It should come as no surprise that these cookies are featured in my first blog post. These are the cookies that I have been making for years, regularly and often, sometimes for myself and sometimes to fill requests from friends and family members. This is a recipe that I swear by. Sometimes I even keep a little extra cookie dough in the freezer, for those chocolate-chip-cookie-craving emergencies.
This recipe is from Cook’s Illustrated, and the title is theirs: “Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies.” And, if you ask me, they are.
Browned butter brings depth of flavor to these cookies. The aroma alone is incredible. The dough is sweet, but balanced by a touch of salt and high-quality semisweet chocolate chips. And while the recipe may have a few more steps than the typical cookie, the ingredients are ones you’ll probably have at home, and the few extra minutes of work are worth it.
To make the most of the weather, I went on a rainy-day walk. These cookies made the perfect snack after. I mailed a few to my little sister for Valentine’s Day, and she loved them, too.
Keep reading for the recipe:
The recipe looks complicated, and can be a little confusing the first time you make it. The butter must be browned, the eggs whisked in not once, but thrice. You might miss a step. You might let your butter burn a little. Don’t worry about it. Push on. The cookies will probably be delicious anyway. And by the second batch, you’ll be a pro.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Whisk together flour and baking soda in a medium-sized bowl. Set aside.
- Heat 10 tablespoons of butter in a 10-inch stainless steel skillet over medium heat until melted, about 2 minutes. Swirl the pan over heat, until the butter at the bottom of the pan is dark brown and has a nutty aroma, about 1-3 minutes. Remove skillet from heat. Transfer the browned butter to a large heatproof bowl and add the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter. Stir until completely melted.
- Add both sugars, salt, and vanilla to the bowl with the butter. Whisk until fully incorporated. Add the egg and egg yolk. Whisk until the mixture is smooth with no lumps, about 30 seconds. Let the mixture stand for 3 minutes, then whisk for 30 seconds. Repeat the process of resting and whisking two more times. The mixture will be smooth, thick and shiny. Use a rubber spatula or wooden spoon to stir in the flour mixture until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Roll cookie dough into balls. Cook’s Illustrated recommends large, 3 tablespoon (#24 cookie scoop) balls for giant cookies with crispy edges and tender middles. Use smaller 1-2 tablespoon balls for small cookies. Place them on the prepared baking sheet 2 inches apart.
- Bake cookies 1 tray at a time, in center of oven. Bake 10-14 minutes, until cookies are golden but still puffy, and edges have begun to set but centers are soft. Baking time will vary with size of cookie. Allow to cool before serving.