February 05, 2009

In search of perfection

Everyone loves chocolate chips cookies right? There are way too many recipes out there, so that even though I really like "my" recipe, I continue to try every new recipe I come across, just in case it's better than mine.

This one is pretty darn good.

2 1/2 cubes butter
1 1/4 c. dark brown sugar
1 c. granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
3 2/3 c. flour*
2 T. corn starch
1 1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. salt
2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 c. milk chocolate chips

You know the drill: Cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Add dry ingredients and combine; stir in chocolate chips. (You are supposed the chill the dough before baking, but I'm too impatient, so I didn't.) Bake at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes (using a 1.5" scoop).

*I usually substitute part of the flour for whole wheat flour, or blended oats.


  1. I too am on a quest for the perfect chocolate chip cookie - I'll e-mail you my favorite! Your mom is coming to our ward enrichment to speak on the 19th - I'm excited - Also, Susan Crumb Cook is in our ward. Thanks for sharing the recipe - I know what I'm going to do tomorrow!

  2. How much is a "cube" of butter? Is that like a stick of butter?

    These look yummy! When I was a girl, my best friend's mom made the most wonderful chocolate chip cookies. They just melted in your mouth. I saw her a couple of years ago, and asked her what her secret was and she insisted that she just used the recipe from the bag of Nestle Toll House chips. I don't believe her. I know there was some special about those cookies!!

  3. Seeing as how my family will only eat chocolate chip cookies (much to my dismay, as I like others as well) I'll have to try these!

  4. Oh thank you thank you!

  5. This is a noble pursuit, for sure.

    My husband is on the same quest, but he prefers the taste-testing.

    Happy Friday, Alice!

  6. This is such a timely post!! I just printed 3 different recipes for chocolate chip cookies trying to find a really good one. I just printed yours and will try it next! (must eat the current batch first *wiping away crumbs as i type*

  7. cube=stick=1/2 cup xox

  8. Can you send me "your" recipe? I love chocolate chip cookies...they are my favorite, but I have to let the earlier commenter know that the recipe off the bag of Nestle Toll House is one of my all time favorites...it really is awesome! I also think a secret is melt the butter all the way before you start. And I use flat non-stick cooking sheets from IKEA. They are 5 bucks and they are AWESOME!

  9. Anonymous11:29 AM

    Hi Alice - I know the NieNie relief effort is coming to a close, and I want to send Stephanie a fun little item. I've tried reaching cjane with no success - and just need to know: Can I send a package to the PO address? If you (or anyone!) could just let me know, I'll be ablet to mail it out to her. Thank you for your help! sw

  10. You posted this on the very day that I told my husband that I want to bake chocolate chip cookies! (That's the first time I've felt that way in years, for some reason.)
    And I'm always wanting to find a recipe for really, really good ones, like I had once in high school. So I'll be sure and try this recipe.
    Thanks so much!

  11. Here is the "normal" recipe I use, which I referred to as mine. Actually, I think it might be something close to the Tollhouse recipe, but it's been so long since I've seen that version that I can't be sure. But I really like it. I think it's still my favorite.

    1 cup butter
    1 cup dark brown sugar
    1/2 cup granulated sugar
    2 eggs
    1 tsp. vanilla
    2 1/2 cup flour
    1/2 tsp. baking soda
    1/2 tsp. salt
    2 c. chocolate chips

  12. One more question for ya...I notice you use dark brown sugar alot. Is there a paticular reason why? Also, I saw your comment how you just substitute whole wheat flour in the place of flour. I was nervous to do that this weekend with some oatmeal cookies I was making, but I went again and did it. The recipe called for 1 1/2 cups flour so I put 1 cup unbleached all purpose flour and then 1/2 cup whole wheat flour. They turned out great! Do you have a rule of thumb about how much you substitute or does it matter?

  13. I usually use about half whole wheat, or a little less. You intuitively knew what to do! :) A lot of it is personal preference because it changes the texture. Some recipes can handle more whole wheat... muffins work well with more. (see my recipe for whole wheat pumpkin muffins in a post a few months back)

    As for dark brown sugar... I've noticed that it is tastier for chocolate chip cookies, but light brown sugar works just fine. I like the dark brown because it has more flavor and the cookies are a little richer. I like rich. :)

  14. Rachel in Milwaukee3:06 PM

    I'm a lurker by way of Nie and Cjane. This is my absolute favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe.


    If you like soft chewy cookies, you have to try it. I use the chocolate chunks instead of chips because the chocolate stays all melty and gooey. Enjoy!

  15. Thanks Rachel. I can't wait to try it!

  16. Okay, I just made these last night and they were really really good. I made them for my husband to take to work. He kept coming in sneaking a cookie every so often. I told him to stop or he wouldn't have any to take to work and he says to me "I don't want to take them to work because when I get home there won't be anymore..can we just leave them here"...I'm like no way, these are so good, I'll eat them all...get them out of the house...HA! Thanks for the recipe!


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