Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Chocolate Chip CookiesSo, there are chocolate chip cookies, then there are these chocolate chip cookies. Throw away your other recipes, because you won’t need them after trying this one. Seriously. This is the best chocolate chip cookie I have ever made, and my coworkers seem to agree. After bringing them into work, I received an email from one of my favorite guinea pigs which said, “OMG, those cookies are good!” in 72-inch purple and pink font. Point taken.

These cookies are crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside, Chocolate Chip Cookieshave a rich caramely flavor because of the brown sugar, and the sea salt sprinkled on top is just the perfect addition. And even though they are the size of your head, you still get chocolate in every bite thanks to the fèves (chocolate discs). Because I’m not a fan of dark chocolate (and not ashamed to admit so), I used milk chocolate ones, which I found at Surfas, my local commercial kitchen supply store. (Just search fèves on their website.) These specific chocolates are kinda pricey, so you could always just use the largest chocolate chips you can find and they will still taste just as good.

And finally, just a note that I used all-purpose flour in place of the bread flour.

2 cups minus 2 tablespoons (8 1/2 ounces) cake flour
1 2/3 cups (8 1/2 ounces) bread flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
2 1/2 sticks (1 1/4 cups) unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups (10 ounces) light brown sugar
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (8 ounces) granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons natural vanilla extract
1 1/4 pounds bittersweet chocolate disks or fèves, at least 60 percent cacao content (see note)
Sea salt


  1. Sift flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Set aside.
  2. Using a mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars together until very light, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla. Reduce speed to low, add dry ingredients and mix until just combined, 5 to 10 seconds. Drop chocolate pieces in and incorporate them without breaking them. Press plastic wrap against dough and refrigerate for 24 to 36 hours. Dough may be used in batches, and can be refrigerated for up to 72 hours.
  3. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat. Set aside.
  4. Scoop 6 3 1/2-ounce mounds of dough (the size of generous golf balls) onto baking sheet, making sure to turn horizontally any chocolate pieces that are poking up; it will make for a more attractive cookie. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt and bake until golden brown but still soft, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer sheet to a wire rack for 10 minutes, then slip cookies onto another rack to cool a bit more. Repeat with remaining dough, or reserve dough, refrigerated, for baking remaining batches the next day. Eat warm, with a big napkin.

Yields 1 1/2 dozen 5-inch cookies.

Recipe from The New York Times, via Smitten Kitchen.


16 Responses to “Chocolate Chip Cookies”

    LA Lola on 1 November 14th, 2008 1:20 pm

    mm, my favorite.

    I wished I worked in your office, or vice versa. Too bad my employer isn’t really hiring now. I’m sure you would be able to just bring in a plate of goodies in place of a resume to the interview, and the job would probably be yours.

    jami on 2 November 14th, 2008 10:33 pm

    I made these a few weeks ago – I actually thought I had blogged about them, but I can’t find it, so maybe not. I tried baking a few immediately, leaving the batter overnight (12 hours old), and leaving it another 24 hours (36 hours old). I thought the cookies were equally good at all baking points, though they did get a little deeper/more caramely with age. They were delicious!

    justJENN on 3 November 16th, 2008 7:42 am

    Are you watching Top Chef?? Let’s see them do dessert again…hm…

    CSG on 4 November 17th, 2008 3:33 am

    We don’t have any cake flour in Spain, and bread flour is not easy to find. Could I substitute them for standard flour?
    Oh, and thanks for another great recipe!

    Haley on 5 November 17th, 2008 4:35 pm

    You can never go wrong with chocolate chip cookies! I used a recipe similar to this the other day and they were the best ever!! The salt really does make a huge difference! It was the perfect balance of sweet and salty. I want them again now….

    Anne on 6 November 19th, 2008 8:32 am

    i keep hearing about how amazing these cookies are, but you have photographic evidence to back you up. those have the perfect texture – i just want to bite into them!

    H on 7 November 25th, 2008 12:37 pm

    Thanks Anne, they really are spectacular!

    Audrey on 8 November 30th, 2008 8:10 pm

    Yay, someone else who loves to cook but doesn’t like dark chocolate. I always substiture milk chocolate in recipes calling for semi sweet.

    Rebecca on 9 December 22nd, 2008 12:18 pm

    These have become my holiday gifts for 90% of the people I am giving gifts to. They are AMAZING!!! I really have no words for them.

    Seanna Lea on 10 December 30th, 2008 11:49 am

    I just made these this weekend, and it works well with a variety of flours. Because of a chronic flour shortage, I used some whole wheat flour and some whole wheat pastry flour and some Belgian dark chocolate chips (definitely smaller than feves). They are really good!

    Sarah on 11 February 5th, 2009 4:27 am

    Hi I’m just wondering whether these or the other chocolate chip cookies are better?
    because in your big fat chewy cookie recipe, you mentioned that your favourite ones were the latter.

    Thanks so much (:

    Hilary on 12 February 5th, 2009 6:19 am

    These are the best, hands down.

    Sarah on 13 February 7th, 2009 6:37 am

    Thanks, I’ll try it out.
    I love your site! Keep doing what you do 😉

    Olivia on 14 February 25th, 2009 3:27 pm

    Love the addition of sea salt! These are some meaty chocolate chip cookies…the way they should be. 🙂

    Jamie on 15 July 13th, 2009 12:26 am

    Is it wrong that I really want to buy the $70 bag of Feves? 😉

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