March 25, 2012

Sunday Sweets: The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sometimes I think there's no better dessert than a warm chocolate chip cookie straight from the oven.  I have been a loyal fan of Nestle's recipe on the back of their chocolate chip bag, and have been making those for years.  I've baked them with my mom, my sister, friends, and even my husband.
(I found this from 4 years ago haha!) 

Everyone loves them when my family bakes them, and they were always my grandpa's favorite dessert.   It's the only chocolate chip cookie recipe I've ever made because I didn't think it could get better than those cookies. So it may come as a surprise to many that I decided to go a little crazy and try a new chocolate chip cookie recipe.  

I saw that this recipe by Jacques Torres was rated as the best chocolate chip cookie recipe by the New York Times, and I knew I was going to have to give it a try.  Apparently the key to the recipe is keeping the dough in the refrigerator for 24 hours before making them. I left it in there for about 22 1/2, and I also didn't have pastry flour so I used just all purpose flour, but they still turned out delicious! I halved the recipe, and this is what I did: 

1/2 pound unsalted butter 
1/2 cup plus half of 3/4 cup granulated sugar 
1 1/8 cups packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
3 cups of all purpose flour
1/2 tablespoon salt 
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda 
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract 
16 ounces Ghiradelli chocolate chips

* I made the dough before putting the chocolate chips in and set 1/4 the dough aside.  I did this because I only had a 12oz bag of chocolate chips and not 1 pound of chocolate, and I wanted to make sure my cookies were chocolaty enough. I'll save the dough and add chocolate chips to it another day to bake cookies.  

1. Soften the butter.
2. Cream together the butter and sugar with a mixer.  Add in the vanilla, and then the eggs one at a time.  
3. In a separate bowl mix together the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.  Gradually beat the mixture it into the bowl with the wet ingredients. 
4. Stir in the chocolate chips with a spoon. 
5. Let the cookie dough sit in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours.  
6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Roll the dough into balls and place them on cookie sheets.  
7. The recipe calls for you to bake them in the oven at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes.  It only took 10 minutes to bake them in my oven, so just keep an eye on your cookies for the first batch to see how long they need.
8. Enjoy warm with a glass of milk. :) 

I feel like a traitor saying this, but this recipe just might be better than the Nestle chocolate chip cookie recipe! They are very similar, but I think these might just be it for me.  I will probably try it one day with the pastry flour to see if that makes a difference.  If anyone has a chocolate chip cookie recipe that they think is the absolute best, I'd love to try it out! 



  1. They're the best! Better save that recipe :)
    Your taste tester :)

  2. Yummy! We have a family recipe that I always use (just a few substitutions from the Nestle bag), but these look delicious!

  3. The cookies look fabulous, the shirts on the other hand, ehh... ;)