This post was published last year on Sept 5th and has taken on a life of its own. Enjoy and happy Labor Day!
I wouldn’t call myself a perfectionist, but I do think that there are a few things in life worth perfecting. The chocolate chip cookie is one of them. If I’m going to go to the effort of pulling out my Kitchen Aid mixer, I want nothing less than the best chewy, crispy, chocolate-y results. My friend Lesley agrees. Four years ago, we were excited to find a recipe with potential in the The New York Times; and after test runs at home, we agreed that it was “the one.” All the credit goes to Wendy Gaynor, who runs the beloved cookie shop Ruby et Violette at 457 West 50th Street in Manhattan. My only personal tweak to her recipe, shocking as it may sound, is to cut down on the chocolate chunks by a cup to let the rich, buttery dough do some talking, too. Aside from that, these cookies need little more than a tall glass of cold milk. —Megan K.
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*Wendy Gaynor’s ‘Perfect’ Chocolate Chunk Cookies
8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4 cups semisweet chunks (preferably imported).
1. Place the butter in a large bowl and cream at high speed until
fluffy. Add the sugars and beat until light and fluffy, about 4
minutes, scraping down sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in eggs, one
at a time, until completely mixed.
2. In a separate bowl, mix flour, salt and baking soda. Add to the
butter mixture at low speed until just combined and add vanilla
extract. Beat on medium speed, scraping bowl down, until blended. Do
3. Add chocolate chunks and mix till thoroughly combined. Refrigerate
batter until cold, preferably overnight.
4. Preheat a conventional oven to 350 degrees or a convection oven to
300 degrees, and line several baking sheets with parchment paper. Drop
heaping spoonfuls of batter 2 inches apart on the lined baking sheets
and bake, turning tray once, until golden brown around edges and soft
(but not bubbly), about 9 minutes in a convection oven or 12 in a
conventional one. Cool on a wire rack.
Yield: 36 to 72 cookies, depending on size.
*This recipe appeared in The New York Times on October 27, 2002.