April 16, 2010

ultimate chocolate chip cookies

My friend and business partner Terry recently gave me this amazing chocolate chip cookie recipe that may just trump the trusty Nestle Toll House variation. The key seems to be in using cake flour in addition to all-purpose flour, and sprinkling sea salt on top before baking for the perfect salty-sweet combination.

I sent some to my friend Emily, my brother and sister-in-law, and my husband's parents a few weeks ago, and got rave reviews. Not sure if they were just being nice, but I'm pretty sure they liked them ;-)

Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

2C minus 2Tbs cake flour
1 2/3C all-purpose flour
1 ¼ tsp baking soda
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 ½ tsp coarse salt (or sea salt)
2 ½ sticks unsalted butter
1 ¼ C light brown sugar
1C plus 2 Tbs sugar
2 Large eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 ¼ c bittersweet chocolate (or any kind of chocolate chips that you like)*

Sift flours, baking soda, baking powder and coarse salt into bowl and set aside.
Using mixer, cream butter and sugars until very light (5 min).
Add eggs (1 at a time), mixing well after each addition.
Stir in vanilla. Reduce speed to low and add dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
Drop chocolate pieces in and then press plastic wrap against dough.
Refrigerate 24-36 hours. Dough can be refrigerated for up to 72 hours.**
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, roll into balls and sprinkle lightly with coarse/sea salt.
Bake 15 minutes or until golden brown (or less time if you like them
really chewy).***

Makes about 6 dozen small-ish cookies

* I dump in the full bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips :) Why not?
** refrigerating for a few hours or overnight seems to yield the same results.

*** our oven tends to overcook things, so 12 minutes seems to be the magic number for perfectly golden, chewy cookies.


  1. Saving this and will make and send them to my husband when he deploys :) Thanks!

  2. OMG...I think this is the same recipe I use for my go-to (America's Test Kitchen?). I love it to pieces!

  3. Those look delicious! I'm always trying to chocolate chip recipes, on the hunt for the best one, I'm definitely going to try these next. Thanks :)

  4. I think I'll have to make these for the housewarming.

  5. I can attest to the fact that these cookies are, indeed, the best chocolate chip cookies in the entire world.

  6. Those look amazing! I am no good at choc. chip cookies, but I may have to try this recipe. Mine always come out too doughy and don't flatten out. They are like little lumps, UGH!

  7. Hi Brooke - If you use ice cold butter and cube it before you add it, then you don't need to refrigerate the dough before using it :) The butter will look like mini chunks or pieces of rice, but that will allow the cookies to have the perfect chewy consistency.

  8. Mmm...delish! I've gotta try this recipe for my cookie monster hubby!

    P.S. The link for your SIL goes to inspiredGOOness.com instead of inspiredGOODness.com :)


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