The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe


There are about as many different chocolate chip cookie recipes out there as there are definitions for what makes a chocolate chip cookie perfect.  It all comes down to personal taste.  As a person who isn't wildly into sweets, I'm very particular about my chocolate chip cookies.  To me, the perfect chocolate chip cookie is loaded, but not-overloaded with chocolate.  The sweet and salty balance is in perfect harmony.  The edges are brown and crispy, but the middle is soft and chewy.  If the cookies manage to last more than a few days, they retain their perfection chew and textures.

After decades of trying every recipe we could find, in pursuit of "perfection", my husband and I feel that we've finally come up with a formula that is everything we've been looking for.  Actually, he gets all the credit.  I was just the taste tester.




Our recipe is a riff on the recipe found on the back of Guittard chocolate chips.  Of course, quality chocolate makes a huge difference and as far as grocery-store brands, Guittard is our favorite (Ghiradelli is good too!).

Baking, as all good bakers know, is a science.  A good recipe, even a simple one like chocolate chip cookies, has been carefully balanced and tested.  The "science experiment" if followed carefully should yield the same results in any environment.

We hope you enjoy our "formula" as much as we have!




The Jennuine Chocolate Chip Cookie

The Jennuine Chocolate Chip Cookie

Yield: 24 Large Cookies
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Prep time: 16 MCook time: 24 MTotal time: 40 M
To me, the perfect chocolate chip cookie is loaded, but not-overloaded with chocolate. The sweet and salty balance is in perfect harmony. The edges are brown and crispy, but the middle is soft and chewy. If the cookies manage to last more than a few days, they retain their perfection chew and textures. You'll find that cookie here.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups unsifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons table salt
  • 1 cup butter -- two sticks -- (we use salted butter for this recipe), softened (room-temp)
  • 3/4 cup organic sugar (the unprocessed sugar yields a more tender cookie)
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Guittard Real Semisweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 cup Guittard Extra Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts, pecans, or coconut

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugars until light -- at least 5 minutes. You are creating air and melting the sugars at the same time. This is the key to the texture of these cookies.
  4. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat for another 3 minutes.
  5. Add half of the flour mixture and beat on low till combined.
  6. Add the second half of the flour mixture and beat on low until just combined.
  7. Add the chocolate chips, coconut, walnuts or pecans and stir until just combined.
  8. Use a portion scoop (#30, 2.13 Tablespoons) and arrange 8-to-a-sheet on a parchment lined baking sheet. Repeat with a second baking sheet.
  9. Bake, with pans on the center two racks of oven for 6 minutes. After 6 minutes, swap the position of the pans and continue baking for another 6 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven. The cookies SHOULD look slightly undercooked.
  11. Let the cookies cool on the pan for 6 minutes before removing to a cooling rack to finish cooling.
  12. Repeat with remaining dough (you should have enough dough left for two more pans)

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Dough should be thick and very light in color

Evenly scoop and space your cookies

When the cookies come out of the oven, they'll look undercooked in the middle

Baking Troubleshooting

1)  Eggs -- When a recipe says "large", use large.  Any other size will throw off the formula.

2)  Baking Soda -- make sure it is fresh.  If it's too old, it may no longer be active.

3)  Measuring -- When you measure, make sure the measuring cup or spoon is filled and leveled with the rim.  Don't under or over measure.

4)  Measuring -- Use dry measuring cups for dry ingredients, so you can level off the top.   NEVER measure dry ingredients in liquid measuring cups (the ones with the spout -- this makes it impossible for you to get an accurate measurement and again, your formula is off).

5)  Temperature -- If you live in a very warm climate, the ambient temperature in your kitchen may not be ideal for baking.  If it seems like your batter is too soft -- almost melty -- it means your kitchen is too warm.  Simply refrigerate your dough for a bit until it firms up.

6)  Temperature -- You follow the recipe to the letter, but your cookies still burn or are very undercooked.  What happened?  All ovens are different, and most, as they get older, no longer hold true to the temperature they report.  I always recommend a simple oven thermometer so you can check the true temperature of your oven every time.

7)  Overbeating -- As long as your ambient kitchen temperature isn't blazing hot, it's hard to overbeat the batter when it's just butter and sugars.  However, once you add the flour, you have to be careful.  Overbeating flour can cause tough and dry cookies.  Once the flour is in, beat as minimally as possible.  

Questions
Q:  Can I use regular granulated sugar?
A:  Yes.  The organic sugar has slightly more moisture and a slightly deeper flavor, but the difference is not so great that it will make these cookies any less awesome.

Q:  Do I have to use semisweet and ultra-dark chocolate?
A:  No.  You can use 2 cups of any chocolate chips you want.  You can really shake it up with some white chocolate chips, semi-sweet chips, coconut and macadamia nuts!  Customize, just keep the proportions the same as the formula (12 ounces total, or 6 ounces each when mixing two varieties).

Q:  Why salted butter?  I thought it was better to bake with unsalted.
A:  Generally I like to bake with unsalted.  However, salted butter in THIS recipe yields a perfect balance of sweet to salty that makes the cookies so perfect!

Q:  I don't have a stand mixer.  Can I use a hand mixer.
A:  Yes.

Q:  How long will these keep?
A:  Good luck with that.  They shouldn't last, unconsumed for long.  But, if you have self-discipline, you can keep these cookies in an airtight container for up to a week and they will taste as fresh and lovely as the day you made them.  Or, you can freeze them and save a few for a rainy day.

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