Cook’s Illustrated Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies are large, bakery-style cookies made with browned butter and dark brown sugar for a toffee-like flavor and soft texture.
Can we talk chocolate chip cookies today?
I feel like I have been to the moon and back when it comes to how many chocolate chip cookie recipes I’ve tried over the ten year span since I started this site. I’ve done the back-of-the-Nestle-bag thing, the pudding chocolate chip cookies, the thick and chewy chocolate chip cookies, the copycat soft batch chocolate chip cookies, the New York Times chocolate chip cookies, Alton Brown’s “The Chewy” chocolate chip cookies, and I’ve created my own versions of some of those, too.
For the longest time, the Cook’s Illustrated/America’s Test Kitchen thick and chewy chocolate chip cookies were my go-to cookie. Then I made the New York Times chocolate chip cookie recipe (from Jaques Torres) and my world was turned upside down. Enormous cookies, super thick and chewy, dark chocolate, flaky sea salt… they were a dream! But they also involved planning ahead, which isn’t always possible when you want cookies RIGHT NOW (or at least in the next two hours). So, I sort of made my own version of that (as well as a peanut butter cup version that is like whoa).
As you can see, I’m a tad bit, shall we say, non-committal when it comes to my chocolate chip cookies… always looking for the next best thing. But, life’s too short to miss out on the opportunity to uncover the most amazing, PERFECT chocolate chip cookie ever, right?
Last weekend, I returned to this Cook’s Illustrated perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe that I had tried multiple times nearly five years ago. I had been underwhelmed with it at the time, but perhaps time heals all wounds because as far as I’m concerned, they turned out absolutely perfectly this time around.
Admittedly, this is totally subjective and you and I may not see eye-to-eye on it. Heck, my husband and I have VASTLY differing opinions on what makes a chocolate chip cookie perfect, so when I can create a cookie that we both REALLY LIKE, it’s a huge win.
This is what I need from my perfect chocolate chip cookies:
These Cook’s Illustrated perfect chocolate chip cookies check off all of my requirements above, AND it’s a cookie that my husband and I both loved. Total home run here!
There are a few different aspects to these cookies that makes the “perfect” moniker worthy:
Perfect! Seriously, the Cook’s Illustrated Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies are utterly fantastic cookies. They can be whipped up quickly, they have great flavor, and the perfect texture – golden brown, wrinkly edges and soft and puffy centers.
My only regret is not making a double batch of these!
One year ago: Tortellini in Parmesan Cream Sauce with Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Six years ago: Waldorf Salad
Large, bakery-style chocolate chip cookies made with browned butter and dark brown sugar for a toffee-like flavor.
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line 2 large (18×12-inch) baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and baking soda; set aside.
3. Heat 10 tablespoons of the butter in a 10-inch stainless steel or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat until melted, about 2 minutes. Continue cooking, swirling the pan constantly until the butter is dark golden brown and has a nutty aroma, 1 to 3 minutes. Remove skillet from heat and transfer the browned butter to a large heatproof bowl. Stir the remaining 4 tablespoons butter into the hot browned butter until completely melted. Set aside and let cool to room temperature.
4. Add both sugars, salt, and vanilla to the bowl with the butter and whisk until fully incorporated. Add the egg and egg yolk and whisk until the mixture is smooth with no sugar lumps remaining, about 30 seconds. Let the mixture stand for 3 minutes, then whisk for 30 seconds. Repeat the process of resting and whisking 2 more times until the mixture is thick, smooth, and shiny. Using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, stir in the flour mixture until just combined, about 1 minute. Stir in the chocolate chips and give the dough a final stir to ensure there are no hidden flour pockets.
5. Scoop the dough into 16 even portions, each about 3 tablespoons, and arrange them 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets, 8 dough balls per sheet.
6. Bake the cookies 1 tray at a time until the cookies are golden brown but still puffy, and the edges have begun to set but centers are still soft, 10 to 14 minutes, rotating the baking sheet halfway through baking. Transfer the baking sheet to wire rack and allow cookies to cool completely before serving. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.