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For a very long time, I assumed the New York Occasions chocolate chip cookie recipe had ruined me for good. Primarily based on a recipe from famed chocolatier Jaques Torres, it makes a cookie SO GOOD that I discover myself daydreaming about baking and consuming it as soon as per week. And I most likely would, if it weren’t extremely, extremely, extremely fussy to make. The makes use of two varieties of flour and uncommon (to not point out, costly!) disk-shaped chocolate chips referred to as feves. And so as to add insult to damage, it makes you wait a minimum of 24 hours earlier than you’ll be able to eat it.

So what occurs once I simply want a chocolate chip cookie proper right here, proper now?

Tara, the extremely gifted blogger behind Seven Spoons, saves the day together with her recipe for Primary, Nice Chocolate Chip Cookies. The recipe, present in her stunning cookbook, is just about the precise reverse of the New York Occasions recipe. It’s the least fussy factor ever. There’s no want for a mixer; heck, you don’t even must convey the butter within the elements checklist to room temperature earlier than utilizing! And even with the extremely simplified baking course of, it produces a chocolate chip cookie that’s simply pretty much as good because the one from the New York Occasions — crisp on the surface, chewy within the heart, and the right steadiness of candy and salty:

The one downside is that with Erlend all the best way over in New York, it’s actually simply me, my cat, and two dozen extremely scrumptious cookies in my condo. And if you realize me in actual life (which, shameless plug, observe hummingbirdhigh on Snapchat for a glimpse, although I’ll admit I do not know what I’m doing or how you can actually use the rattling factor), you realize that I can plow via 24 chocolate chip cookies in only one sitting. With out even taking a breath. For actual.

So so as to forestall myself from gaining 200lbs, you realize what I do? I enable myself one on the day that I make the dough, and freeze the remaining. After measuring the dough out into cookie dough balls, I unceremoniously stuff them right into a sq. baking pan to mainly create a do-it-yourself model of the Nestle Tollhouse slice-and-bake cookies from my childhood that I beloved, beloved, beloved. Solely this time, with do-it-yourself high quality dough that doesn’t use and any bizarre preservatives or elements.

Plus, the kicker? There’s some loopy voodoo cookie dough magic that occurs the longer the cookies sit within the freezer. That’s, the longer the dough rests (and these infants preserve for AGES — I’m nonetheless going via a batch that I first made about two months in the past), the extra flavorful and wonderful the cookies will style. Assume: a chocolate chip cookie with sturdy notes of brown butter, toffee, and salted caramel. It’s all there, though I used none of these elements. I don’t know the way or why. The reigning principle is that the flour totally absorbs all flavored oil from the chocolate, butter, and different elements to provide all these new flavors, however truthfully, I don’t actually care.

As a result of it’s that good.

Now for those who’ll excuse me, penning this submit truly made me crave one in every of these rattling issues once more. I’m fairly positive I’ve one or two left behind my freezer someplace. And if I don’t, no biggie. Due to Tara, I’ll simply whip up one other batch, give or take twenty minutes. Similar to that.

Life is nice.

Some baker’s notes:

  • Please observe that the recipe requires chocolate feves (that’s, spherical chocolate disks) and NOT chocolate chips. Chocolate chips have some bizarre edible paraffin wax that helps them preserve their form whereas baking — we don’t need that for these cookies! Chopped chocolate, however, melts into the cookies and helps infuse the dough with chocolate. That is an particularly vital high quality for those who’re freezing the dough for an prolonged period of time. For those who can’t discover any feves, you’ll be able to substitute with a bar of good-quality chocolate (for those who’re on a price range, think about using Dealer Joe’s Pound Plus bars — they’re nice high quality contemplating their worth). Make sure to chop the chocolate up inconsistently and coarsely to create an attention-grabbing texture all through the cookie; I even left some feves entire and it was superior!

Any Time You Want ‘Em Slice-and-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookies

yield: 28 three-inch cookies


Particular Tools

  • (for Freezing)

  • wax paper

  • an 8×8-inch sq. cake pan or a 9×13-inch rectangular cake pan

  • a rubber band large enough to suit the pan

  • a gallon-sized Ziploc freezer bag or plastic wrap


  • 1 cup (8 ounces // 2 sticks( unsalted butter, chopped into 1-inch squares
  • 3 1/4 cups (16.25 ounces( all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups (11.25 ounces( darkish brown sugar, tightly packed
  • 1/2 cup (3.5 ounces( granulated sugar
  • 2 massive eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 12 ounces bittersweet chocolate feves coarsely chopped (see baker’s notes)
  • flaky sea salt (I used Dealer Joe’s pyramid salt)


For the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

  • In a medium saucepan over the bottom warmth potential, soften 1 cup unsalted butter. There ought to be no sizzle, crackling or popping — simply let the butter ooze into liquid with out boiling, guaranteeing minimal moisture is misplaced. Stir commonly, till the butter is sort of fully melted.

  • In a bowl, whisk collectively 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda, and 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt. Put aside.

  • As soon as the butter is melted, pour it into a big bowl and whisk in 1 1/2 cups darkish brown sugar and 1/2 cup granulated sugar. The combination might seem like it’s going to seize, however it’s going to chill out with a number of seconds of stirring. Add 2 massive eggs, one egg at a time, whisking briefly after every addition however solely to mix. Stir in 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract.

  • As soon as the vanilla extract is included into the combination, change from a whisk to a rubber spatula. Sprinkle the dry elements (from the 2nd step) over the combination, and use the rubber spatula to combine within the dry elements. As soon as principally blended (suppose: two or three smallish flour streaks left within the combination), stir in 12 ounces coarsely chopped bittersweet feves. Make sure to convey any stray elements up from the underside of the bowl, and proceed mixing till the dough now not seems to be dusty. If the dough appears heat or overly shiny, refrigerate for five minutes. Use a 1-tablespoon cookie scoop dough to measure out 3 tablespoons of dough for every cookie, utilizing your palms to roll collectively to create a much bigger ball of dough to make one cookie.

If Having fun with Instantly

  • For those who plan on having fun with the cookies instantly, heart a rack within the oven and preheat to 350 (F). Line two baking sheet pans with parchment paper.

  • Organize the measured out dough balls on the parchment-lined baking sheet pans, leaving 3 inches between every cookie. Sprinkle the tops of every cookie with flaky sea salt. Bake till the tops are cracked and calmly golden, round 10 to 12 minutes. Switch the sheet pans to a wire rack to chill for a minimum of 10 minutes, earlier than having fun with instantly.

If Freezing and Having fun with for Later

  • Line a sq. or rectangular cake pan (the cake pan will clearly rely on how a lot cookie dough you could have left) with wax paper. Take the measured out dough balls and line them within the pan — the sides of every dough ball ought to contact one another and the edges of the pan (see photos above). Sprinkle the tops of every dough ball with flaky sea salt. Cowl the highest of the cake pan with one other sheet of wax paper, utilizing a rubber band to create a sealed prime over the cake pan. If utilizing an 8×8-inch sq. pan, slip the gallon Ziploc-bag over the pan and seal it shut, squeezing out any extra air. If utilizing a 9×13-inch pan, cowl the wax paper-topped pan with one other layer of plastic wrap. Switch to the freezer and freeze till prepared to make use of for as much as 3 months.

  • When able to bake, heart a rack within the oven and preheat to 350 (F). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • Take away the frozen cookie dough from the freezer and use a serrated knife to slice nonetheless many cookie dough balls you need from the frozen clump. Organize the measured out dough balls on the parchment-lined baking sheet pans, leaving 3 inches between every cookie. Use the again of your hand to barely flatten the highest of every cookie dough ball.
  • Bake till the tops are cracked and calmly golden, round 18 to twenty minutes. Switch the sheet pans to a wire rack to chill a minimum of 10 minutes, earlier than having fun with instantly.


Primarily based on the “Primary, Nice Chocolate Chip Cookies” recipe in Seven Spoons

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