Chocolate Chip Cookies
You may have memorized the foolproof gem on the back of the Toll House bag, given to the world by Ruth Graves Wakefield in the 1930s. But this may become your new favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. It’s a little more complicated, and you’ll have to plan ahead: After assembling the dough, you must chill it for at least 24 hours before baking it, and preferably up to 36. This allows the dry ingredients time to soak up the wet ones, which results in a firmer dough. It leads to a marvelously chewy, chocolate-rich cookie. Don’t skimp on good chocolate, and the sea salt is not an option — it’s the beacon at the top of this gorgeous treat. (You can certainly put this recipe together by hand, but a stand mixer makes it easy work. If you’re in the market for one, our colleagues at The Wirecutter have tested quite a few, and they've put together an excellent guide to the best.) —David Leite
- 2 cups minus 2 tablespoons cake flour 8½ ounces
- 1⅔ cups bread flour 8½ ounces
- 1¼ teaspoons baking soda
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- 1½ teaspoons coarse salt
- 1¼ cups unsalted butter 2½ sticks
- 1¼ cups light brown sugar 10 ounces
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 8 ounces
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons natural vanilla extract
- 1¼ pounds bittersweet chocolate chips at least 60 percent cacao content
- Sea salt optional
- Sift flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Set aside. (Note: To measure flour, sift it into a bowl, spoon it into measuring cup, then add measured ingredients to bowl and sift them together. Dump extra flour back into the bag.)
- Using a mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars together until very light, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla. Reduce speed to low, add dry ingredients and mix until just combined, 5 to 10 seconds. Drop chocolate pieces in and incorporate them without breaking them.
- Scoop dough into balls (approximately 1 TBSP of dough or ping pong ball sized) and refrigerate for 24 to 36 hours. Dough may be used in batches, and can be refrigerated for up to 72 hours. Or freeze after refrigeration.
- When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat. Set aside.
- Put 6 cookie balls onto baking sheet, Sprinkle lightly with sea salt and bake until golden brown but still soft, approximately 12 minutes, turning cookie sheet at 6 minutes. Transfer sheet to a wire rack for 10 minutes, then slip cookies onto another rack to cool a bit more. Repeat with remaining dough, or reserve dough, refrigerated, for baking remaining batches the next day. Eat warm, with a big napkin.