Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

Just like the name says, these cookies are perfect!  Perfect if you like your chocolate chip cookies thick, moist, and chewy with crisp edges and tons of chocolate chips. Browned butter and dark brown sugar combine to give these cookies an incredible toffee and butterscotch flavor.

One of the secrets to producing chewy cookies is to use melted butter. By melting and browning the butter, the flavor is enhanced and the final result are chewy cookies. The batter is whisked three separate times, allowing the sugars to fully dissolve and the flavors to meld before baking them. These oversized thick from the edge to the center cookies are exploding with chocolate rich chocolate chips. So what are you waiting for? Serve warm straight from the oven with a cold glass of milk! :)

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: 16 cookies

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (8 ¾ ounces)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
14 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 ¾ sticks), divided
1/2 cup granulated sugar (3 ½ ounces)
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar (5 ¼ ounces)
1 teaspoon table salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1 1/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and baking soda; set aside.
In a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat, melt 10 tablespoons of butter Continue cooking, swirling pan constantly until butter is dark golden brown and has nutty aroma, 1 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to a large heatproof bowl. Stir in remaining 4 tablespoons of butter into the hot butter until completely melted.
Add both sugars, salt, and vanilla to the butter and whisk until fully incorporated. Add egg and yolk and whisk until mixture is smooth, about 30 seconds. Let mixture stand 3 minutes, then whisk for 30 seconds. Repeat process of resting and whisking 2 more times until mixture is thick, smooth, and shiny. Stir in flour mixture until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips stirring until no flour pockets remain.
Divide dough into 16 portions, each about 3 tablespoons for each cookie. Roll into a ball and place on prepared baking sheets, spacing 2 inches apart.
Bake cookies 1 sheet at a time until cookies are golden brown and still puffy, and edges have begun to set but centers are still soft, 10 to 14 minutes. Transfer baking sheet to wire rack to cool completely before serving.

Recipe Note: add up to 3/4 cup toasted, chopped pecans or walnuts if desired

Source: Cook's Illustrated, May 2009

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29 Responses to “Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies”

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    Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide — October 19, 2011 @ 1:58 pm

    What am I waiting for indeed! Melted butter it is from now on.

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    Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — October 19, 2011 @ 2:00 pm

    I recently made these cookies too. Such a great recipe! Yours look perfect.

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    Bianca @Sweet Dreaming — October 19, 2011 @ 2:18 pm

    These look perfect!

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    Erin — October 19, 2011 @ 2:31 pm

    Your description of these cookies definitely matches my definition of a perfect cookie! I’ve never melted butter for a cookie before because I’ve always been under the impression that they would flatten out or be better for a bar cookie. I’ll have to try!

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    jennknee — October 19, 2011 @ 4:15 pm

    I believe you! These actually look perfect!!

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    ChgoJohn — October 19, 2011 @ 4:25 pm

    These do sound perfect, Christina, perfectly delicious! And my cookie jar became empty just yesterday. Imagine that!

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    Savory Simple — October 19, 2011 @ 6:05 pm

    Excellent techniques and a gorgeous cookie!

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    Reem | Simply Reem — October 20, 2011 @ 12:25 am

    Oh these really look perfect….
    Delicious and Cozy!!!

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    Bluejellybeans — October 20, 2011 @ 5:08 am

    I looove chocolate chips cookies and these look amazing.
    Can’t wait to try them at home.
    Thanks for sharing Christina.

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    The Café Sucré Farine — October 20, 2011 @ 7:00 am

    Oh my, I can almost smell the amazing aroma as these bake – which is making me drool a bit! Yummy!

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    Caroline — October 20, 2011 @ 12:33 pm

    Those really do look like the perfect cookie…yum!

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    Barbara — October 20, 2011 @ 2:08 pm

    There’s nothing better than a perfect chocolate chip cookie & a glass of milk!

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    Mari @ Mari's Cakes — October 20, 2011 @ 8:39 pm

    I love these!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — October 20, 2011 @ 9:07 pm

    Yummy! Love the idea of browned butter in the cookies, what a great flavor!

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    losangelas — October 22, 2011 @ 4:09 am

    yummy yummy, they look so tasty!

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    Lisa — October 25, 2011 @ 12:33 pm

    I made these — absolutely delicious! I love your blog! Can’t wait to make today’s cookies!

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    Jessica Cordell — October 25, 2011 @ 8:40 pm

    Just made these and they are delicious =)

    • Christina replied: — October 26th, 2011 @ 9:33 pm

      So glad to hear that you enjoyed them! :)

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    KatsHealthCorner — October 25, 2011 @ 10:37 pm

    Chocolate Chip Cookies are the BEST!

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    Carolyn — October 29, 2011 @ 5:53 am

    Those really do look like remarkably good CC cookies!

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    Dana — March 3, 2012 @ 7:12 pm

    Just made these with my kids. They look perfect.

    • Christina replied: — March 27th, 2012 @ 9:13 pm

      Dana,
      I am so happy to hear you enjoyed the cookies! :)

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    Faith — October 12, 2012 @ 5:00 pm

    This batter has become my new _____chip cookie staple! The base has so much flavor and texture that you can mix almost anything with it! My current fave is salted roasted pecans and butterscotch chips- perfect for fall! Thank you so much for posting!

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    Erin — March 1, 2013 @ 5:35 pm

    These are such astonishing cookies. I am a teacher and one of my students brought these to class. I insisted she give me the recipe, and then I made them again for the family. Wow.

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    Angie — July 5, 2013 @ 6:15 pm

    I didn’t think it was possible to fall in love with chocolate chip cookies again…. Until I made this recipe. Oh sweet heaven are they good! And not too sweet! This is definitely my go to recipe for the rest of my life… So good!!!

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