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.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Cook's Illustrated chocolate chip cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 18 large cookies
Calories 288 kcal
Author Anna


  • 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 )
US Customary - Metric


  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.

Recipe Notes

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!

Nutrition Facts
Cook’s Illustrated Chocolate Chip Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 288 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 44mg15%
Sodium 173mg8%
Potassium 119mg3%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 310IU6%
Calcium 25mg3%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.