Recipe by Steve_G
I know... Not ANOTHER chocolate chip cookie recipe... BUT, you'll find that these are sheer perfection, large bakery-style, thick and chewy, cookies that taste as good as they look with a fool-proof set of instructions. It was pointed out to me that this recipe is from Baking Illustrated, perhaps so as I wrote down the ingredients from a morning show years ago! Thanks for letting me know.
Top Review by JungleLove
I've been making this recipe for over a year now, and I'm definitely known for making the best cookies around! All thanks to Steve_G! I always use half ww pastry flour and omit the extra 2 tablespoons of flour (don't seem to need it)... Often, I make the dough and freeze it to use as I need... too much dough for a house of 2. I pop the frozen dough right into the oven and it usually takes about 20 minutes to bake at 330....... BEST COOKIES EVER!!! Update: I was out of brown sugar, so I made my own using 1 C. white sugar plus 4T molasses. These were the BEST BATCH YET! The homemade brown sugar ended up being very dark, similar to a muscovado brown sugar. It added that mysterious rich, caramel-y, deep flavor! SO GOOD. I also used 1 teaspoon of brewed coffee and 1 teaspoon vanilla (instead of 2 vanilla) didn't notice the flavor, but like I said, they were the best I've ever made!
- 2 cups all-purpose flour (280 gms)
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour (20 gms)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 3⁄4 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled until warm (170 gms)
- 1 cup brown sugar (packed, light or dark, 236 gms)
- 1⁄2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 large egg yolk, from a large egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1⁄2 cups chocolate chips (semi-sweet, milk chocolate or any combination, 300 gms)
- 1 cup walnuts (114 gms, chopped) (optional)
Directions See How It's Made
- A couple of tips from helpful reviewers.
- The dough is meant to be on the dry side so it can be rolled, not dropped.
- If you're not getting a good flavor, try using a higher quality vanilla and/or chocolate chips. (Penzey's Madagascar Vanilla, Ghirardelli chips, fresh/real butter).
- Check your oven temperature, cooking time and temperature is critical. If the cookies are not chewy they are probably overcooked.
- Bread flour will make the cookies even more chewy, biscuit flour will make them less chewy.
- Do not let your dough get warm, I like to scoop it on to pans and refrigerate before I pop them in the oven.
- Pan color is very important, if they are too dark you may experience some crisp edges, try using some parchment and lowering the cooking temperature a bit.
- Place oven racks in the upper and lower 1/3's of the oven.
- Preheat oven to 325°F.
- Cover 2 large cookie sheets with parchment paper Mix flour, baking powder & salt in a bowl or bag and set aside.
- Mix butter and sugars with with a mixer until blended and smooth, add egg, yolk & vanilla.
- Mix until incorporated.
- Add dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
- Stir in chips and optional nuts.
- Divide into 18 equal balls, a 2" cookie scoop works just about perfectly, about 60 gms each.
- EVENLY space 9 on each cookie sheet.
- Bake for 12-18 minutes, rotating front to back and top to bottom after 8 minutes.
- Cool on sheets to maintain chewy texture.