Reader’s Challenge: THE BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies!

by simplylife on April 26, 2011

Every time I post a new Reader’s Challenge, I get a slight moment of panic after hitting the “publish” button.  I immediately start to think, “What have I gotten myself into?…What are my options going to be?…What if I’m forced to cook something that I’ve spent precious money on and it will just go to waste?”


Then, every time I complete a new challenge I am so happy that I took it on.  I’ve learned how to cook shellfish for the first time, I found a whole new appreciation for Ina Garten and now I’ve found THE cookie recipe that my unborn children’s friends will know me for.


The challenge this time was to cook your favorite recipe! I loved reading the submissions and hope to try other’s soon!  Now, I know you may be thinking, “Chocolate Chip Cookies?  That is so ‘safe’ for a new recipe!”  I kid you not.  These will forever change the way you see a chocolate chip cookie.  


When I took on the challenge I initially was excited.  Then, I saw the ingredient list and wondered if I should really go through with this.  What kind of cookie needs two types of flour, both which I don’t have sitting in the pantry?  Can’t I just substitute all-purpose flour?  (The answer is NO!)

After getting over the flour issue, I then saw that it called for bittersweet chocolate disks.  After 3 grocery stores I was mumbling to myself that I should have never posted about this challenge and was ready to walk out with a package of cookies, take some pictures and call it a day.  I actually never was successful in finding the disks, but I did find a 60% cacao baking chocolate bar at Whole Foods that I’ve been more than happy with!  


Then I got home with all the ingredients and realized that this recipe calls for the cookie dough to sit for 24 to 36 hours.  “Really?,” I thought. “Is this necessary?”  (YES!  I promise you, something magical happens during this time and it becomes the perfect way to prepare a perfect dessert ahead of time that’s ready when you want it!)


Anyways, if you’re like me, once you get home and actually have all the ingredients you start to wonder, again, if it was worth it and why you need a whole box of cake flour when you can’t remember baking a cake since you were 10 years old and every ingredient but the water and eggs came out of the same box.  Let me tell you, this purchase will not go to waste. I’ve now made this recipe 3 times in the last 2 weeks and have I feeling I’ll be running out to get more of the ingredients soon.

No matter what your excuse may be for thinking you can just look pass the recipe and never give it a try, I beg you to to think otherwise.  I promise that once you try this, you will not be disappointed and never go back to your typical chocolate chip cookie!


The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies
Adapted (almost exactly) from New York Times

Ingredients:
2 cups minus 2 tbs. cake flour
1 2/3 cups bread flour
1 1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. coarse salt
1 1/4 cups unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
1 cup plus 2 tbs. sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
8 oz. at least 60% cacao baking chocolate (original recipe calls for 1 1/4 lb. bittersweet chocolate disks)
Sea salt

Directions:
1.  Cream butter and sugars together in a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, until creamy and light (about 4-5 minutes). Add egg, mix well, then add other egg and mix again.  Stir in vanilla.  Add in dry ingredients and mix until just combined, about 15- 20 seconds.  Batter will be slightly lumpy.  

2.  If using baking chocolate, shave chocolate until it is in small pieces.  Mix/drop in chocolate into batter.


3.  Place dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate 24 to 36 hours (can be refrigerated up to 72 hours).  

4.  When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Using an ice cream scooper, scoop balls of dough and place onto baking sheet that is lined with parchment paper or sprayed with cooking spray.  


5.  Sprinkle lightly with sea salt and bake until golden brown, 12-18 minutes.  Let cool on wire rack for about 10 minutes.  Serve and enjoy!
~Do you have a favorite cookie recipe you stick to?
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  • Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    Your cookies look great! I may finally have to try this recipe:-)

  • Errign

    I don't have a favorite cookie recipe, so these look like winners. :)

  • Tip Top Shape

    They look amazing!!! I have a lemon ricotta cookie that I always make. It's a Giada recipe and everytime that I make it people ask me for the recipe. I also use her shortbread recipe for any shortbread-related cookies. It's about the only one that doesn't end in crumbled dough all over the counter and me having a hissy fit. lol

  • Heather

    My favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe comes from "The Best Recipes" cookbook.

    I need to try this though – those cookies look amazing!

  • Justeen @ Blissful Baking

    Chocolate chip cookies are my favorite and this version looks absolutely amazing! I have been using America's Test Kitchen's Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe faithfully, but I do happen to have both bread flour and cake flour, so maybe I'll give these cookies a try this afternoon!

  • Andrea@WellnessNotes

    I love your challenges! And everything you cook and bake!

    The cookies sound wonderful. I don't have all the ingredients, but I may have to go shopping and give these a try. (And I'll try to stick to the recipe; one of my problems when it comes to baking…). Hubby would be VERY happy I'm sure.

  • Kristen (swanky dietitian)

    Wow, these look amazing!
    It's funny cause often I am scared away by recipes that have too many ingredients or that seem to time consuming. I am sure all those recipes are well worth it though.

  • Nakiya @ Taste of Baltimore

    No joke, I literally just made these cookies! They are currently sitting here at work with me. Definitely the best recipe ever.

  • Junia

    yes of course! and then i sub in my mix-ins for different varieties! i love how your cookies have more shape than the average cookie – makes it look even more scrumptious!!! :D

  • Maria

    I have to admit I hardly ever bake cookies! Not sure why, especially when there are delicious recipes like this one to try!

  • Amy B @ Second City Randomness

    I once read the thing about chilling your cookie dough beforehand and was skeptical. Then I tried it out for myself and now SWEAR by it. Definitely keeps the cookie from flattening out!

  • Sweet And Crumby

    These look gorgeous and absolutely drop dead delicious. I can't wait to try this recipe. Since I am a baker, I have both flours just sitting in my cupboard waiting for this recipe. Also, one question, do you let the dough sit out a bit after taking it out of the fridge? Thanks!

  • Mom

    This is it! The recipe I'm most excited to try!! By the way, are you now learning to sew to take out your hubby's waist on his pants an inch after making these being the chocolate lover that he is?? I love the simple idea of using a ice cream scooper; so cool! Sooo glad you took this challenge! I'm hitting the print button in 3…2…1 seconds!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog)

    Oh my – these sound (and look!) awesome!

  • Juliana

    I have to admit, the cookies look very tempting…intrigued by the flours…cake and bread flour? Have to give this a try. Have a wonderful week ahead :-)

  • Kasey

    I'm totally craving chocolate chip cookies now! Looks delicious!!!

  • decocinasytacones

    God this is a torture!, I´m on diet, and I love chocolate biscuits.

  • Autumn@Good Eats Girl

    I'm drooling over here. And I need to add these ingredients to my grocery list! These look great.

  • beyondbananas

    Um – yes, those do indeed look like the best chocolate chip cookies.. I think I am going to need me a batch of those babies.. ASAP!

  • Natalie

    Oh my, those look incredible! I hardly ever make chocolate chip cookies because if I get the craving for one I like to get a really good one from whole-foods. The stores that used to be Wild Oats sell the BEST vegan chocolate chip cookies. They're as big as your head and taste amazing.

    Yours rival the WF ones, by the way :)

  • bakingforhersoul.com

    My go to cookie recipe is Cook's Illustrated Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies. They use browned butter, and it gives an awesome texture/chew and almost toffee like flavor…but, they aren't the prettiest. I like cookies to be big and chunky, which they aren't. These look like the perfect chocolate chip cookies. :) Thanks for commenting on my blog btw!

  • Meri

    You are killing me with those cookies. Killing me. I'm not a baker, so I really have no hope unless perhaps I become a baker or send this recipe to my mom and hope she makes them haha?
    You sure sold your cookies with that first paragraph, too!

  • SpicyTasty

    Definetely the best chocolate chip cookies.

  • sweetlife

    two flours, how interesting..thanks for sharing I really need to try these!! they look great

    sweetlife

  • MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College

    The pictures alone prove that these are the BEST cookies ever. So beautiful. These will definitely be made soon!

  • Priya

    Scrumptious cookies, sooo yummy..

  • Suman Singh

    Great recipe, This would be great with a cup of tea..simply delicious!

  • Kitchen Flavours

    Wow…love those gorgeous looking delectable cookies….

  • Hester Casey – Alchemy

    I don't normally make chocolate chip …but I'm going to start today… with these… (Actually, these could be dessert with icecream after your incredible falafel)

  • Betty Pham

    they certainly look lovely :O)

  • PapaCheong’s 拿手好菜

    nice picture you have been putting up but my outcome is never as nice as yours.

    Papacheong
    http://home-cook-dishes-for-family.blogspot.com/

  • Jolene – EverydayFoodie

    I always stick to my mom's chocolate chip cookie recipe. They are the best cookies I have ever tasted.

  • Mo ‘Betta

    How divine…I would love to have some right now with a glass of milk!!

  • Joy

    The cookies look wonderful.

  • Alicia

    These cookies look deelish– Chocolate chip cookies are by-far my favorite!!

  • http://www.decocinasytacones.blogspot.com decocinasytacones

    I loved your post today, LOL.
    These cookies look wonderful. I have to make them.
    I´ve also written all my cards, lit the Christmas tree, decorated my kitchen and motivated myself into Christmas already. I love Christmas.
    Love from Spain.
    Merry Christmas to you both.
    Marialuisa

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