Happy Labor Day! I have been on a healthy kick of late, but everyone needs a treat now and again, especially on a holiday! If you have a cheat day coming up (or just want an amazing treat!), put these on your list. (BF and I actually ended up just splitting one cookie and sharing the rest with our co-workers just to satisfy the craving). I think it is hard to beat the original Nestle Tollhouse recipe but these take chocolate chip cookies to a whole new level! Start with disks of Valrhona Dark Chocolate, add it to perfect dough, then use a unique technique to get a cookie soft in the middle and crunchy on the edges…can you say YUM?! These cookies are generous in size, so you may only get a dozen or so out of a batch. We have been searching for this recipe for over a year. The idea came from a mix that has now been discontinued. Be prepared to be patient and prep the dough ahead to allow to cool. These really are worth the wait!
Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 cups minus 2 Tablespoons of cake flour
1 2/3 cups bread flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1 ¼ teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon coarse salt (we used kosher)
2 ½ sticks softened butter
1 ¼ cups packed brown sugar
1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
2 Tablespoons heavy cream or milk
2 Tablespoons pure vanilla extract
Pinch of pink salt
~2 cups dark chocolate disks (we found ours at Whole Foods and used 60% dark and 64% Valrhona disks)
- Sift together both kinds of flour, baking soda, and baking powder into a small bowl. Stir in coarse salt.
- In a large bowl, cream the butter and both kinds of sugar until fluffy.
- Blend in eggs, cream and vanilla. Fold in dry ingredients.
Break up some of the chips in a food processor. You will end up with a variety of sizes with lots of whole disks. Think about what you like, but those disks will give you pockets of chocolate and some pretty decoration on the top! It will look like A LOT of chocolate, but ends up being just right.
- Cover tightly with plastic wrap and let chill in the refrigerator for 1-24 hours. Yes, 24 hours! We actually rushed it by putting this in the freezer for half an hour, but I think it is worth waiting the full 24.
Preheat oven to 375°. Line two cookie sheets with a silpat or parchment paper.
- Scoop dough and form into disks (about 2-3″ in diameter). Stack a smaller disk on top of the bottom disk like you are building a snowman…the yummiest snowman ever! This is what really gives you the soft, gooey center with a crispy edge.
Sprinkle each cookie lightly with pink salt. Chill another 10 minutes on the pan before baking.
Bake one sheet at a time on the lowest rack for 13 minutes rotate 180° after 6 minutes.
- Look for a light blonde center with brown edges. (See the salt? That might be the biggest key to these!)
Grab a cold glass of milk and enjoy!