets with parchment paper. Whisk flour and baking soda together in medium bowl; set aside.

2. Heat 10 tablespoons butter in 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat until melted, about 2 minutes. Continue cooking, swirling pan constantly until butter is dark golden brown and has nutty aroma, 1 to 3 minutes. Remove skillet from heat and, using heatproof spatula, transfer browned butter to large heatproof bowl. Stir remaining 4 tablespoons butter into hot butter until completely melted.

3. Add both sugars, salt, and vanilla to bowl with butter and whisk until fully incorporated. Add egg and yolk and whisk until mixture is smooth with no sugar lumps remaining, about 30 seconds. Let mixture stand 3 minutes, then whisk for 30 seconds. Repeat process of resting and whisking 2 more times until mixture is thick, smooth, and shiny. Using rubber spatula or wooden spoon, stir in flour mixture until just combined, about 1 minute. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts (if using), giving dough final stir to ensure no flour pockets remain.

4. Divide dough into 16 portions, each about 3 tablespoons (or use #24 cookie scoop). Arrange 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets, 8 dough balls per sheet. (Smaller baking sheets can be used, but will require 3 batches.)

5. Bake cookies 1 tray at a time until cookies are golden brown and still puffy, and edges have begun to set but centers are still soft, 10 to 14 minutes, rotating baking sheet halfway through baking. Transfer baking sheet to wire rack; cool cookies completely before serving.
Thought you might like this little paragraph from the America's Test Kitchen website about these cookies...
"Melting a generous amount of butter before combining it with other ingredients gave us the chewy texture we wanted. Since we were melting butter, we browned a portion of it to add nutty flavor. Using a bit more brown sugar than white sugar enhanced chewiness, while a combination of one egg and one egg yolk gave us supremely moist cookies. For the crisp edges and deep toffee flavor, we allowed the sugar to dissolve and rest in the melted butter. We baked the cookies until golden brown and just set, but still soft in the center. The resulting cookies were crisp and chewy and gooey with chocolate, and boasted a complex medley of sweet, buttery, caramel, and toffee flavors."
Make these this weekend and let me know if you think they're as good as we do!
Happy Thursday everyone!


  1. I'm not sure if you know but American's Test Kitchen has an ENTIRE series of cookbooks, under the name Cook's Illustrated. I'm currently cooking my way through Cover and Bake. If you could get just one, I'd recommend "The New Best Recipe." They take all the basic American recipes and find the best one.

    Pretty much half of my fave recipes are from that cookbook!

  2. I want to try these. I have a friend that makes wonderful CCC and they aren't near as good when I make them. I thinks it's my oven-I've made the batter and cooked them at friends house and they were much better. I'll let you know when I try them. We just don't need to eat all those cookies! :)

  3. I will def. be making these! Thanks for the recipe and the dentist referral!!! :)

  4. This really looks delicious. I'm definitely craving for a plate of that right now. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe. This is definitely a must do recipe this weekend since I got my ISO 22000 Training.