Thursday, May 17, 2012

Recipe | BIG, FAT Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oh dear, first it was my realization that maybe my meatballs weren't the only game in town and now it is my chocolate chip cookies.  For twenty three years I've been under the impression that I made the best chocolate chip cookies.  My black stone-washed jeans might have attracted Jimmy, but it was surely my chocolate chip cookies that made him fall in love.  I made them before all his big baseball games and for every birthday, and when we visited each other in college.  Andrew and friend, Payton, have sold them for $2.00 a piece on numerous garage sale days (and they sell out in less than 15 minutes) and people gladly paid when they would haggle me for .25 cents on books and t shirts.  I've had numerous requests for the recipe {first blogged it here}.  Ok, enough horn tooting, you get the idea. They are good.  And then I tried Kate's chocolate chip cookies at the end of year preschool party. Same Kate whose sugar cookie recipe I blogged here.  Dang it, they weren't just good, they were better than mine.   It sent me in search of a new recipe.  I wanted bigger, fluffier, more substantial cookies.
I've requested her recipe {Kate, if you are reading, please expedite the recipe delivery, please!!) But me and my impatient self couldn't wait, so I went in search of a new recipe to try.  I found one from Vanilla Sugar Blog that was supposedly a dead ringer for the chocolate chip cookies from Levain Bakery in NYC.  I've never been there but they lay claim to being the "best in the world".  So I made them....

And stared at them.  In all their big, fat, chocolaty, slightly crispy on the edges, soft and delicious inside, chocolate chip cookie, glory. And???  AND???

They were better than my regular recipe. Yes, I'm a big girl, I can admit it.    A 23 year tradition has officially been broken. And a new one made {at least until I get my hands on Kate's recipe!}.  I have a chocolate chip cookie reputation to uphold after all.   Now go bake. And share with your friends...

   BIG Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 sticks unsalted butter, COLD 
3/4 cup granulated sugar 
3/4 cup packed brown sugar 
2 large eggs 
1 teaspoon vanilla 
3 cups all purpose flour  
1 teaspoon Kosher salt 
1 teaspoon baking powder 
1/2 teaspoon baking soda  
12 ounces (2 cups) good quality           semisweet chocolate chips 
(1 cup chopped nuts, optional) 

If using dough right away, preheat oven to 375 degrees F. (It’s best to chill, though) In a mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and both sugars just until creamy. Don’t overbeat. Add the egg and vanilla and beat just until incorporated. Stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. When thoroughly mixed, add to batter and stir just until blended. Stir in chocolate chips. Using ice cream scoop, place over sized dough balls on parchment lined baking sheets.  Chill dough balls for at least 30 min before baking.  Bake times: Put the cookies in a 375 degree oven and set timer for 8 minutes. When timer rings, without opening oven or removing cookies, reduce heat to 325 degrees and bake for another 8-10 minutes or until cookies appear set. Otherwise, you can bake at 350 for 18-22 minutes or until done. I used convection oven and my oven adjusted temps accordingly {350 for 8 min., then 300 for 9 min} Makes 12 (mine made 16) 


  1. Wow those look good! !!!! Real good!! Have a great day!

  2. I'm drooling on my keyboard! That cute little package sure would make a great birthday present in say, exactly one month from today!! (:

  3. No, I think I must have the best :) These look great tho, I wonder if its he whole oven temp, turn down thing-y??!!! I will try for sure. My husband adores ccc and is quite the Conisseur (so he thinks) topackage mine in cello bags and give away too...:) Thanks for sharing!

  4. Oh yeah! I just printed the recipe and can't wait to make them! I love the packaging too :) Those would make anybody happy on their birthday!

  5. Oh, these look delicious!!! I've been looking for a good chocolate chip cookie recipe lately...seems so easy, but some recipes are so much better than others. I can't wait to try yours! Thanks for sharing :)

  6. Looks so DELICIOUS! I think I will try them for Josh's bake sale next week. Happy weekend!

  7. I am also always looking for the "best" chocolate chip cookie recipe and in fact spent one winter trying about 6 different versions. I have been to Levain Bakery on a couple of occasions and they truly are THE best cookies I have ever had hands down! Hot out of the oven or the next morning for breakfast they are so delicious. I will try yours and see how they compare. Maybe they will be my new "best" cookies. Thanks for posting the recipe.

  8. have you ever tried the neiman marcus recipe?

  9. Thank you for posting this. It’s exactly what I was looking for!

  10. I think I may have to give these a try! We have been hunting down our favorite cookie recipe, too. So great having a 'signature' family recipe : ) Rachel

  11. YUM! And the adorable packaging makes them even better. New follower of your wonderful blog!!

  12. Tessaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa...Hiiiiiiiiiiiiieeeeeeeeeeeeee!

    OK, if you say it's the best, then it is. B/c I have you know I just made brownies AGAIN recently for my mom.

  13. I need these for a party tomorrow night! Suppose you could just whip up a batch and send them down to Georgia - maybe overnight mail? ha ha. My daughter swears the new Chick-fil-a ones are the best in the world. Have you had them?

  14. Just got around to making these with my 3-year old on a rainy day on the Cape and they are pretty darn awesome. I've always worked off the basic Toll House Recipe too but I think you've converted me! Thanks for sharing your find :)

  15. Hi Tessa!

    I made this recipe with a lot of fears as I believe that I have a "cookie curse" hanging over my head but I followed the directions very carefully and was beyond pleased with the results! Thank you so much! I did want to ask you what kind of chocolate chips you used since it called for a "nice" chocolate chip and all I had on hand was Tollhouse chips. Thanks again!

  16. I just made these tonight, and WOW. I've never had chocolate chip cookies that were so good. My fiancee`, who is incredibly hard to please when it comes to food, said that they were straight out of a bakery. Thank you for sharing your amazing recipe! ;)

  17. I adapted this recipe to make cookies like the ones from Chickfila, and they were delicious! Your pictures were what won me over and your son is so adorable! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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