Friday, 22 February 2013

NY times' best-ever chocolate chip cookies

This chocolate chip cookie recipe was voted the best-ever by the New York Times. I've seen this recipe everywhere on the internet - on Pinterest, blogs, food websites... you name a food-related website and they'd most likely have this gem of a recipe posted somewhere, and people would be raving about its goodness.

But this recipe wasn't voted the best-ever for no reason. They really are the best-ever chocolate chip cookie recipe out there. They're chewy in the right places, crunchy in the right places, and even ooze melted chocolate when they're still warm.

There's a secret to this recipe, too. You'll have to believe me when I say this, because as weird as it sounds, it's true. Are y'all listening?

You need to chill the dough for 48 hours.

Not kidding! I chilled my dough for 48 hours (and -- would you believe? -- it actually decreased in size during that time. We had a few... oversized mice nibbling on this cookie dough as it was maturing. Why does cookie dough have to be so addictive?).
Chilling apparently "allows for the dough and other ingredients to fully absorb the liquid, resulting in a drier dough baking to a better consistency." Huh. Who would've known? Not me, that's for sure. (That's via a trusted source.)

So. Here's the recipe. I halved mine but I think I'll make the full amount next time so we can enjoy more of the cookie dough!

NY Time's Best-Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 cups minus 2 tbsp. cake flour*
1 2/3 cups plain flour
1 1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/4 cups butter
1 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar
1 cup plus 2 tbsp. white sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
560g dark chocolate 
Sea salt for sprinkling

Sift flours, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a medium bowl.
In a large bowl cream butter and sugars together until very light, about 5 minutes.
Beat in the eggs, one at a time, making sure they are fully incorporated before adding the next then mix in the vanilla. On low speed,  add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined, only 5-10 seconds. Gently incorporate the chocolate into the dough.
Press plastic wrap against the dough and refrigerate for 48 hours.
When ready to bake, preheat oven to 180C and line tray with baking paper.
Roll dough into balls (small golf-ball size) onto baking sheet, making sure to leave a lot of room between. Sprinkle each dough ball lightly with sea  salt.
Bake 15-20 minutes (varies depending on oven) until golden brown but still soft.
Transfer sheet to a wire rack and cool 10 minutes, then move cookies onto the rack or other surface to continue to cool.

*I used this cake flour substitute here.

Other cookie recipes on my blog:

Mini Choc Chip Cookies

Ooey Gooey Rolo-Stuffed Chocolate Balls

Cranberry & White Chocolate Cookies (Subway copycat)


  1. These WERE very delicious biscuits! Can you make some more soon? Pleeeeease?!

  2. YUMMO! :O I wish I could be your taste-tester. :P

  3. Hi! I saw your post on the Best Blog Recipes' Weekend Retreat. I've been meaning to try this recipe for a while, maybe these weekend. They look super good!

  4. Ooh, a must try, methinks! They look delish. I love baking cookies ^_^
    And I just remembered how much I crave cooking after looking over some of your posts. Bad girl, that you are!

  5. Hello! Found you from Nifty Thrifty Things and I can't wait to try this recipe. My Tollhouse cookies always come out so thin and flat:-(

    I'm also a new Follower and would love to see you visit me at my blog: - if you like what you see, Follow Me, too!

    Thanks so much and looking forward to more great posts.

    LOVD tidings, Lilly

  6. Looks so delicious! :) I have this recipe pinned as well but I have never made it because I never have cake flour on hand. Thanks for the DIY cake flour! :) Pinning!

  7. These look so delicious - I am going to try out the recipe.

    Found you via Marvellous Mondays and looking forward to following on e-mail.

    Kate x

  8. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

  9. I've tried this recipe before and your right, they ARE the best. Thank you so much for sharing with Saturday Spotlight. Have a great week and come back soon!

  10. Wow! I must try this. My husband loves chocolate chip cookies and I have to always go back to buying the dough already to bake because I can never get them right.
    a homemaker's journey

  11. This really does look great! I've never heard about refrigerating dough for that long but I would love to try it!

  12. Still haven't tried this recipe yet, but I've had it pinned forever. Would love you to come over & link this recipe up at our link party. It is open through March 1 & is all chocolate! . Thanks!

  13. I'm gonna have to try these sometime! I've heard about this recipe everywhere, too. I did see that chilling the dough was the secret. It's so hard to wait that long to make cookies, though! Haha. Yours look delicious - your photos are great!

    Visiting from Thursday Favorite Things :)

  14. These look really good! I love that there is a secret tip that makes them so good. You have been chosen as today's Dare to Share Feature of the Day!

  15. I'm over from the Sew darn crafty linking party. Its my first one :). These look so yummy, definitely going to try making these :)

    Kate from The Tales of Me

  16. These look ridiculous! OMG ~ might have to go without eating all day so I could enjoy them!!

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. :)

    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo

  17. Wow. Who would have thought that refrigerating the dough would make them so much better!?

    Thank you for linking up to Raising Imperfection!
    Make sure to check back on Friday to see if you were featured.

  18. These look delicious! And you took beautiful photos of them too!

    Thanks so much for linking up! I am going to feature these on my blog tomorrow

    Have a lovely day!

  19. I am a huge fan of chocolate chip cookies and make a hobby out of trying new recipes! Can't wait to try yours.
    Thanks so much for linking up over at Finding the Pretty & Delicious Linky Party. Hope you'll come back again on Saturday! Leigh Anne

  20. Stopping by to let you know I am featuring these tomorrow on Made in a Day! Thanks for linking up!

  21. I've been wanting to try these for a long time! They look great :)

  22. Yum! These look amazing, I'll take a dozen right now please :)

  23. These look so delicious!! Yum, I want one now. LOL Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent. So thrilled to have you join the party!! Your newest follower, too! Have a wonderful weekend. :)

  24. These cookies look amazing! Thanks for a great recipe...we can't wait to try them. Have a great weekend. -The Six Sisters

  25. Hi Grace! I found you thru the Sundae Scoop Link Party (I'm link #227, Adorable Owl Cupcakes). I make gourmet cookies and these cookies look perfectly yummy!

    I'm your newest GFC follower too!

    Have a Sweet Day!

  26. Just tried this last night - SOOO good. thank you. I will definitely be adding this to my recipe box :)

  27. Pinning this to give it a try. Yup, cookie dough in my fridge is in danger of disappearing. I almost like the dough better than the cookie. lol! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  28. Hi,
    Oh, these looks so delish!!
    Our party is live now, and we would like to invite you to share this there:
    Hope to see you there.
    The Busy Bee's,
    Myrna and Joye.

  29. Saw this on the link party. They look great. I am always on the lookout for the best choc. chip recipe. Will be trying! Thanks!

  30. Thanks for linking up this post to The Best Blog Recipes @The Weekend re-Treat!
    You’ve been featured on today’s 25 Easter Dessert Idea’s post!

    Hope to see you link up again at the party this weekend!


  31. These really do look like the best ever chocolate chip cookies! Thanks for linking up this post to The Best Blog Recipe’s Weekend re-Treat #9!

    I know I’m running a little bit behind in pinning but I wanted to stop by and pin your image to My Link Parties Craft/DIY & Recipe Boards while I was here.

    Hope to see you link up again at the party this weekend! It just went live on the blog not too long ago 


  32. I wanna make these!! I love all your baking recipes :)

  33. Any thoughts on gluten free?

  34. These look delicious! I've seen the NY Times recipe everywhere too and keep wondering if it's good, I need to give it a go sometime too! Your cookies look fabulous!!!!