Monday, January 28, 2008

THE Best Chocolate Chip Cookie?

Everyone wants to find "the best" chocolate chip cookie recipe, including me! I am slowly working my way through several recipes (it's hard work, I know!) but so far I have found two favorites.

The first one is the "Best Big Fat Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie." I actually stumbled across this recipe on long before I ever started frequenting the What's Cooking? Board, where it is also known as the BBFCCC :) This cookie is amazing straight out of the oven... it is crisp around the edges and chewy in the center... but the next day they are a little more crunchy and aren't as chewy as I would like (not sure if it is something I am doing, or if it is the recipe - maybe it's because I make them smaller?). They're still awesome, regardless, but I am still in search of that recipe that will still be mostly chewy the next day.

Best Big Fat Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie

I also wanted to mention that I have seen several others rave about the America's Test Kitchen chocolate chip cookie recipe. However, when I compared the two recipes side by side, there isn't much of a difference. The only difference is 2 tablespoons of flour and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract (this one calls for 2 cups flour and 1 tablespoon of vanilla whereas the ATK recipe calls for 2-1/8 cups flour and 2 teaspoons vanilla).

My other favorite is the best soft chocolate chip cookie. For a little more background about the origin of the recipe, visit Joelen's Culinary Adventures. The secret ingredient in this recipe is the pudding mix which gives the cookie a softer texture than that of a traditional chocolate chip cookie. I actually prefer this softer cookie over the chewy cookie.

Soft Chocolate Chip Cookie

With both recipes, I cut back on the amount of chocolate chips, from 2 cups to 1-1/2 cups. In my opinion, there were plenty of chocolate chips in every bite. The next thing I want to do is compare the BBFCCC to Alton Brown's chewy chocolate chip cookie and the soft chocolate chip cookie recipe to Alton's puffy chocolate chip cookie recipe! So stay tuned for updates...

Best Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 egg yolk
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (I only used 1-1/2 cups)

Preheat the oven to 325°F (165°C). Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.

Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.

In a medium bowl, cream together the melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar until well blended. Beat in the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until light and creamy. Mix in the sifted ingredients until just blended. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand using a wooden spoon. Drop cookie dough 1/4 cup at a time onto the prepared cookie sheets. Cookies should be about 3 inches apart.

Bake for 15 to 17 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges are lightly toasted. Cool on baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies
from Joelen's Culinary Adventures, original recipe by Ruth Wakefield

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cups packed brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 (3.4 ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (I only used 1-1/2 cups)

Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Sift together the flour and baking soda, set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar. Beat in the instant pudding mix until blended. Stir in the eggs and vanilla. Blend in the flour mixture. Finally, stir in the chocolate chips.

Drop cookies by rounded spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven. Edges should be golden brown.


  1. Yum, those both look amazing! I think I will have to make some later in the week. What was the verdict? Which one was better?! :)

  2. Your cookies look so pretty! It's hard to find the perfect chocolate chip cookie, but at least the search is a fun and delicious one!

  3. So many great looking chocolate chip cookies! The pudding sounds like an interesting addition.

  4. Mmmm chocolate chip cookies. Have you tried the Neiman Marcus recipe? That one is my current favourite. It's possible there's a better one out there for me but so far that one's it. Now I want to go try those Alton cookies too! :)

  5. YUM-O! I already have two fave chocolate chip recipes. One includes the pudding mix you mentioned and an entire tablespoon of baking soda. But, just might have to try these!

  6. Is there anything better than a good chocolate chip cookie? I think not! These look so tasty, I'm always up for trying new recipes!

  7. cutting back on the chocolate chips?? i'd be tarred and feathered if i tried to pull that off with my family! :)

  8. If you need help "testing" the recipes, I'm here! :)

    I think you'll love the post I'm preparing... I intend to publish it later today.

  9. damn! your BFCCCs look so much better than mine. why???????

  10. We all have our favorites don't we! I had to come up with a gluten free version at our house since I have a wheat allergy and they are GREAT! My husband is crazy for the best chocolate chip cookies!!

  11. I did try and like the BFCCC's but I LOOOOVE soft chewy choc-chip cookies and can't wait to try the soft cookie recipe- sounds delish!

  12. Yum. My favorite chocolate chip cookies use the recipe on the back of a bag or ghirardelli chips, but I'm always on the lookout for a new chewy cookie recipe.

  13. Hey thanks for stopping by my blog. Just wanted to say I am on a similar quest re: chocolate chip cookies (and adding these 2 to my to try pile) with similar complaints re: the next day quality. The 2 I have blogged about so far are here:

  14. I would also like a cookie that stays soft the next day. I used to work at Mrs. Fields in the days when they still mixed the dough on site. They publish the recipe all over, but one thing we did differently at the stores was to cook longer at a lower temp. So we would cook them at 280 until they were done. I think this is their real secret.

  15. wow, thanks for that great tip catherine! i'll have to try that next time...

  16. to make the cookies chewier, add a slice of soft bread to the bag/container you store them in, and overnight, the moisture from the bread will transfer to the cookies, leaving a stale piece of bread and fresh cookies!

  17. thanks angela! i have heard of keeping bread w/brown sugar to keep it moist, but had never heard of doing that with cookies! i'll have to give that a try next time :)

  18. I have tried the Best Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies twice and let me say..... AMAZING! I've tried sooo many different chocolate chip cookie recipes and this is my favorite now! It simply is the best. I made two batches for the 4th and not even one was left! Everybody loved them! Thanks for the recipe!

  19. thanks lisa! i'm so glad you found your favorite CC cookie recipe! :)

  20. I made your pudding mix cookies today and they were fantastic! thank you so much for the recipe.

  21. would it taste good to sort of combine the recipe and put 1 egg + 1 egg yolk in the second cookie? so that it combines the two's special features?

  22. Amanda, I'm not sure, but if you try it, please report back to me and let me know! :)