Like a crunchy cookie? Then walk away right now, because this recipe is about soft, buttery, melted chocolate perfection. A lifelong quest for the best chocolate chip cookie has led me to this simple, sublime recipe, tested, refined, sampled, and resampled many times over. Are there other great cookies? Sure, but this one tops my list. The keys: high-quality chunks of chocolate and gentle, one might say, under-baking.
This recipe makes a double batch, so unless you’re feeding a big pack, cooking part of the dough and freezing the rest works well. That way you can pop out the dough anytime you want fresh-baked cookies. I roll the dough into “logs,” wrap them in wax paper, and freeze the ones I’m not ready to bake. The frozen log can be sliced into thick cookies, baked, and ready to eat within 12 minutes. If you plan to cook the cookies without freezing them first, chilling them in the refrigerator for an hour before baking produces the best results. You can use chocolate chips instead of chocolate bars, but high-quality, chunky chocolate really enhances this recipe.
- 3 large eggs
- 1 pound (4 sticks) butter, softened
- 1 16 oz package brown sugar
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 Tbs vanilla
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 6 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
- 5 high-quality 3.5 oz chocolate bars, chopped into chunks (dark or milk or a mixture of both)
- 16 oz chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Beat eggs until fluffy in a KitchenAid or very large bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed. At low speed, beat in butter, sugars, vanilla, salt, and baking soda. With a heavy duty spoon, stir in flour, chocolate, and walnuts. Consider this strenuous stirring your precookie-eating workout.
Bake cookies for 8–9 minutes on cookie sheet. If frozen, bake cookies approximately 12–14 minutes. Since all ovens and pans differ, for gooiest, moistest results, watch them closely while baking and remove the cookies when they still look doughy and are not browning. They will look not quite done but harden slightly as they cool and be delicious and stay fresh and moist for several days.