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My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies
How could it have been almost 2 years since I've shared a chocolate chip cookie recipe here with all of you. A couple of years back I shared a browned butter and molasses chocolate chip cookie recipe. It was the cookie of the summer. It was a recipe that was baked over and over again.



And then it stopped. The chocolate chip cookie madness came to a crashing halt and mysteriously, I wasn't asked to bake chocolate chip cookies again for a long time. My mom is usually the one that gets the request. They're her baking thing and I let her impress us with her perfect cookies. Recently the kids have been asking them to be packed in their lunch as a snack. Sure, they have rows and rows of prepackaged cookies at the grocery store. They are convenient but there is no comparison to making your own  cookies.

When you see how easy it is to make your own cookies, it will be hard for you to ever buy another pack at the store. Takes just minutes to whip up and a really short time to bake. They could quite possibly be the perfect answer to those chocolate cravings that plague you occasionally. Doesn't everyone crave a great chocolate chip cookie sometimes?

My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

I ran out of chocolate chips and used chocolate disks (it's much prettier to call them fèves”like the French do). Since I had two different chips, some of the cookies formed little faces...like the one below in this photo. There is even a little dot making the nose.  A little freaky, but we ate that one too!
My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies
 

In researching different recipes to try, I kept coming across an old recipe on Smitten Kitchen. I sometimes make the NY Times very famous recipe. That recipe happens to also be a great one. I really liked the Smitten recipe and changed it just a little bit. I used bread flour instead of all-purpose and used a little less sugar and less chips. I know the best part of their recipe is the overabundance of chips. For my taste, one cup of chips was plenty. I omitted the nuts. For myself, I would've kept them in. I'll just have to bake another batch just for me with the nuts. There was definitely a good portion of chocolate in each and every bite. The texture is soft and chewy. There are those that only like soft cookies and those die-hard fans of flat and crunchy cookies. I could go in either direction. But at this point in my baking adventures, these are hands down, my favorite cookies.

My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies
A soft and chewy chocolate chip cookie made with bread flour.
My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies
by Savoring Italy
Keywords: bake dessert cookie

Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cups bread flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Instructions
Adjust the oven rack to the top third of the oven and preheat to 300F. Line three baking sheets with parchment paper.

With the paddle attachment attached, beat the sugars and butters together until smooth. Beat in the egg, vanilla, baking powder and baking soda.

In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and salt. On low speed, mix the flour into the batter in 3 portions. Stop the mixer and scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula after every addition of the flour. On low speed, mix in the chocolate chips.

Chill the dough for about 20 minutes, then scoop onto parchment-lined baking sheets

Scoop the cookie dough into 2-tablespoon balls and place 8 balls, spaced 4 inches apart, on each of the baking sheets.

Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown, checking the cookies after 10 minutes. Rotate the baking sheet for even browning. Cool completely and store in an airtight container.

Notes
slightly adapted from Smitten Kitchen

20 comments

  1. I haven't met a chocolate chip cookie that I didn't like (except for packaged ones). Yours look wonderful Lora, love the "personalities"!

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  2. Who doesn't love chocolate cookies!! These look divine, Lora.

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  3. These cookies look irresistible! I'm glad you returned to the world chocolate chip cookies. :D

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  4. Marnely Rodriguez-MurrayMay 20, 2013 at 6:21 AM

    Saving this recipe, looks like a classic!

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  5. Any left overs for my breakfast? These look amazing, Lora!

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  6. I love a good chocolate chip cookie and these look wonderful, Lora. I need to add this to my cookie repertoire. :)

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  7. Look at that gooey chocolate, I love the discs! :)

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  8. I love chocolate chip cookies, I could go for a dozen of these right now!!

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  9. I would have never thought to use bread flour inside of all-purpose and I like that you cut back on the sugar and the chocolate. The cookies turned out great as in evident in your wonderful photos.

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  10. Hi, Lora. I, too, make the famour NYT choco chip cookie recipe. They actually have two - David Leite's and Jacques Torres'. Jacques Torres' is my default recipe - it's just that good and always reliable! Next time, I will try your / Smitten Kitchen's recipe to compare!

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  11. I can never have enough chocolate chip cookie recipes! These look perfect!

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  12. LOVE a great chocolate chip recipe and yours is just that! I bet your house smelled AMAZING and these did not last long. Smile.

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  13. Love a classic chocolate chip cookie - funny we both make them in the same week!

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  14. I think I must have been baking your share of chocolate chip cookies...I have to keep trying new recipes to keep the family (and blog) happy...but they are happy with the Nestles tollhouse recipe that I have had memorized for decades :/ I need to make yours next...they look fantastic.

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  15. Lora, the second pic broke my heart. Who took that bite? he/she must have enjoyed it! I wish I can get my hand on one right now :)

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  16. I finally put a recipe on the site for brownies a long time ago, but I still don't have one for chocolate chip cookies. Maybe I'll make your recipe. These look perfect with lots of chocolate chips. I bet they didn't last long in your house. :-)

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  17. My chocolate chip cookie baking madness cames to a screeching halt when the last of my three kids moved out of the house!!!! Then came the grand kids and more cookie baking madness, don't you just love it? Your chocolate chip cookies look absolutely yummy delicious!

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  18. Oh, interesting! I thought for sure it'd just be another repost of the NYT recipe. Which I love. And deserves all the reposts. :) But I'm happy to see a different version which I haven't tried yet so thanks for sharing!

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  19. I'm always searcing for the perfect chocolate chip cookie..and the NY Times cookie is pretty close, although I reduce the amount of chocolate disks or chips too...after several people said "Can I have some cookie with my chocolate?" lol. I love that you reduced the sugar too! Will give these a try..they look perfect! xo

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  20. Girl, you haven't made CCC in that long?! I'm glad you broke the streak! I love having frozen dough so that I can make myself a cookie whenever I want (SOOOOO dangerous but also brilliant). I'm on a mission to find the ultimate CCC recipe so I'm pinning this to make. They look amazing, especially with the freaky lil faces ;)

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