Do 36 hrs & sea salt = the perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie?

There's a lot of buzz about these chocolate chip cookies that appeared in the NY Times Dining In section about creating the perfect chocolate chip cookie (as the article notes, perfecting the chocolate chip cookie is to a baker what the perfecting the omelet is to a chef)

I'm not a dessert person but I LOVE chocolate chip cookies, whether they're Toll House or that $250 Neiman Marcus recipe.

These are as easy as the Toll House. The hard part was letting cookie dough sit unmolested in my refrigerator for 36 hours.

The end result was definitely worth the wait. The cookies do stay nice and soft and I liked the taste of salt on the outside and the sweetness on the inside.

I followed some other bloggers suggestion to measure the ingredients by weight instead of using measuring cups. It seems that everyone got better results that way. I let the dough sit for a while before scooping as it was hard as a rock when I took it out of the refrigerator. I also used an ice cream scoop to make the very large cookies. I couldn't find the Valrhona fèves so I used Guittard Super Cookie Chips which are my new favorite chips! I don't have a stand mixer so I used my hand mixer for the dough and stirred in the chips by hand.

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New York Times July 9, 2008
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Adapted from Jacques Torres

Time: 45 minutes (for 1 6-cookie batch), plus at least 24 hours’ chilling

2 cups minus 2 tablespoons (8 1/2 ounces) cake flour
1 2/3 cups (8 1/2 ounces) bread flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
2 1/2 sticks (1 1/4 cups) unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups (10 ounces) light brown sugar
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (8 ounces) granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons natural vanilla extract
1 1/4 pounds bittersweet chocolate disks or fèves, at least 60 percent cacao content (see note)
Sea salt.

1. Sift flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Set aside.

2. Using a mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars together until very light, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla. Reduce speed to low, add dry ingredients and mix until just combined, 5 to 10 seconds. Drop chocolate pieces in and incorporate them without breaking them. Press plastic wrap against dough and refrigerate for 24 to 36 hours. Dough may be used in batches, and can be refrigerated for up to 72 hours.

3. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat. Set aside.

4. Scoop 6 3 1/2-ounce mounds of dough (the size of generous golf balls) onto baking sheet, making sure to turn horizontally any chocolate pieces that are poking up; it will make for a more attractive cookie. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt and bake until golden brown but still soft, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer sheet to a wire rack for 10 minutes, then slip cookies onto another rack to cool a bit more. Repeat with remaining dough, or reserve dough, refrigerated, for baking remaining batches the next day. Eat warm, with a big napkin.

Yield: 1 1/2 dozen 5-inch cookies.

Note: Disks are sold at Jacques Torres Chocolate; Valrhona fèves, oval-shaped chocolate pieces, are at Whole Foods.

2 comments:

Robin said...

I haven't heard the buzz on these cookies yet but will have to look it up. I made your Paula Deen banana pudding recipe this holiday weekend and it was a hit. It was actually better the second day once the cookies became cake-like. I was waiting to make it for months once I got back and could get my hands on Pepperidge Farm cookies again - great presentation!

Foodycat said...

These look like the best chocolate chip cookies ever. I love the seasalt!