Sunday, January 10, 2010

Chocolate chip cookies. Again.

Did I mention that I'm on a quest to find the world's best chocolate chip cookie recipe? No? Well, that's probably because I'm not. But, if you like yours crispy, these could definitely be a contender.

And you make 'em in a food processor. Fun, right? And I used walnuts. I know. But I processed them first so there were just bits of walnuts throughout. I really, really liked the flavor they added without having to chomp through big chunks of walnuts. I admit it: I'm not a fan of walnuts. Which is kind of surprising considering I could, single-handedly, plow my way through a Costco-sized container of mixed nuts. I love mixed nuts. LOVE.

Anyway. This is a great recipe. Crispy, buttery, sweet. I used Ghirardelli chocolate chips. I tried to chop them up a bit, but, as you can see, they were still rather chunky and thus the cookies came out rather chunky as well. For a more consistent shape, I recommend chopping up a bar of high-quality bittersweet chocolate. (Or not so high-quality. Whatever.)

6 oz. (1 cup) bittersweet chocolate (or chips)
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter, sliced
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg yolk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

Throw all ingredients, except nuts and chocolate, into food processor; process until combined. Transfer mixture to a bowl and mix in nuts and chocolate with spoon (wooden, silicone, etc) of your choice. Use a disher to evenly scoop dough onto nonstick baking sheets. (Parchment paper is your friend.) Do not flatten. The butter will do its part in helping the dough spread evenly. Trust me. Bake at 375 degrees for about 12 minutes or until edges are lightly brown. Let cool for a couple of minutes before transferring to cooling racks.

These are the directions as interpreted by yours truly. For the fancy-schmancy book directions, here is a printer-friendly version of the recipe.



  1. Mmmmmmmmmm.......cookies. I LOVE chocolate chip cookies. If only that nice little stack were right here...right now. :)

  2. these look gorgeous and delicious. my fat ass so does not need anymore sweets, but we do have a party coming up this weekend...couldn't hurt to make them for others and then maybe have just ONE...thx for sharing.

  3. Beautiful photo for a great classic!

  4. I like mine soft and dense, so I'll be waiting...

  5. good call on chopping the ghirardelli chips...i have some bags of those and they're HUGE so i feel weird sticking them in cookies. i'll give your method a shot ;)

  6. These look perfect to me! I like my cookies thin and chewy. Thick cookies never cook properly and end up leaving me feel like I'm eating raw dough. I'm not sure how willing I am to pull the food processor out for this one though, seeing as I'm sooo lazy. I just read your twilight posts and you are hilarious! I'm obsessed with the series too, although more so with Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. I'm going to be so mad if they screw up Eclipse. The whole script leaking thing got me sooo worried.

  7. That's it now I need a cookie!

  8. i dont know anyone who has really ended their search for THE chocolate chip cookie but my family loves crispy cookies while i prefer chewy so i am sooo bookmarking your recipe:)

  9. -->I LOVE chocolate chip cookies but only if they're soft. My favorite dessert is brownies. Great, now I'm craving both. ha!

  10. I love chocolate chip cookies and LOVE the photo.

  11. Oh fabulous. Now I want cookies. I was doing so well with my New Year's Resolution to eat better, and not I am foiled by your picture of delicious cookies. The only way I will ever forgive you for this atrocity is if you send me some. :-)

  12. I was thinking about making those cookies since I saw an interview with Rob Pattinson where he said that his favourite cookie is... WHITE CHOCOLATE CHIP! (here's the video;=SeriesPlayList&p;=DEBDFD049E6A1C05)anyway can't wait to bake them and eat while reading New Moon :)