revisit! the best chocolate chip cookies, ever

This post was published last year on Sept 5th and has taken on a life of its own. Enjoy and happy Labor Day!

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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
not overmix.

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.

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Louise

Those cookies are so good! I wonder how sweetened condensed milk would go with these. . . Or you could substutite chocolate all over with citrus flavours . . .

Tracy

Well these cookies are fantastic, and should be tried by everyone. My daughter even loved the mix before it was mixed. These ones wont last for long. thank you for this lovely recipe

Usti

Glad to hear it

Gabriela cano

this cookies are deliciuos, but i have a question about all this kind of cookies, why they need salt??? sometimes it taste to much salty. thanks.

Hot_toddygal

Just made these- and I halved the recipe- so in case anyone is wondering, it can be halved successfully!

.(to Gabriela)….and I backed off on the salt.

you can see them on my flikr acount:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/456661483/

I’ve got to say, these look amazing. I’m going to treat myself and my house mates tonight!

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Okay, these just look and sound too good not to try. I’m going to give them a shot and use dark chocolate since that’s my favorite. :) Beautiful photo, too.

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Chris

I just found your recipe today and will be heading to the store tonight to pick what I will need to make this wonderfull sounding cookies. We are hosting a family reunion this weekend and I was looking for that perfect cookie recipe.
I used to have several favorite recipes in whoch many were my own but unfortunately lost them in a house fire two years ago. To my great loss I ended up with no recipes and not a person had copies them. I am always looking for those perfect recipes and hopefully today I have found one.
Thank You and I will let you know what my children think !

kris

want the chocolate chip cookie recipe also do you have the peanut butter cookie recipe from greAT American cookie company

Avital

I hope my mom’s and Grandma’s cookies work because they look yummy from the pictures.
AVITAL

Avital

http://re3.mm-a11.yimg.com/image/172982613
this how my cookies look like

Stephanie (at work)

Those look delish! Good food-arranging for the camera and lighting too. Now I really want to have one or two… A cookie like that would come to about $2.00 each here in New York City. Hmmm…maybe I can sneak away from my desk to get one.

So I’m not crazy for thinking sometimes prepared cookie dough has too many chocolate chips!! I LOVE the way the dough tastes by itself and also think there shouldn’t bee too many chips.

And since the post, Ruby et Violette was sold and closed down for what the new owners claim is a redesign, but I wouldn’t hold my breath for the place to reopen.

That recipe is quite excellent though!

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rayne

I’m trying to convert it to metric, but I’m unsure about it. Anyone have experience with a metric conversion of this recipe?

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Hey,

I just started a new blog and used this recipe (but altered to add more flour) in my first post! Please tell me if you don’t feel as though I’ve given you enough credit and I’ll edit it. Do you like my milk + cookies picture? ;)

http://iwantahamburger.blogspot.com/

This is the cookie that I like
http://www.davidscookies.com/index.cfm?action=product.flavor&productid=204&flavorid=13

I have the recipe btw…

4 1/2 cups crispy rice cereal
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Process cereal in a food processor or blender to a fine powder. Measure out 1 cup of the powder and combine it with the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.

2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, white sugar and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs, one at a time then stir in the vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Stir in the chocolate chips. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheet.

3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. To keep cookies from getting too brown on the bottom place the cookie sheet with the raw cookie dough on it on top of another empty cookie sheet before placing the cookies in the oven. The extra cookie sheet helps keep the cookies from getting too brown on the bottoms.

These look just like the cookies my grandmother used to make !!!! I can’t wait to give your recipe a try…I’ll write about it on my blog…

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Mary Pat Luchini

As for nestle. It’s aparently NOT the SAME recipe if it’s a different ratio of sugars. If you use different types of sugars you will have a softer cookie or a more crisp cookie. Nestle of all companies should know that! I think it looks like an awesome recipe and am printing it right now so I can get a leg up on some holiday baking. I like to have some frozen ahead of time for unexpected company! Thanks so much!

Mary Pat Luchini

Rayne,

If you need conversions just visit http://www.youconvertit.com and there you have it!

The Banker

Always have room for the best chocolate chip recipe! Yummy….I shall give them a try soon. You and your readers will also enjoy the creative college student baker at http://thestudentstomach.blogspot.com she has some really appetizing chocolate recipes and photos including her yummy Brown-ka-roons! Check it out! By the way….”Chocolateshow” is coming to New York City on November 10-13. You may know that it is modeled after the famous Salon du Chocolat in Paris!

rockerdiva

I have never made cookies from scratch before last night. I used the recipe for the “best chocolate chips cookies ever”. Everyone in my family of 6 loved them. I only used 1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips and it was still too much. The taste of the chocolate overwhelmed the butteriness of the cookie which makes it so unique. The cookies were definitely a tad to flat for my taste. But over all, it is the best cookie we have ever tasted. This recipe is definitely a “keeper”.

I printed out a copy of this recipe quite a while ago, but finally got around to making it last week. I blogged about it today. This is such a fantastic recipe! Thanks so much for sharing it and for having a link to it on your front page. Happy Baking!

I clicked right on over after I saw the luscious results on emily’s site (the gal who commented above). The power of visual images I tell ya….I’m trying these today!

These look like some awesome cookies! It’s sure feeling like baking weather where I am. BRRRRRR. I do have some pillsbury chocolate chip cookie dough in the fridge that I’m thinking of popping in the oven. Oh, I know—cop out! :)

Betsy

These cookies all look awesome. What is the chip preference??? I love those cookies at Nestle toll House Cafe in the mall but mine never turn out tasking as good!

Landra

I always enjoyed the ‘Perfect’, however the Mint Chocolate Chip was the one that completely won me over!!! So minty …. hmmmmmmmm, yum!

DC

JAY – I bought “The Best New Recipe” book, and can not find a White Chocolate Chip Macadamia cookie recipe anywhere. They must have removed it from the new edition. :(

Can anyone post the recipe or email it to me?

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I have to tell you these are the best cookies I have ever made and are a staple in our house. Thumbs up!

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This recipe from Allrecipes.com is the best chocolate chip cookie out there. Give this one a try before you vote Tollhouse the best!

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Brooks

OMG. I just made these but, after mixing the batter, I added a big handful of chopped fresh mint from the garden. Delicious!!

Linda

So far, the best c.c. recipe is the one from Todd Wilbur. His top secret recipe for Mrs. Field’s chocolate chip cookies. Fabulous. I will check the book and post recipe. Linda

Alex

I haven’t tried the posted one yet, but the Alton Brown ones are worth trying out. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/the-chewy-recipe/index.html

Claire

I can’t wait to try these, i’m 5 months pregnant and in a real cookie monster faize, just looking at the picture is making my mouth water. mmmmmm! Thanks

Claire

mmmmmmm! just about to start on my second monster cookie, they are so good and i think they tase so much better because i made them myself intsead of buying ready to bake dough. :)

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Don’t know how this compares to the Neiman Marcus recipe for chocolate chip cookies, but has anyone heard that story? Does anyone know if it’s true – I think it is….I printed out the email I got forwarded to me from several years back. I think I’ll make the recipe you’re showing here and the NM one – let you know the results.

It’s about a woman who asks for the recipe from a server at an NM cafe and the server adds the recipe ‘bill’ for $250 to her tab. The woman doesn’t really notice the charge until she gets her statement and then goes through an ordeal with NM to try and get the charge reversed, which they wouldn’t since they said she had already ‘seen’ the recipe. Bottom line is that she has shared the recipe with the world (via various emails) and decided that was the way to get her $250 worth of satisfaction.

Mary T

Sorry, Laura, not a true story — in fact, the story is one of the most enduring urban legends going. You can read the origins (and several variations on the story through the years) here:
http://www.snopes.com/business/consumer/cookie.asp

Holy Cow! Boy do I feel *really* ignorant. Thanks for clearing that up, though. I certainly won’t be passing on the fairy tale.

BTW, I just discovered your blog and am enjoying it very much. I just started one a month ago and I’ve been looking for other ones to link to for my future readers (hoping that I get some!). If you have a minute, could you check mine out and give me any advice? I’m about 70% happy with it. I know that’s a weird percentage, isn’t it?! http://www.customdecorator.com/blog – Thanks in advance if you have time to look. I take constructive criticism pretty well, so be honest.

Mary T

Laura, no worries — I used to be called the “Urban Myth Email Cop” at an old job because urban legends have been an interest of mine since before email was around (if anyone can remember back that far). Thanks for sharing your site link with us!