quest for the perfect chocolate chip cookie

April 30, 2010

Last year The New York Times quizzed bakers galore in an attempt to discover and create the perfect chocolate chip cookie.

We learn that these esteemed panelists believe that recipe is important but that it isn’t everything, since that would be forgetting process, process, process!

Well, how about you guys? I’m new to this baking lark and the chocolate chip cookie is surely something I would like to become brilliant at.

So what is it? The Toll House recipe you made as a kid? Some super swanky recipe you learned at culinary school? A secret ingredient? Timing? The recipe handed down to you through generations?

Whatever it may be, leave a comment and tell me, what do you think makes the perfect chocolate chip cookie?

Let it be known…and then I’ll get baking!

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Tay April 30, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Has to be warm and gooey. Not crunchy at all! I love to use oil in my cookies – it makes them denser and moist!

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Food Makes Fun Fuel April 30, 2010 at 12:31 pm

Vanilla. Vanilla makes all the difference

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ellie April 30, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Straight out the oven, still warm and chewy. I think brown sugar gives them the best texture (and don't skimp on butter- go big or go home!) Best recipe is in the Ben and Jerry's cookbook, IMO. It's at my mom's, otherwise I would send it to you…so amazing.

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Jenny April 30, 2010 at 2:59 pm

You should definetly add some PB chips in the cookies as well! Adds something extra;)

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Sarah (Finding My Balance) May 1, 2010 at 11:19 am

i have found that the toll house recipe is my favorite, time and again. but use 1/2 light brown sugar and 1/2 dark brown sugar, and melt the butter, don't just soften it. (i don't know why, but they taste SO much better when you do those things!) and adding m&m;'s sure doesn't hurt!!

happy baking, angharad!

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Katie May 2, 2010 at 8:41 am

My husband LOVES cc cookies when they're made with shortening instead of butter. Something about the texture…

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Susan May 3, 2010 at 6:28 am

Funnn!!! I take chocolate chip cookies very seriously. They are in fact my favourite food on the planet. No lie. Here are the best two I've made. I think it's because in both instances the chocolate chips were more "chocolate chunks"

http://thegreatbalancingact.com/2010/02/21/pineapple-pine-evil/

http://tryingforatri.wordpress.com/2009/06/21/one-classy-feast/

I also think that chilling the cookie dough makes for a chewier cookie :)

Can't wait to see what you come up with!

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brandi May 3, 2010 at 8:29 am

Hm…the best?

I honestly think any warm-out-of-the-oven homemade chocolate chip cookie is perfect :)

But I love when they're crispy on the outside and warm and gooey on the inside.

Also, GOOD chocolate chips make a HUGE difference. And vanilla. And you need the pinch of salt.

A family friend used to make ones that had pudding in the batter and they were so soft and fluffy.

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Erica May 3, 2010 at 10:44 am
Janetha May 3, 2010 at 4:01 pm

gahh. that photo you picked out for this post was just not nice, angharad!!

anywho, i love chewy, thinner cookies. not cake-y. actually the recipe on my blog is the most favorite one! but i am sure whatever you make will be my new favorite, because you are perfect :)

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ohonemorething May 3, 2010 at 5:28 pm

I agree, straight of the oven, chewy, pillowy chocolate chips cookies make for the best. How can I forget?! A GLASS OF MILK TOO!! I seriously can't have chocolate chip cookies with some sort of milk beverage.

p.s. I have a friend that is also on the quest for the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe.. no joke he only bakes these cookies and each time he tweaks the recipe a bit and he always asks for constructive criticism :D

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Lara (Thinspired) May 4, 2010 at 6:31 pm

My mom swears the secret is undercooking them slightly. Just by one or two minutes. I don't know if that's "it," but hers sure are good!

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