Saturday, June 26, 2010

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies in the World... EVER, Really!

  I was sceptical. I received my usual email from Tasting Table, and found this recipe simply titled Chocolate Chip Cookies. I read it and thought, Ah, no big deal. Then I noticed whose cookies they were and thought, I"ll bet these are pretty darn good cookies, after all they are from  David Lebovitz, former pastry chef for Alice Waters Chez Panisse. Ah, but yes, they were a big deal. These were absolutely bliss. These cookies far surpassed my expectations of what a chocolate chip cookie should be. Perfectly moist and fluffy on the top and a slight crunch to the bottom. They were exceptional in my book.

Ready to mix.

And fresh out of the oven. Ready for consumpton.

Chocolate Chip Cookies
Re-created from Ready for Dessert: My Best Recipes, by Davis Lebovitz
as posted by Tasting TableIngredients
2½ cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs, at room temperature
2 cups nuts (such as walnuts, pecans, almonds or macadamia nuts), toasted and coarsely chopped (I omitted)
14 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped into 1/2- to 1-inch chunks
 5 ounces White Chocolate Chips (I used in place of nuts)
In a small bowl, whisk the flour with the baking soda and salt. Set aside.
In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter with the brown sugar, granulated sugar and vanilla extract at medium speed just until smooth. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until thoroughly incorporated, then blend in the flour mixture, nuts white chocolate chips and chocolate chunks.
On a lightly floured work surface, divide the dough into quarters. Shape each quarter into a log about 9 inches long. Wrap the logs in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, preferably 24 hours. (The dough logs can be refrigerated for up to 1 week or frozen for up to 1 month.)
Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat the oven to 350°. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
Slice the dough logs into ¾-inch-thick disks and place the disks 3 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. If the chips fall out, simply push them back in. Bake the cookies, rotating the baking sheets midway through baking, until very lightly browned in the centers, about 10 minutes.
Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets until firm enough to handle, then use a spatula to transfer them to a wire rack. The baked cookies will keep well in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
Makes about 4 dozen cookies.
Carla and Michael


  1. They definitely LOOK good! But, I think you may have to ship some to me so I can try for myself ;) LOL...yum!!!

  2. OK--Now these look great. All I need is an excuse to try the recipe when I can be assured the leftovers wouldn't be left alone with me! I love chocolate chip cookies (without the white chocolate) I remember the lady next door (Mrs. Kennedy)used to bake them and....Well, you know memories like these are hard to top with reality.

  3. These look like scrumptious treats - especially with white chips in them! I can't resist. Thanks for your sweet comments on my burger post! And the idea to make a badge - I will work on it this week. x0

  4. I am always willing to try new chocolate chip cookie recipes, especially if it's supposed to be the world's best! :) They do look wonderful. I am bookmarking it. Thanks!

  5. These look scrumptious. I've never had a bad recipe from David Lebovitz and the changes you have made tothe original sound wonderful. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

  6. well, well, well, guess what I just finished with a glass of milk? YOUR choc.chip cookies you gave to me yesterday. Dad also loved them with a glass of milk. It's taking all the willpower I have not to go in the kitchen and grab the last 3. Send me some more
    Love ya, Mom

  7. Fantastic recipe. I am a huge fan of these chocolate chip cookies.

    Be well

  8. They sounds and looks really delicious.. will try your recipe soon :)

  9. I'm always skeptical of things that call themselves "best ever". But these may just be the best ever!


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