Alton Brown’s “The Chewy” Chocolate Chip Cookie
There are many recipes for chewy chocolate chip cookies floating around the universe, but Alton Brown’s was the first one that I came across that used bread flour in place of all-purpose flour. Doing so increases the protein content and helps to achieve a chewier cookie. Along with a high ratio of brown sugar to granulated sugar and an extra egg yolk, this little trick ensures that your cookies turn out thick and chewy, not the least bit thin and crispy. A smaller-sized cookie than some of the others that appear on the site, this recipe enables you to eat more than one without feeling too guilty 😉
Alton Brown's "The Chewy" Chocolate Chip Cookie
1 cup unsalted butter
12 ounces (about 2¼ cups) bread flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 ounces (¼ cup) granulated sugar
8 ounces (1¼ cup) light brown sugar
1 egg yolk
1 ounce (2 tablespoons) whole milk
1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
1. Melt the butter in a 2-quart saucepan over low heat. Set aside to cool slightly.
2. Sift together the flour, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl; set aside.
3. Beat together the melted butter and both sugars on medium speed for 2 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, whisk together the whole egg, the egg yolk, milk and vanilla extract in a measuring cup or small bowl. Reduce the mixer speed to low and slowly add the egg mixture. Mix until thoroughly combined, about 30 seconds.
5. Gradually add the dry ingredients, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Once the flour mixture is incorporated, add the chocolate chips and mix briefly to evenly distribute them throughout the dough. Refrigerate the dough for 1 hour.
6. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F; place oven racks in the top third and bottom third of the oven.
7. Scoop the dough into 1½-ounce portions onto parchment-lined half sheet pans, 6 cookies per sheet. Bake 2 sheets at a time for 15 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through. Remove from the oven, slide the parchment with the cookies onto a cooling rack and wait at least 5 minutes before serving. Leftover cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature.