What Makes a Chocolate Chip Cookie?

If you are serious about your chocolate chip cookies, here are some tips to create the best chocolate chip cookie to fit your standards. I found mine!
My ideal chocolate chip cookie has a rich flavor, milk chocolate chunks, a crispy outer layer, and a chewy/gooey center. I also prefer my custom made cookies to be big and fat, but it's not entirely necessary. With that said, I found my perfect recipe with the addition of a few little tricks that aren't found in most recipes.

This is a big one. By refrigerating the dough the ingredients will "mature" and your resulting chocolate chip masterpiece will have a rich and bold flavor. I tested the recipe listed below at 24 hours of refrigeration and 96 hours or refrigeration (I went out of town and forgot!), and the 96 hour cookies were gone within a few hours. Ever notice how store bought cookie dough sits in the refrigerators forever?

Sprinkling some coarse salt on your cookie dough before the pan goes into the oven does wonders. Chocolate and salt are an amazing combination, and you don't need to add a lot notice. Salt's main role in the life of a chocolate chip cookie is to make it even more of a chocolate chip cookie... if that makes sense. Just try it.

Flour, butter, brown sugar, egg, vanilla, and chocolate are the main ingredients found in almost every basic chocolate chip cookie recipe:
-More flour creates a thicker cookie. Whole wheat flour makes a more flavorful and nuttier tasting cookie.
-More butter makes a thinner and crispier cookie.
-More brown sugar makes a chewier and more flavorful cookie.
-More sugar makes a crispier cookie.
-More egg makes a cakier or fluffy cookie.
-More vanilla make a flavorful cookie.
-For a gooey cookie, use big chunks of milk chocolate. Once it melts in your cookie it stays soft for a looonngg time. I chopped up a part of a Trader Joes Pound Plus of milk chocolate and it was perfect!
-For a rich flavor, you can use any chocolate from semi-sweet to dark dark chocolate depending on your taste. They will be gooey after coming out of the oven, but will likely harden within a few hours.

Baking Time
This is pretty simple: The longer you bake your cookies the crunchier they will be. I tested 10 minutes, 12 minutes, 15 minutes, and 18 minutes. Baking for 10-12 minutes make extra chewy gooey cookies long after they are out of the oven, but baking for 15-18 minutes create a perfect cookie if you love dunking crunchy cookies in milk.

I hope you find this information useful, I know I did!

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 3/4 sticks butter, softened
1 1/2 c brown sugar
1/4 c sugar
2 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 egg + 1 yolk
1 3/4 c flour
1/2 c whole wheat flour
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
As much chocolate as you feel necessary and chopped nuts if you want

-Combine the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until it is thoroughly combined and fluffy
-Add vanilla, egg, and egg yolk and mix well
-In a separate bowl combine the flours, salt, and baking soda, then gradually add to the butter mixture and combine well until a dough forms
-Add your chocolate chunks or chips and nuts, then cover and refrigerate for up to 96 hours!

Preheat to 350ยบ F

-When you are ready, scoop one inch balls of dough and spread out about 1 1/2 inches apart from each other on a baking sheet
-Sprinkle with coarse salt and bake for 10-18 minutes depending on your taste


Tina 7/24/11, 7:05 PM  

I had no idea all those different ingredients had different effects on the cookie! That's pretty awesome.

Marie-Claude 7/25/11, 10:45 AM  

My favorites! Thanks for the tips!

Cookie and Kate 7/30/11, 10:13 AM  

Thank you thank you thank you for the tips! Your cookie looks mighty perfect. I'm still hunting for the perfect whole wheat, dark chocolate chip cookie recipe. Your tips will surely help!


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