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Chef John's Chocolate Chip Cookies

Rated as 4.63 out of 5 Stars

"Crispy around the edges, chewy and chocolaty in the middle, and thin, oh so thin. My 'secret' formula has been adapted from Alton Brown's famous, 'The Thin' recipe, and is fairly foolproof. The only real variable is the baking time, since we all scoop slightly different amounts. And yes, of course you can add nuts to yours!"
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Ingredients

2 h 27 m servings 347 cals
Original recipe yields 16 servings (32 cookies)

Directions

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  1. Whisk flour, salt, and baking soda together in a bowl. In a separate bowl, cream the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar together until mixture is light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the egg, milk, and vanilla extract. Whisk liquids together in small areas around the bowl, then all together to avoid separation.
  2. Pour dry ingredients into the wet ingredients; stir until flour is thoroughly mixed in. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  3. Transfer dough to a resealable plastic bag. Refrigerate until dough is firm, at least 2 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Scoop out rounded tablespoons of dough and place on prepared baking sheet, leaving 4 inches of space between cookies (about 8 per sheet). Bake in preheated oven until cookies are golden brown, about 12 minutes. Slide parchment and cookies onto a cooling rack for a few minutes. Remove parchment and finish cooling the cookies on the rack.

Footnotes

  • Cook's Note:
  • If you don't have kosher salt, use 3/4 teaspoon of fine table salt instead of 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 347 calories; 18.3 g fat; 46.1 g carbohydrates; 3.3 g protein; 42 mg cholesterol; 240 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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I cut the salt back to 1 teaspoon but otherwise followed the recipe. I found the measuring out from the plastic bag a tedious task so won't do that again, and the mixing with a spatula was a pai...

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They turned out fluffy and cake-like. What am I doing wrong? I like the flatter and chewy cookie.

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I cut the salt back to 1 teaspoon but otherwise followed the recipe. I found the measuring out from the plastic bag a tedious task so won't do that again, and the mixing with a spatula was a pai...

These are a very sweet / salty treat. Mine did not spread like Chef John's, but I used a cookie scoop and did not flatten them at all. 10 minutes at 375 was perfect for a crisp edge and soft m...

They turned out fluffy and cake-like. What am I doing wrong? I like the flatter and chewy cookie.

I used a gold williams-sonoma baking sheet without parchment paper. I baked a batch that wasn't chilled and another that was and used the same scooper as shown in video. Both turned out modera...

Amazing!! I used salted butter and only threw a small amount of regular table salt. Maybe 1/4 tsp? Followed the rest of the directions to a tee and they turned out perfect! I decided to cut t...

Great cookies—crispy, buttery, and toffee-like. For my taste, the salt amount was perfect (but some Kosher salt has larger crystals than others, so maybe that was an issue for the previous revie...

Mine were "puffy and cake-like" as another reviewer mentioned once they came from the oven, but rapidly flattened out to thin and crispy edges and chewy centers. I made them as-is and they're ex...

What a great recipe! However, I just have a few comments on my experiences with this recipe. I did not have to refrigerate the dough. The texture was just fine to roll into ping-pong ball si...

This cookie is so yummy. Expect the sweet and salty combination. I loved that they cooked flat with crispy edges! I packed them as a treat in my kids lunches for a surprise :) We will be maki...