A recipe for freaking fantastic chocolate chip cookies by Jacques Torres, via the New York Times. Absolutely worth the planning and fancy ingredients!
A few years ago, I published a recipe for chocolate chip cookies and called them the best I’d ever made. At that point, this was true. I still make that recipe all the time. I almost always have a bag of them individually partitioned in the freezer ready to pop in the oven for those unexpected guests.
That being said, they are no longer the best cookies I’ve ever made. This recipe is both the best chocolate chip cookie I’ve ever made and the best I’ve ever eaten. They are perfectly soft, but still chewy and féves, or discs, of chocolate make every bite packed with melty chocolate. They are insanely delicious.
If you’re going to go through the trouble of making them, I implore you to not take any shortcuts and to not make any substitutions to the recipe. They are 110% worth it. The high quality chocolate féves can be found on Amazon, or at specialty markets. They are not cheap, but this quality ingredient is one of the things that sets the recipe apart.
I deserve absolutely no credit for this recipe. It’s a wildly famous recipe by Chef Jacques Torres that was published in the New York Times in 2008 to wide acclaim. In fact, I attended a demo by Chef Nancy Silverton, and she said, I quote, “Every amazing chocolate chip cookie you’ve had in any restaurant anywhere is a spinoff of this recipe. People who deny it are lying.” Bold words, but after I made them at home, I’m convinced. They are worth trying yourself, worth the effort, and worth the fancy ingredients.
Now you have a great last-minute chocolate chip cookie recipe that doesn’t need chilling and takes ingredients you most likely have on hand. You also have a recipe that’s a bit more labor intensive and takes some planning, but is a complete show stopper. Sometimes two bests is just the right amount of best.
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NY Times + Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yields 18 cookies
A recipe for freaking fantastic chocolate chip cookies by Jacques Torres, via the New York Times. Absolutely worth the planning and fancy ingredients! Recipe via the New York Times
30 minPrep Time
18 minCook Time
48 minTotal Time
- 2 cups minus 2 tablespoons (8 1/2 ounces) cake flour
- 1 ? cups (8 1/2 ounces) bread flour
- 1 ¼ teaspoons baking soda
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- 1 ½ teaspoons coarse salt
- 2 ½ sticks (1 1/4 cups) unsalted butter
- 1 ¼ cups (10 ounces) light brown sugar
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (8 ounces) granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons natural vanilla extract
- 1 ¼ pounds bittersweet chocolate disks or fèves , at least 60 percent cacao content
- Flaky sea salt, like Maldon
- Sift flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl, cream butter and sugars together until very pale and light, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well between additions. Stir in the vanilla.
- Reduce mixer speed to low, add dry ingredients and mix until just combined, 5 to 10 seconds.
- Stir in chocolate pieces without breaking them.
- Press plastic wrap against dough chill in the refrigerator for 24-72 hours. Dough can be used all at once, or in batches.
- To bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Scoop 6 3 1/2-ounce mounds of dough (the size of generous golf balls) onto a parchment paper lined baking mat. Flatten out any chocolate pieces that are poking up; it will make for a more attractive cookie. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt. Repeat with remaining dough.
- Bake until golden brown, but still soft, about 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer sheet to a wire rack for 10 minutes, then remove cookies to another rack to cool further. Best eaten warm.
No substitutions! Make sure you buy the high quality chocolate and specialty flours recommended in the recipe and chill the dough at least 24 hours (ideally 36) before baking.
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