Ultimate Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe By Tessa Arias
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March 8th, 2017
4.78 from 75 votes
4.78 from 75 votes

Ultimate CHEWY Chocolate Chip Cookies are big, thick, chewy, soft in the middle, crisp at the edges, and loaded with chocolate chips!  Download my FREE Cookie Customization Guide!

Yield: 24 large cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook: 12 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: Big butterscotch flavor without being too sweet. These cookies taste like what you imagine a chocolate chip cookie should taste like!
Texture: The best part! These babies are big, thick, super chewy yet soft on the inside and crisp at the edges. When they’re fresh from the oven the chocolate is all warm and gooey. Perfection!!!
Ease: Very easy, though I do use two different flours and there is a chilling period so patience is involved. You can make a double batch, shape the dough into balls, then freeze the balls. Defrost and bake when the cookie craving comes!
Appearance: A stack of these cookies would turn anyone into the cookie monster.
Pros: My all time favorite cookie recipe.
Cons: None.
Would I make this again? A thousand times yes, I’ve made this recipe a handful of times already and have extra dough stashed in the freezer at all times.

I‘m super duper excited to share with you my version of the Ultimate Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies complete with a video to show you exactly how they’re made.

This is a perfect recipe to learn some of the basics of the science of baking because with cookies it’s so easy to see how different tweaks impact the final result!

If you’re anything like the hundreds of people who have taste tested and tried this recipe, you’re going to love it! (Just read some of the comments below!)

ULTIMATE Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Be sure to check out my Ultimate Guide to Chocolate Chip Cookies before you make these!

Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies are big, thick, chewy, soft in the middle, crisp at the edges, and chock full of chocolate chips!

You may be asking yourself, what makes this recipe the “ultimate?” Well, let me tell you. I’ll start with flavor because these cookies have HUGE butterscotch flavor and that is exactly what I adore in a chocolate chip cookie. Beyond the flavor is the texture, which is nothing short of incredible.

These cookies have my version of the ultimate texture combination: thick, super chewy, soft and a little gooey in the middle, crisp and slightly crunchy at the edges, with ooey chocolate chips throughout. Does anything get better than that? I don’t think so. I would want these cookies to be a part of my last meal on earth, that’s how much I love them!

How to Make Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Do you remember my Ultimate Guide to Chocolate Chip Cookies Part 1 and Part 2? That is where I discovered ALL the secrets to making my version of the best chocolate chip cookie.

This recipe utilizes half bread flour which lends chewiness to the cookies. It also uses a bunch of brown sugar which lends that butterscotch flavor and thick and soft texture. The extra egg yolk in this recipe also helps keep these cookies soft yet chewy and adds richness in flavor.

You can think of the 24 – 72 hour chilling period as a “marinating” period. The flavors intensify and the texture will become thicker and chewier. It’s pretty amazing.

Do I really need to use bread flour?

You don’t absolutely HAVE to use bread flour, but it adds a ton of chewy texture to these cookies that’s worth the extra trip to the store. If you can’t get bread flour, then use all AP flour.

Do I really need to chill the dough?

The last key element is the 24 to 72 hour chilling period which is a huge pain in the butt, I know, but it is so completely worth it. The flavor and texture only improves as the dough chills, promise! If you’re absolutely strapped for time, you can bake off some cookies as soon as the dough is done. But I’d definitely encourage you to try chilling and see all the wonders it works on your dough 🙂

Once the dough has chilled, allow it to sit at room temperature just long enough so that you can scoop it. The colder the dough, the thicker the cookies!

How to make beautiful chocolate chip cookies

I hope you make these cookies soon!

Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies are big, thick, chewy, soft in the middle, crisp at the edges, and chock full of chocolate chips!

Step by Step Video


If you want to watch me demonstrate how to make this cookie dough LIVE, with all of my scientific explanations, tips, and tricks, check out this live Facebook video I did a while back!

More Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes:

See ALL of my chocolate chip cookie recipes + tips & insights into the SCIENCE of cookie baking here!

4.78 from 75 votes

How to make
Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: 24 large cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Ultimate CHEWY Chocolate Chip Cookies are big, thick, chewy, soft in the middle, crisp at the edges, and loaded with chocolate chips!  Download my FREE Cookie Customization Guide!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups (191 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups (159 grams) bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 sticks (227 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups (247 grams) lightly packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 2 cups (340 grams) semi sweet chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line baking sheets with nonstick baking mats or parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer beat the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until creamy, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla Gradually beat in the flour mixture. Stir in the chocolate chips. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 24 hours but no more than 72 hours.
  4. Let dough sit at room temperature just until it is soft enough to scoop. Divide the dough into 3-tablespoon sized balls and drop onto prepared baking sheets.
  5. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

This recipe was originally published October 2013 and recently updated with more baking tips and new photos. Photos by Constance Higley.

Tessa Arias

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I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    jo — September 6, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Jackie – it means both baking powder and baking soda. Click the link right under that photo.

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    April — September 6, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Hey there. I have a question 🙂
    If I want to make those flat ‘both’ cookies, do I follow the ultimate cookie recipe and just add the’both’ segments of baking soda and baking powder and just not put in the refrigerator for 24 hours? Or what? What about chilling those? Thank you.

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    Barb — September 6, 2014 at 8:33 am

    I enjoyed the Ultimate Guide Pts 1 & 2, and I have actually included them in a 9th Grade Chemistry unit on the Chemistry of Cooking. The kids usually go home and try (or have mom try) the version they think they would like the best. I’ll have to try this recipe, but so far my favorite is your melted butter variation.

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    Jackie — September 5, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    I’d like to make the cookies in the photo labeled “both”. I don’t know what “both” means, can you help?

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    jo — September 4, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    This website is referenced in an article about cookies:

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/09/04/345530660/the-science-behind-baking-your-ideal-chocolate-chip-cookie?sc=tw

    with this curious suggestion:
    Ooey-gooey: Add 2 cups more flour.

    We’re all wondering if that could possibly be correct! Can you offer any clarification?

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      Tessa — September 5, 2014 at 9:01 am

      Hmm strange! I really don’t know what they’re talking about there! They pulled some info and pictures from my site but it’s all their interpretation and I wasn’t actually interviewed so unfortunately I can’t provide an answer for that. I can provide you with my cookie troubleshooting guide which I think you’ll find helpful: https://handletheheat.com/ultimate-cookie-troubleshooting-guide/

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    Mo — September 4, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    I LOVE chocolate chip cookies but I have high cholesterol same time. Is there any way to substitute butter with any none cholesterol oil. I understand quality will not be the same but I take it any time for not having chocolate chip cookies at all.

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    Camila — September 4, 2014 at 7:40 am

    Hello, I am from Brazil and we don’t have all the flour variatons you have in the USA. So, how can I substitute the bread flour? Thanks! :*

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      Tessa — September 5, 2014 at 9:07 am

      I’m not sure what’s available in Brazil but you can use regular all-purpose flour, or any kind of higher protein flour.

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    Savanah — September 2, 2014 at 6:32 am

    I just have to say thank you! I don’t generally comment on recipes, but these were absolutely, positively perfect. It will be my go-to cookie recipe for years to come. It was everything I’d hoped for and more. I bake a lot, and always look for the ONE recipe that I can write down in a safe place, and keep going back to. This is THE perfect chocolate chip cookie, the one my kids are going to grow up eating. Thank you, thank you, and thank you again!

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      Tessa — September 2, 2014 at 1:49 pm

      Thank you so much! I’m thrilled to hear you love the recipe.

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    Sally — August 20, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Hi Tessa,

    I really loved loved this article. I will try your version of chocolate chip cookies very soon. I made some only a couple days ago and for some reason they turned out extremely puffy and cakey. In fact the picture you have of the cookie that had “more flour” is exactly how they turned out. The recipe I used was:

    https://sites.google.com/site/cookhackerrecipes/perfect-chocolate-chip-cookies

    I would love for my cookies to turn out the way yours did. I want them to be flat, thin but chewy and to spread. Can you please give me some insight into the recipe i used and why my cookies turned out so puffy and didn’t spread? Your expertise will be greatly appreciated. Interestingly enough the recipe I used was titled “perfect chocolate chip cookies”.

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      Tessa — August 20, 2014 at 10:57 am

      Hi Sally! Thanks for your comment. Looking at the recipe it seems as though it may be something that happened in your kitchen because I know that recipe to be quite a great one. Please check out my recently published cookie troubleshooting guide, I think you’ll find it useful! https://handletheheat.com/ultimate-cookie-troubleshooting-guide/

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    Audra — August 14, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    I made these last night for a friend. I had to make a lot so I doubled the recipe. I waited about 12 hours before I cooked them. But when I did……. Oh my goodness. These are the perfect chocolate chip cookies! I also agree that The bread flour is a must. Thanks for sharing such a great recipe.

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      Tessa — August 14, 2014 at 3:11 pm

      Thank you so much Audra! I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe.

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    Michelle — August 14, 2014 at 12:43 am

    Best cookied ever! Thanks so much for sharing. Have you ever made these cookies into ice cream sandwiches? Do you know if they freeze well? I’d assume with the softer texture they’d be perfect, but would love your thoughts.

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      Tessa — August 14, 2014 at 7:44 am

      Thanks Michelle! I actually have a specific chocolate chip cookie recipe from my cookbook that I use for ice cream sandwiches, but these would be great too!

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    Kaitlyn — August 7, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    I would love to add/incorporate peanut butter to this recipe, any suggestions?
    Thanks 🙂

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    Payton — August 7, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    I usually don’t leave comments but these cookies were perfect for me. Followed your recipe exactly. Produced chewy, crispy edged cookies. Have you tried browning one of the sticks of butter? That would make it over the top! Thanks for the recipe

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    MojoMom — July 20, 2014 at 9:32 am

    HI Tessa! What kind of cookie sheet do you use? I have some air-insulated sheets and I am wondering if they are helpful or harmful to the cause of making great cookies. I am going to invest in a Silpat non-stick mat, and want to make sure that while I am making that upgrade, I am using the right kind of baking sheet to try out your gorgeous recipe.

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    George — June 25, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Thank you for all the hard work with experimenting with the different variations in your 3 part series.

    I happen to prefer my sweets with a bit of a salty disposition. So I usually add 20-30% more salt while using a larger crystal, ie kosher vs fine crystals. Because of the size of the crystal the cookie itself isn’t salty, rather you get bursts of salty goodness as you chew. Additionally, I find that the extra salt actually quenches my sweet tooth faster so I am less likely to overindulge (not that there is anything wrong with that!).

    One other variation I do is use brown butter. Most recipes I have found that use it call for it to be in a cool but liquid state (probably for time sake). I like to chill my brown butter in the fridge for at least 6 hours to let it re-solidify and I use it like regular chilled butter that is then softened and creamed with the sugar(s). I find that you get a huge dose of caramel, toffee and butterscotch flavors from this while maintaining the texture you get with chilled butter (vs melted butter).

    A question, have you found that the quality of the butter matters? Store brand vs premium (ie Kerrygold Irish butter)

    I have tried your recipe and it is one of the best I’ve had. Again thank you for the time you took to step through all those iterations. My next task is to try your recipe with my variations!

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      Tessa — June 26, 2014 at 1:09 pm

      Thanks for detailing your experiences with cookie baking! Love the browned butter. I haven’t done any specific testing with store brand vs. premium butters for cookies but have used various brands and haven’t noticed enough of a difference to make it worth spending the extra money on a premium brand. The difference is more obvious in other recipes (cakes, frostings, etc.).

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    Linda Craig — June 23, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Hi Tessa,

    Reading your three part series has been such fun & a great learning experience. Thank you so much for your hard work.

    I read you are not a fan of nuts & have not worked with them. I still want to ask as I love nuts. Would you alter the recipe to accommodate?

    Thank you!

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      Tessa — June 23, 2014 at 8:14 pm

      Thanks!! I think you should be fine just adding them directly in without altering the recipe 🙂

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    Jennifer — June 15, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    I just made them and they were delicious, but a tad too sweet. I was wondering if I could lower the amount of sugar and still achieve the same crisp edge and chewy center. Have you tried lowering the amount of sugar? Thanks, this truly is the ultimate chocolate chip cookie, the best I’ve found.

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      Tessa — June 16, 2014 at 3:22 pm

      The sugar definitely helps to create the lovely texture. I haven’t tried lowering the amount, but you might be able to get away with reducing it by 1/4 cup.

  18. #
    Robert — June 10, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    What would you change for a high altitude version, I am at about 5000 feet above sea level. Thanks! Can not wait to try these!!

  19. #
    Mary Beth Elderton — June 10, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    O.M.Gee! These are the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever tasted. I made the dough yesterday to let it refrigerate overnight. I made the cookies today. These are amazing! Thank You!

    • #
      Tessa — June 10, 2014 at 3:28 pm

      Thank you for your sweet comment! I’m ecstatic you love the recipe 🙂

  20. #
    Gay — June 7, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Just made these yesterday. They are the best chocolate chip cookies ever! I will throw away my other choc. chip recipe. 🙂 Thanks!

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      Tessa — June 10, 2014 at 3:33 pm

      Haha thank you!! 🙂

  21. #
    Lisa N. — June 5, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    What is your favorite brand of chocolate chips?

  22. #
    nita — June 2, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    hi there,
    can you tell me what weight is 2 sticks of butter please??
    Also is all purpose flour plain flour??
    thankyou

  23. #
    dana — May 24, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Hey, my cookies have come out of the oven and they are quite thickm and puffy. Also once they have cooled down, they are still really soft, like it is a cake texture inside inatead of a cookie. What should I do ????

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      Tessa — May 24, 2014 at 1:55 pm

      Were the cookies still hot when you tasted? They’ll get chewier as they cool. It sounds like you may have over-beaten the butter and sugar… this recipe is definitely not cakey!

  24. #
    Dana — May 24, 2014 at 6:32 am

    hi…. my dough before it went into the fridge is really soft and gooey like. is that ok ?

  25. #
    Lindsey — May 19, 2014 at 6:11 am

    Hi Tessa! can i use all purpose flour for the bread flour

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      Tessa — May 19, 2014 at 8:22 am

      Yes you can, though the bread flour really helps make these cookies chewy and wonderful.

  26. #
    Taylor — May 19, 2014 at 6:02 am

    OMG that is exactly how I like my CCC!!! This is THE recipe! I’ve found many recipes only focusing on texture but paid no attention to the gooeyness or flavor of the cookie. THANK YOU SOOO MUCH!! And what do you mean by culinary grad? Does that mean you went to a culinary school?

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      Tessa — May 19, 2014 at 8:22 am

      YAY!!! Love this comment 🙂 And yes, I went to culinary school.

  27. #
    PFC — April 8, 2014 at 7:09 am

    I tried this recipe last weekend !
    It makes 20 cookies with me , however they were the BEST COOKIES EVER!

    Everyone loved them!

    Thank you so much for sharing this AMAZING recipe.

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      Tessa — April 10, 2014 at 10:16 pm

      Yay! Thanks for sharing your experience 🙂

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    Andy — April 4, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Hi Tessa. I just wanted to thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe. I had to convert everything to metric weights and search for appropriate flour types, since I’m from Germany and they are a little different here. We also don’t have packed brown sugar so I used the normal brown cane sugar. The result was fantastic!! Everyone that I shared them with couldn’t get enough of them, they taste so great. Heres a picture of my cookies fresh out of the oven: https://www.dropbox.com/s/vn7cum2m2n0l3gd/IMG_1853.JPG
    I’ll have to bake them again soon 😀 Greetings from Germany

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      Tessa — April 6, 2014 at 4:52 pm

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment and for sharing your photo! I love it!! I’m so happy everything turned out well in your German kitchen. Yay!

  29. #
    Sching — March 31, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Thanks for the tips Tessa. I will persevere and try them again until they look like yours in the photo!

  30. #
    Sching — March 31, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Hi Tessa,
    I made these cookies twice. Following the chilling in the fridge, temperature of the butter, using bread flour etc…. but somehow the cookies are not as chewy and soft as you have them. They get really puffy though and the inside texture looks very “bready” and crumbly. I wonder what i have done wrong. I baked them for 15 mins.
    Could I have overbaked them ? The taste was still great though, not too sweet.

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      Tessa — March 31, 2014 at 11:17 am

      It sounds like you may have used too much flour. Be sure if you’re using volume cup measurements that you avoid compacting the flour into the cup – instead spoon the flour into the cup then sweep off the excess. OR better yet, use a scale the measure the weight of the flour (ounces listed in recipe). You may also try shaving a minute or two from the cooking time to achieve a more ooey gooey center. Hope that’s helpful!

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    Saira — March 27, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Thanks Tessa,
    You helped me a lot. I’m not a baker but love to bake & I learn from friends & net. Your blog is so helpful esp the video so that way I can get a rough idea how everything looks like when you blend & mix. Thanks again, I’ll let you know how my cookies turned out after 24 hrs chill. I’m hoping to have a wonderful result, I have tried many recipes & I’m not giving up esp after seeing your post & I had bread flour since I bought for NY Times CCC. Wish me luck! Your pictures are simply stunning.

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    Saira — March 27, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    I followed your recipe & I’m hoping to have cookies like yours. I followed the NY Times recipe but my dough balls didn’t spread much for some reason & I had to use the back of spoon to flatten them since no one likes a puffed up blob of sugary bundle, LOL. I like my cookies the way yours are. Any idea why my cookies (following NY Times Recipe) didn’t spread much. THANKS!

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      Tessa — March 27, 2014 at 2:03 pm

      When cookies don’t spread it can be caused by a few things:

      1. Too much flour. Make sure you’re not packing your measuring cups with flour, spoon the flour into the measuring cup. OR better yet, weigh your flour.
      2. Dough is too cold. Since I know that recipes requires the dough to chill, you may want to let it come to room temperature before baking so it will spread more.
      3. Your oven is too hot. Cookies baked at a higher temperature spread less. Try using an oven thermometer to test your oven’s accuracy and adjust if necessary. Many ovens are off by 20+ degrees!

      Hope that helps!

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    Ed — March 21, 2014 at 6:31 am

    Hi Tessa~

    I’m always looking for a great CCC recipe. I’ve been using the one from America’s Test Kitchen (look it up) and they are phenomenal. I can’t wait to try yours, but I’m not a big fan of butterscotch. Your recipe is similar, except they melt the butter (almost brown it). I don’t do that, as it tastes too peanut-buttery for me. I just barely melt it. I also use 1/2 dark brown and 1/4 light brown sugars, not all 3/4 dark brown.

    Anyway, what makes yours taste like butterscotch do you think? You don’t melt/brown your butter and that’s the only thing I can think of that would lead to a butterscotch flavor.

    Thanks!
    Ed

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      Tessa — March 23, 2014 at 9:13 am

      Hi Ed! The high proportion of brown sugar definitely lends some butterscotch flavor (in addition to moist chewiness) which is enhanced by the minimum 24 hour dough chill. During the time the dough is in the fridge the sugar can really dissolve and the butterscotch flavor develops. The chill also improves the texture. You might consider baking the dough right after it’s made or use a shorter chill time to avoid that butterscotch flavor. However, doing so may sacrifice some of the great texture. Hope that’s helpful!

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    Irma H. — March 17, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    I LOVE both tests!!……we need a 3 and 4th!!.I love chocolate chip cookies but i must watch my cholesterol intake ( doctors orders). I prefer cookies with a texture similar to the ‘ultimate chocolate chip cookies’ above and I always add walnuts. How can I accomplish this without sacrifizing texture and flavor too much. Less butter or fat, using spreads or margarine etc. Or less egg and egg replacement together etc. Thaks in advance. I am hooked on this blog,love the tips and comments from other people too.

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      Tessa — March 17, 2014 at 4:58 pm

      Thanks! You know, I’m really not a fan of nuts in cookies so this is something I don’t have much experience with. I think you’re heading in the right direction with lowering the fat content of the dough since the walnuts are quite oily themselves. I hope you get to experiment with this a little! Let us know if you find a good compromise.

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    Tara — March 16, 2014 at 9:57 am

    I see a couple people have asked if there can be a substitution for the bread flour, I am curious as well. What is the benefit of using the bread flour, what could be substituted and in what way would the resulting cookie be different?

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    kim — March 11, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Tessa,
    Thanks for your wonderful post! I’ve been trying to make the “ultimate chocolate chip cookies” for some time now but hasn’t gotten it right yet. But now, thanks to your post, I will try it again!
    My question is: if I’d like to add oatmeal to this recipe, but without altering its chewiness, how would you make your recommendation?

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    Matt — March 8, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    I’m trying to lose ten pounds right now. I happened upon your article, though. The pics of those cookies and your mouth-watering descriptions are driving me NUTS! I too tried tweaking recipes and experimenting. I came up with one incredible batch-but forgot to write down what I had done. So I hope to recover the secret to the perfect batch with your recipe. By the time I’d finished reading I thought to myself, “I bet the author is a tub of lard!” But doesn’t look like it from the picture. Thanks for the tips. Mmmmm…can’t wait to try out your recipe. Meanwhile I’m going to cry my way through the rest of the day as I try to lose weight. Boo hoo hoo hoo. Got to go work out…

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    Rose — February 25, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Hi Tessa,

    I’m planning on making this recipe, but how would I the cookies after I baked them? And I I planned on freezing the dough, do I shape them prior to freezing? And when I want to bake them can I just bake them straight away or do I have to let it thaw,

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      Tessa — February 25, 2014 at 10:01 pm

      I think you’re missing a crucial word in your first sentence so I’m not entirely sure what you’re asking. To freeze the dough, shape the dough into balls, place on a sheet, and freeze until firmed. Then remove the frozen dough balls to an airtight container and store in the freezer until ready to use. I like to take out my frozen cookie dough balls and let them sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes before baking, adding on an additional minute or 2 of baking time.

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    Elaine — January 18, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Your cookies look great! I can’t wait to try the recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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    Ellie — January 1, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Hi! I have just baked the cookies and although the are delicious they have turned out more like little cakes rather than cookies. Have you any idea what I’m doing wrong?. I followed the instructions and chilled the dough for 48 hours. Any guidance would be much appreciated. Ellie

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      Tessa — January 3, 2014 at 9:16 am

      It sounds like you may have over-beaten the butter and sugar. If you make cookies again, try to beat for 2 minutes, not a second longer. Beating the butter and sugar incorporates air into the dough and too much beating can make it light and cakey instead of chewy. Good luck!

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    Carlee — December 26, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    I was also wondering about the bread flour, I had trouble finding that exact type of flour. Is this the same as pastry flour? Any suggestions for substitutions?

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    Irene Fonseca — December 2, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    I never buy bread flour. Can it be substituted or will it effect the cookie?Thank you.

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    Lama — November 28, 2013 at 8:35 am

    How many gram is the butter stick that you are using? Thanks

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    Rachel — November 22, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Tessa,
    After reading your cookie test posts, I realized that we have the same checklist for the Ultimate CC cookie! I just wanted to let you know that in your recipie, you’ve listed Vanilla extract and baking powder in the ingredient list, but in the actual instructions they aren’t included anywhere. It may be nice to fix it for beginner bakers 🙂

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      Tessa — November 22, 2013 at 8:26 pm

      Thanks for pointing that out – fixed!

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    Jaclyn — November 20, 2013 at 10:04 am

    I made these last night and baked them off this morning. They are beyond good! So soft, but also chewy. YUM

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    Samantha — November 8, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Tess,
    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! The cookies are heaven, soft & chewy in the middle but crunchy on the outside. A bonus: Huge & just the right thickness. I couldn’t wait for 24hr 😀 I baked a dozen for samples and froze the other two dozens in the freezer. I can’t wait until tomorrow. How can they be any better! Wish I know how to attach a picture I took of the cookie next to a quarter.
    I made some minor adjustment to the recipe. Instead of butter, I had used 2cups of room temperature organic coconut oil & added chopped pecans/walnuts & unsweetened coconut flakes.
    Thanks again for the sharing this WONDERFUL recipe!!

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      Tessa — November 10, 2013 at 7:02 pm

      I’m so excited you enjoyed the recipe. Good to know that coconut oil works! Thanks for your comment.

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    Mindy — November 6, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Thanks! I must say even though these are a little undercooked. They are, by far, the best choco chip I’ve tasted!

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      Tessa — November 10, 2013 at 7:04 pm

      Yay! I like my cookies to be slightly gooey in the center but if you prefer them to be more cooked, go ahead and add a minute or two to the baking time!

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    Mindy — November 5, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    I’m actual using a stone. Would that cause them to cook faster on the outside? I guess I will try a different pan with the rest of the dough.

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      Tessa — November 5, 2013 at 5:51 pm

      It’s possible. I would definitely try out a different pan! Also, you may consider investing in an oven thermometer. It seriously can make a world of difference to know what temperature your oven is actually at when baking!

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    Mindy — November 5, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Any idea why my cookies aren’t cooking evenly? The outside seems to be browning but the inside is raw. The dough has been chilled. I even tried lowering the ovens temp. Seems like this happens with all my chocolate chip cookies! :-/ they taste really good though!

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      Tessa — November 5, 2013 at 2:29 pm

      Are you using a nonstick pan? Sometimes the dark coating can cause the bottoms and edges to cook quicker and even burn.

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    Allie — October 30, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Chocolate chip cookies are my weakness! Cannot wait to try these : ) Thanks for the recipe!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — October 30, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    They’re gorgeous, Tessa! So many choc chip cookie recipes I want to try and this one is now one of them! Pinned!

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    Kikeena — October 28, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    I noticed you provided weight for some of your ingredients. I love in Australia and our cup measurements are different. I’d love to get the recipe exactly right cause it looks so fantastic. Would you be able to supply the weights of the ingredients?

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      Tessa — October 29, 2013 at 3:50 pm

      Hi Kikeena! I think beyond the flour weights which are already provided, you would only need to know that the recipe calls for 8 ounces or 227 grams of butter. I believe Australian and U.S. cup volume measurements are basically the same, perhaps a negligible difference.

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — October 28, 2013 at 11:15 am

    I want these so badly I could cry.

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    Susana — October 27, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Love loved your cookie experiment testing flour, egg(s), etc. and this one is a winner! My new go to. While my logical side can understand the refridge time, honestly, my taste buds didn’t notice enough of a difference to offset the mild inconvience-I had baked a couple out of the batch before putting them in the refridge. Has anyone mentioned a couple of the ingredient omissions in the instructions? A novice may have a challenge and not notice. Keep up the good work and love the test experiment postings!

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    Lauren — October 24, 2013 at 5:59 am

    Thank you! I think that I have used recipes that said melted butter and not room temperature. Maybe that was it. I really appreciate your help and am anxious to try these over the weekend.!

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    Tina @ Tina’s Chic Corner — October 23, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Love love love! I can never resist a chocolate chip cookie and these look a-maz-ing. Soft and chewy are my fav. 🙂

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    Lauren — October 23, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    I am wondering about the butter. Every time I try to make cookies with butter, they end up flat and too crispy no matter how awesome they look on the recipe photo. Yours don’t look flat at all either. This recipe sounds great but I am worried about the butter. Could I be doing something wrong? Can shortening be sub’d?

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      Tessa — October 23, 2013 at 7:58 pm

      Hmm it sounds like your butter may be too warm. The butter should be at a COOL room temperature. It should give slightly when you press your thumb into the stick of butter but not be super greasy and your finger shouldn’t be able to easily slide through the entire stick. If you follow this recipe, your dough should be relatively cold when it goes into the oven because it’s been chilled for a long period of time, this will help make the cookies thick. If you’d like, you can use half shortening half butter. Also avoid using cooking spray, that can cause the cookies to spread.

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    Ada ~ More Food, Please — October 23, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Yummy! I love how you experimented with all the different factors to come up with the ultimate chocolate cookie. I will be making these very soon! Thanks for sharing your recipe 😀

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    Holly — October 23, 2013 at 9:45 am

    24 hours in the frig sounds like torture! How bad would it be to skip that step?

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      Tessa — October 23, 2013 at 7:55 pm

      I know it requires a lot of willpower but it really does improve the taste and texture!! You can skip it, the cookies will still be delicious. I would suggest you make the dough, bake off enough cookies to satisfy your craving, chill the remaining dough, then bake off the chilled dough to see if it makes enough of a difference for you to be willing to wait!

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    Yael — October 23, 2013 at 7:06 am

    These look AAAAMAZING! But here’s my question….. will they be as good if made in smaller size? (I don’t like to give kids such giant cookies.) And how do they taste a day (or two) after baking? See, I have found the NYT CCC to be fabulous – on baking day- but not so good a day later.

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      Tessa — October 23, 2013 at 7:33 am

      You could definitely do a smaller size, just shave the baking time by a minute or two. They remain soft and chewy even days after baking, however I prefer freshly baked cookies still warm from the oven so I just freeze the balls of dough and bake them off as I want.

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