January 14, 2016

A Year of Favorites Begins: Top 11 Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipes Revised

Naptime Chef Top 11 Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes

Over the holidays my family and I were talking about our favorite dishes, noting ones I haven’t made in a while. A lot of them I wrote about here during my first few years of blogging, and several are from my book recipe tasting. Since I am constantly writing new recipes for websites and this site I often leave old favorites by the wayside. This year I am going to change that. I promised my family that while I focus on new recipes, I’ll also focus on old favorites. This applies to all kinds of dishes from appetizers, to dinners, to dessert. In many cases this means I’ll go back through the archives and pull out the oldies but goodies and give them much better photos. In other cases, I’ll be revisiting ones from cookbooks of years past. Either way, it is going to be so much fun.

Today I am starting with one of the most popular posts I ever wrote about my Top 10 favorites chocolate chip cookie recipes. Most of the list is still the same, but I’ve added one in recent years. Here is the original post with a lot about how and why chocolate chip cookies are my absolute favorite. Below is the list with a few recent changes.

1. Dorie Greenspan’s My Best Chocolate Chip Cookies: Soft, sweet and slightly cakey, these are my favorite hands down. The flavor notes of vanilla and chocolate are perfectly balanced, while the texture is slightly soft, but not crumbly. Part of their success is due to Dorie’s specific instructions for adding the ingredients – follow them carefully. These cookies stand up well when vanilla ice-cream is sandwiched between them, and are also great served on their own to adults and children alike.

2. The New York Times’ Chocolate Chip Cookie by Jacques Torres: A slightly more involved recipe, I’ve made this with both the complicated flours, and basic all-purpose flour. Both versions have been successful and delicious. I love how the chopped chocolate creates layers and ridges in the cookie, allowing the chocolate to melt and permeate every crumb. A particularly decadent cookie, these are great for impressing friends and guests.

3. Cook’s Illustrated Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies: Being a devotee of browned butter, it is only natural that I would turn to this recipe. Initially skeptical, I’ve come to love the deeper flavor the browned butter gives the cookie, creating rich almost caramel-like notes that contrast nicely with the chocolate. Don’t bake these with children unless they are old enough to use the stove.

4. Martha Stewart’s Thin and Crisp Chocolate Chip Cookies: Not surprisingly, Martha has enough varieties of Chocolate Chip Cookies to make my head spin. And, I’ve tried every single one. The unusually large amount of butter causes these cookies to thin out and crisp while baking, making them somewhat brittle from the start. I love the slightly delicate texture and rich buttery taste, they are perfect for grown-up afternoon tea.

5. Barefoot Contessa’s Chocolate Chunk Cookies: Never one to shy away from excess, Ina shows us how it’s done by passing up wimpy chips and adding impressive chocolate chunks to her cookies. These cookies are bold in flavor, size and texture. I find them particularly great for summer ice-cream sundaes and for serving to kids. Adults love them, too, though they are so gigantic you only need to eat one!

6. Neiman-Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookies with Blended Oatmeal: An old favorite, I stumbled upon this recipe in a fluke email and didn’t look back. I never add raisins or walnuts to my cookies, but I love the addition of oatmeal. In this case, the blended oatmeal creates a wonderful, subtle texture and nutty flavor that is unusually satisfying.

7. Martha Stewart’s Alexis’ Favorite Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies: Vastly different from the delicate Thin and Crisp variety, these cookies are frisbee-style cakey cookies similar to those found in coffeehouses around the country. I love the deeper flavor they get from the larger than usual amount of brown sugar. I’ll admit, when we are feeling indulgent I whip up a batch of these and dip one, piece by piece, in a tall glass of milk. They also hold up well when traveling because they are so large and sturdy.

8. Tate’s Chocolate Chip Cookies: It is rare that you can recreate a packaged product from scratch at home, but with this recipe you can. Kathleen’s well-balanced chocolate chip cookies are generated by this very same recipe. So, either buy them in the store or make them at home – your choice! An all-around great cookie, I like to sprinkle a little extra salt on top and take them to summer picnics.

9. Scharffen Berger’s House Recipe: Leave it to the chocolate experts to come up with one heck of a decadent cookie. More sophisticated then most, these cookies call for a variety of Scharffen Berger chocolate (a brand which I highly endorse), creating a multi-layered chocolate flavor. I recommend using the bittersweet chocolate chips and serving these with coffee to adults.

10. Chocolate Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies from Park Avenue Potluck: Great cookies with playful flavors, I love how these caramelize when baking. The generous dose of cinnamon gives them a warm comforting taste and aroma, making them perfect for baking at home with children and munching on a cold winter day. They are also excellent for taking into school or the office – colleagues always love the unusual flavor twist.

11. Ashley’s Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies from Food52: Ashley’s cookie recipe has gained immense popularity in recent years with good reason. It has intense toffee flavors, is soft and sturdy, and studded with chunks of chopped chocolate all sprinkled with a generous dose of French sea salt. If you are feeling lazy, or want to send a friend an amazing gift, you can even buy the mix on her website. If you can’t wait that long simply whip this up today and I promise you’ll fall instantly in love.