Is there anything better than a fresh batch of soft chocolate chip cookies? I think not.
All the good cookie eaters of the world!
We were made for such a time as this.
These cookies are soft, thick, bricks of chocolate chunks and buttery dough baked into a heavy, milk-loving cookie that is my most favorite chocolate chip cookie of all time. ♡
Wait, though. They are singing a love song to you: BAKE ME.
BAKE ME IN YOUR OVEN RIGHT NOW.
A few years ago, when we were living in the Philippines, I accidentally discovered my new favorite way to make cookies. The recipe is now two years old, but if you like to creep, they can be located here.
And let me just take a moment to acknowledge that seriously without fail – everything good that I make is always inspired by haphazard accidents, including but not limited to broken refrigerators and lacking ingredients and my really strong tendency towards laziness. Everything including these cookies and all their iterations.
So in 90 bajillion degree Cebu, Philippines, back in fateful 2012, yes I WAS trying to bake chocolate chip cookies. In true Pinch of Yum must-have-the-food-now style, it made 0% rational sense. I had butter that was literally melted from sitting out on the counter for, like, three seconds, I had NO brown sugar, and I added a little too much extra flour. I proceeded to bake the accidental cookies in my oven which I had to start by lighting a FIRE with a MATCH inside of it and which had NO TEMPERATURE MARKINGS other than the numbers 1-5. Sage and I are laughing out loud over here – howwww did I do anything?
Related – I now laugh out loud with my dog.
Seeeeee uuuu laaaaater!
So where were we? I think we were about to count the number of cookies I’ve eaten just in these last two weeks as I’ve refined this recipe, which is approximately $&@^!# (censored).
I’ve always loved that old Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe, but I’ve always kind of been annoyed about it, too. Like why does it need to melt only half of the butter? Does it really not work to melt ALL of it? And why does it need the spoonful of brown sugar? Or does it? Sheesh, how annoying is the person who wrote that recipe anyway? *WOOPS*
Now for the good news!
I replicated the ULTRA THICK, ULTRA SOFT texture (it called for bold, right?) and maybe even improved the flavor with this new 2015 version that is similar, but way easier and more sensible than the original.
And by sensible, I mean… just… like, lazy sensible, okay? I don’t mean THAT kind of sensible. You might need to start looking for another blog if you need your cookies to be sensible.
There is nothing sensible about this beautiful sugar and butter perfection.
We’re all trying to eat better around here – me, Bjork, Sage, and you.
We’ve been making salads and stuffed peppers and magic green sauce together and loving on all the yummy, healthy things for the last few weeks. I love food, and I love healthy food, and I love vegetables.
But there is one thing that I love more than anything in the world – yep – going there, and that is a really good, thick, soft, chocolate chip cookie with a glass of milk.
Today, tonight, whenever it is, if you’re going to eat a cookie, please make it count.
Please make it a soft, hugely huge and always soft, and buttery and chocolate chippy and perfectly soft (did I already say that?) chocolate chip cookie that will take your life to the next level.
Ohhhh! You guys, you guys, you guys!
Mom likes cookies, too, right?
Ugh DANG we’re so selfless like that. I just love us right now.
- 8 tablespoons of salted butter
- ½ cup white sugar (I like to use raw cane sugar with a coarser texture)
- ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 egg
- 1½ cups all purpose flour (more as needed - see video)
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt (but I always add a little extra)
- ¾ cup chocolate chips (I use a combination of chocolate chips and chocolate chunks)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Microwave the butter for about 40 seconds to just barely melt it. It shouldn't be hot - but it should be almost entirely in liquid form.
- Using a stand mixer or electric beaters, beat the butter with the sugars until creamy. Add the vanilla and the egg; beat on low speed until just incorporated - 10-15 seconds or so (if you beat the egg for too long, the cookies will be stiff).
- Add the flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix until crumbles form. Use your hands to press the crumbles together into a dough. It should form one large ball that is easy to handle (right at the stage between "wet" dough and "dry" dough). Add the chocolate chips and incorporate with your hands.
- Roll the dough into 12 large balls (or 9 for HUGELY awesome cookies) and place on a cookie sheet. Bake for 9-11 minutes until the cookies look puffy and dry and just barely golden.Warning, friends: DO NOT OVERBAKE. This advice is probably written on every cookie recipe everywhere, but this is essential for keeping the cookies soft. Take them out even if they look like they're not done yet (see picture in the post). They'll be pale and puffy.
- Let them cool on the pan for a good 30 minutes or so (I mean, okay, eat four or five but then let the rest of them cool). They will sink down and turn into these dense, buttery, soft cookies that are the best in all the land. These should stay soft for many days if kept in an airtight container. I also like to freeze them.
If you find that the dough is wet and it REALLY sticks to your hands, you probably need a little more flour. This is important otherwise you'll have flat cookies. I'll usually add a few tablespoons at a time to get it to the right consistency. See video in post for reference. You should be able to roll the balls of dough between your hands without any issues.
From our recipe tester:
If you're running into issues with your cookies, you can reference the examples above to help find out what may have gone wrong.
One of the keys to achieving the perfect cookie is to ensure the correct amount of flour is used. Ideally, the flour should be weighed. In testing, we found that 6.75 ounces of flour was the correct amount. Without a food scale, don't pack the flour into measuring cups and always level the flour off.
Nutrition label what?
I don’t even know what you’re talking about.
CHEERS, COOKIE FRANDS.