In Search of the Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie

Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
The problem with searching for the “perfect” chocolate chip cookie, is that opinions are subjective.  What I like in a cookie, maybe you don’t.  A recipe that one person raves over may seem blah to the next.  When I saw America’s Test Kitchen’s video for the “perfect” chocolate chip cookie, I knew I had to try the recipe.  It uses an almost radical technique and boasts caramelized soft, chewy perfection.


As I made the cookies, my olfactory senses were on overdrive.  The aroma of the browned butter and the brown sugar is almost overwhelming in deliciousness.  The resulting cookies are indeed in the top 5 of all chocolate chip cookies ever baked in my home, but are they the ultimate?  I leave it up to you.

Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies


Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Ingredients
  • 1¾ cups unbleached all-purpose flour (8¾ ounces)
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 14 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • ½ cup granulated sugar (3½ ounces)
  • ¾ cups packed dark brown sugar (5¼ ounces)
  • 1 tsp table salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1¼ cups semisweet chocolate chips or chunks ¾ cup chopped pecans or walnuts, toasted (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Combine dry ingredients and set aside.
  3. Brown 10 Tbsp butter in a skillet.
  4. Remove from heat and add remaining 4 Tbsp butter, stirring until melted.
  5. Combine sugars, vanilla and butter in a bowl, stirring until well mixed.
  6. Add egg and yolk, making sure to leave no lumps.
  7. Pause for half a minute, then stir again
  8. Repeat for a total of 4 times.
  9. Mixture should be thicker.
  10. Stir in dry ingredients.
  11. Add chocolate and nuts if using.
  12. Scoop out 16 equal cookies (using #24 ice cream scoop helps)
  13. Place 8 on each cookie sheet.
  14. Bake one tray at a time until golden brown and puffy (middles won't bet set), about 10-14 minutes.
  15. Remove from oven and transfer to wire rack to cool.

I followed their instructions to the letter (I know, weird for me.) I even weighed all of my ingredients.  When I asked if these were the best cookies, The Thinker said he liked chewy, cakier cookies.  The Musician said he’d rather just have peanut butter cookies.  The Comedian said he liked thinner gooey-er cookies.  The Engineer said he liked any kind of cookie.  Someone else mentioned those ground oatmeal with the grated chocolate bar cookies.  Like I said, perfect is subjective.



 

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