I once thought that all chocolate chip cookies were created equal. I now know the foolishness of that idea. There are a huge variety of these delicious cookies out there, and they all have their own slight differences and claim to be ‘the best’. I am a sucker for these classic cookies, so I figured it would be a good excuse to try a bunch of different ones in the name of research. First up – Good Thing’s Catered “The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies”
Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
adapted from America’s Test Kitchen
2 cups plus 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
12 Tbsp (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted & cooled until warm
1 c brown sugar, packed
1/2 c granulated sugar
1 large egg plus 1 yolk
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
-Adjust oven racks to upper and lower -middle positions & heat oven to 325. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
-Whisk dry ingredients together; set aside.
-With electric mixer, or by hand, mix butter & sugars until thoroughly combined.
-Beat in egg, yolk and vanilla until combined.
-Add dry ingredients & beat at low speed just until combined. Stir in chips.
-Roll scant 1/2 cup dough into ball. Holding dough ball in fingertips of both hands, pull into 2 equal halves. Rotate halves 90 degrees and, with jagged surfaces facing up, place formed dough onto cookie sheet, leaving ample room between each ball.
-Bake, reversing position of cookie sheets halfway through baking, until cookies are light golden brown and outer edges start to harden yet centers are still soft & puffy. (I put in only one rack at a time, and cooked them for 15 minutes each)
-Cool cookies on sheets until able to lift without breaking and place on wire rack to cool.
They said it makes about 24 – I actually got about 30 out of my dough.
My rating for these cookies was good, they were delicious and crisp on the outside when I took them out of the oven. I am unconvinced that these are the “BEST” ever, but they are definitely high on my list. I give them a 3 out of 5 rating.