Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The Perfect Cookie

My husband was reading the NY times, as he is wont to do, and came across this article on making the perfect chocolate chip cookie.  To be honest I haven't read the entire article, but apparently the article gives a brief history of the chocolate chip cookie and defers to several experts in the field of cookie making for some helpful tips to cookie perfection.  Then there is a recipe adapted from Jacques Torres that is supposedly "the perfect cookie."  (I'm not sure it says that in the article, it's just what B kept telling me).  Well B made the cookies and like everything he does they turned out excellent.  I don't know if you can tell from these pictures but they are quite large and extremely perfect looking.  They definitely look like cookies you would buy from a fancy bakery or ...Starbucks.  And of course they taste great.  




Like most recipes posted in the Times this is not for lightweights.  It calls for 2 different kinds of flour (bread and cake--although in the interest of full disclosure B couldn't wait to track down the right flour and went ahead and used all purpose for this batch.  However we have located bread and pastry flour (closest we could find to cake) for his next batch), sea salt and very specific chocolate chips.  Additionally, the measurements are something like "2 cups minus 2 tablespoons flour" and the final step (and apparently the most important) is the dough must be refrigerated for 24-36 hours.  Cookie dough left in my presence for over 24 hours? That's like giving Amy Winehouse the key to the liquor cabinet for safekeeping.  In the end, it was worth it.  Don't get me wrong I still love the classic Tollhouse and I don't know that these cookies are gonna bring about world peace any time soon, but they're good.  Really good.  So, if you think you can hack it go ahead and give it a try here.  Good luck!  

10 comments:

  1. Didn't Amy Winehouse go to rehab? I'd have to agree- if she is clean, then these cookies are fat free.

    Looks like a tough recipe. I'll have to convince my mom to make them while she is in town.

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  2. Yes I believe Ms. Winehouse has been in and out of rehab...(I was comparing my penchant for cookie dough to her preference to liquor. I'm sure you caugh that, but just in case.) It's not that it's super tough, just a little more involved than most recipes...and who likes to wait 1-2 days for the dough to rest? But I bet your mom would be a great cookie maker.

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  3. Those look beautiful.

    Perhaps I can get Eric to make them. He seems to be obsessed with recipes from the times. A few months ago he saw a recipe for "perfect brownies" in the times, and now offers to make them every time we need to take a food offering to a party.

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  4. Don't worry, I caught it. And I am sure you caught that I was also making a reference to her hit song coincidentally titled "Rehab".

    Here is the thing about the cookies- my mom makes a full batch of dough, then cooks only half, refrigerating the rest for another time. I always thought she was crazy for doing that. It seems her madness would work well with this recipe. Eat mediocre cookies now, then in 24-36 hours you get the good stuff.

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  5. Julia--these cookies would be right up your ally! I'm sure you have both kinds of flour and of course the unsalted butter. You guys should definitely make them.

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  6. I saw this recipe and wanted to try it so bad...until I read that you had to refrigerate the dough for a day! You guys deserve an award for patience. Last time we make cookies they didn't even become cookies, we just ate the dough.

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  7. Thanks a lot.

    I am glad to know that they did turn out good. I remember the rave revolving around Neiman Marcus cookies and the chain email/letter going around. When I finally ate one I remember thinking -- that is what that was all about?

    Everyone likes their chocolate chip cookies a little different I have figured out. I would be interested to try these out to test them against my sure-fire simple recipe.

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  8. and they also look great on that plate.

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  9. Likely--I have to admit and maybe it's not clear in the post, but I wasn't super-blown away. After all it's just a cookie right? They're good, but like I said I still like the Tollhouse recipe just the same. I'll let you know if they're different using the "real" ingredients.

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  10. Too bad my cookie-making skills are below average...otherwise I might put in the time and effort to make these. :) Too bad I don't have a husband who makes cookies instead!

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