Chocolate Chip Cookies

Who doesn’t like chocolate chip cookies?

I long for the days when I would eat them as fast as I can scoop the gooey morsels off the hot pan.

One…then two…three…

and beyond that, I would never admit to how many.

I stopped making them years ago because of my inability to stop reasonably. It’s like my jelly bean addiction. If I don’t buy them, I don’t eat them. Makes sense, right?

Tonight we had our daughter and grandson over and it was time to revisit chocolate chip cookies. Traditionally, I’ve always made the recipe on the back of the Nestles’ package and never ventured beyond that. In browsing the web and some of my favorite bloggers, the New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookie kept popping up.

My curiosity was aroused. What made this recipe different from what I’ve been making over the years?

Several things were different than the traditional recipe I had been making…cake flour and bread flour instead of all purpose flour; course salt, double the vanilla (and chocolate chips), AND letting the dough sit for 24 – 36 hours. Seriously? I have to wait a day to make a cookie I’m dying for today?

I took a deep breath and followed the rules…24 hours later I started baking the little gems.

The recipe called for sprinkling the dough balls with sea salt before baking.

And 24 hours later…here they are. The 24 hour frig time allowed for the flavors to meld together giving a deeper flavor to the dough…you can definitely taste the extra vanilla! I loved the course salt in the dough and the touch of sea salt on top.  Sweet and salty!

Waiting 24 hours was bit of a stretch but worth it! So here you have it….THE New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.

Chocolate Chip Cookies
A Kitchen Muse: 
Recipe type: cookies, dessert
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Serves: 1½ doz
 
Claimed to be the world’s best chocolate chip cookie by the New York Times! Plan ahead – you need at least 24 hours to chill the dough.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups minus 2 tablespoons (8½ ounces) cake flour
  • 1⅔ cups (8½ ounces) bread flour
  • 1¼ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1½ teaspoons coarse salt
  • 2½ sticks (1¼ cups) unsalted butter
  • 1¼ cups (10 ounces) light brown sugar
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (8 ounces) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons natural vanilla extract
  • 1¼ pounds bittersweet chocolate disks or chocolate chips
  • Sea salt
Instructions
  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.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  4. Stir in the vanilla. Reduce speed to low, add dry ingredients and mix until just combined, 5 to 10 seconds.
  5. 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.
  6. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  7. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat. Set aside.
  8. Scoop 6 3½-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.
  9. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt and bake until golden brown but still soft, 18 to 20 minutes.
  10. Transfer sheet to a wire rack for 10 minutes, then slip cookies onto another rack to cool a bit more.
  11. Repeat with remaining dough, or reserve dough, refrigerated, for baking remaining batches the next day.

What I was making a year ago: WATERMELON GAZPACHO!

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13 comments on “Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. Lori Roberts on said:

    Linda~ Thank you for sharing! What a lovely treat to have waiting when I walked into work. I managed to not eat the whole container (and the sushi chef mananged not to steal them from me, though he tried!), much like you I have an automatic hand-to-mouth reaction with cookies! They were dense and chocoaltey, although I’m not sure I enjoyed the salitiness as much as I though I would. Well I’m off to enjoy the last two little morsels with my morning coffee. See you soon! ~Lori

  2. Rima on said:

    This looks very yummy and soft. Can’t wait to try them :) YUMMM

  3. Elizabeth on said:

    CAn I ask a question, when you say bread flour, are you speaking of all purpose flour or something called bread flour?

    Thank you!

    • A Kitchen Muse on said:

      Hi Elizabeth – There is actually a ‘bread’ flour – it’s a little more high in gluten than regular flours. If you don’t want to go the cake flour/bread flour route…regular all purpose flour will work just fine.

  4. If you want to keep branching out you could try America’s Test Kitchen chocolate chip cookies. They use brown butter! Or, there is a thousand layer cookie recipe I like, too.

    I posted my version of the two here: http://fudgingahead.wordpress.com/2012/06/22/pretty-much-perfect-chocolate-chip-cookies/

  5. Lauren @ Part Time House Wife on said:

    I die for chocolate chip cookies especially with my dear friend sea salt on top! MMMMM.. and I have the same theory, If i don’t have “..” in the house I won’t eat “…” lol. Buzzed ya!

  6. Holly on said:

    Your recipe calls for bittersweet chocolate. I’ve always used semisweet. Is there a big difference? More importantly, do I dare to try something new?

    • A Kitchen Muse on said:

      Bittersweet vs. semisweet really depends on your tastes. Semi sweet is the more traditional route for Chocolate Chip cookies as we know them. I always like trying new things – if you don’t like it, you can go back to the old! Have fun!

  7. Anita at Hungry Couple on said:

    I also don’t bake chocolate chip cookies because you can’t eat what isn’t there. It’s the same reason there’s no peanut butter in this house. :( That said, I love the idea of the course salt. Sweet and salty is my most irresistible combination. Hmm…maybe I should forget I saw this. :)

  8. Sprinkles on said:

    Great photos & blog! Just a recommendation – these cookies are meant to be quite large. This cookie is famous for the transition of texture from inside to outside, so next time consider making much larger cookies to get the full effect :)

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