CCC Monday: Cook’s Illustrated Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Ladies and gentlemen, I present you the perfect chocolate chip cookie.

In flavor, texture and look.

I could simply stop this series on this one as it fits all of our categories for the best cookie ever.

But I have few more recipes to try so if someday someone will find this series, they will have almost all the possible ways and the most popular ways to make chocolate chip cookies.

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The folks at Cook’s Illustrated know what they are doing. Their recipes never disappoint me. That’s why I was super excited to try this one. It’s even called “the perfect chocolate chip cookie”!

One note though: I used bread flour instead of all-purpose one, and I know it adds to chewiness of these cookies. You can try either way. These cookies are simply perfect! They will be scrumptious and before you know it, only crumbs will remain on your plate. Yum yum!

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Yields 18 large cookies

Cook’s Illustrated Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cook's Illustrated Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies deliver in every way: flavor, texture and looks! You can find the original recipe in Cook’s Illustrated May/June 2009 issue.

15 minPrep Time

PT10 - 12MCook Time

27 minTotal Time

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  • 1 3/4 c all-purpose flour or bread flour ( see note )
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 14 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 c granulated sugar
  • 3/4 c packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 1/4 c semisweet chocolate chips or chunks
  • 3/4 c chopped pecans or walnuts, toasted (optional - I skipped them )


  1. In a medium saucepan, heat 10 tablespoons of butter, until it starts to brown and smell nutty.
  2. Take off the heat, cool for 2 minutes, then pour into a large mixing bowl of your stand mixer.
  3. Combine egg and egg yolk in a measuring cup, do not beat. Set next to mixer.
  4. Add the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter to the browned butter and stir until melted.
  5. Add both sugars, salt and vanilla extract. Mix for 30 seconds.
  6. Add eggs and mix for 30 seconds.
  7. Let the mixture rest for 3 minutes.
  8. Mix again for 30 seconds.
  9. Let rest for 3 minutes.
  10. Repeat the process until your mixture is thick and pale.
  11. Whisk baking soda with flour.
  12. Switch to rubber spatula and fold in the flour and soda.
  13. Add chocolate chips and gently fold in.
  14. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper, foil or silpat.
  15. Scoop the dough with a tablespoon, placing 6 mounds of it on a sheet.
  16. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes.
  17. Cool for 1 minute on a baking sheet.
  18. Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.


I used bread flour instead all-purpose flour the original recipe calls for. If you use the later one, your cookies may not be as chewy but they will still be perfect!

These cookies are the most beautiful cookies I have ever made. The have a crunchy ring on the outside and deliciously chewy inside. The outer layer is crunchy too, leading you to the melty gooey center.

I am off to lay down as I am still battling a nasty flu. Any recommendations how to feel better?




  1. says

    Anna….these DO look absolutely perfect! (you can never go wrong with Cook’s Illustrated!). But I’m so intrigued that you used bread flour to add chewiness. I’m going to have to try that in some other cookies as well! But these are beauties for sure! : )

  2. says

    Sorry, I haven’t been here for quite some time, Anna! Been really busy with summer activities. Anyway, I’m back! :)
    Love this version of chocolate chip cookies…and your new header and layout as well.
    Btw, hope you’re feeling better now.

  3. Ashley says

    Well, I didn’t realize it wasn’t in there until I got to adding the flour. I put things away as I go and had one ingredient left! The cookies turned out very good! They definitely flattened out more and don’t look as firm as yours. Still excellent and very fast. I wonder If it was adding the soda at the wrong time, or if it’s that I didn’t do as many rounds at mixing and letting rest. I ended up with 20 though and only have 5 lefts after i had made them for company and my husband got home so they were a success! The browned butter just gave a very unique flavor. Great recipe! Thanks for responding back!

  4. Ashley says

    I must be missing something, where is the baking soda going in? I just guessed and just took my first batch out of the oven. I hope I guesses right!

  5. says

    Behold! The perfect cookie! Honestly, there is nothing better than a chocolate chip cookie and these look perfect. I love the shot of your princess holding it. We need to have a playdate – just today someone at Trader Joe’s asked if my daughter was on her way to ballet in her tutu – I was like, “Noooo, this is the regular wardrobe in our house.” :)

  6. says

    Dear Anna, so sorry to hear you are under the weather. I hope feel better soon!! I can’t believe you took the time to bake these gorgeous cookies while you were ill. I love how you described that they are both crispy and chewy… that’s a perfect cookie!

  7. says

    Those do look amazing! Glad to hear you will continue to share more ccc recipes.

    Nominated you for the Liebster Award. Stop by and check it out.

  8. says

    Oh I am so very sorry to hear you are sick…but I will say the cookies look wonderful and there is no better way to dress them up then with a young girl in a princess dress.

    The photo is just fantastic.

    I hope you feel better. Drink plenty of fluids and try to eat some chicken soup of veggie soup (broth based) to get you back up and at ‘em.

  9. says

    Oh no…I am sorry about the flu, but I have been sick as well with crazy cough that won’t go away..
    Now those cookies look amazing…nothing beats homemade creamy, crunchy CCC:))
    I hope you feel better soon, Anna!

  10. says

    Hi Anna! I’m sorry to hear you are down with flu! In this summer time? Poor thing… I hope these delicious cookies gave you some comfort and cheered you up a bit. I love the picture of your princess holding the gigantic cookie. Get well soon!

  11. says

    The quest for the “perfect” chocolate chip cookie is never ending, isn’t it? These look wonderful. I feel a hint of envy as most often, my chocolate chip cookies spread out too much. Any other kind of cookie turns out thick and chewy, but for some reason, I rarely achieve that goal with the chocolate chip variety. Perhaps this recipe will save me?

  12. says

    Sorry to hear that you aren’t feeling well! :( I wish I could come over and watch the kiddos so that you could get some uninterrupted rest!

    These look like the perfect chocolate chip cookie! Crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside is the best!!

  13. says

    Cooks Illustrated is like the Bible of all culinary feats :) I got the big cookbook for Christmas this past year! These cookies look awesome Anna!