Once upon a time, a long time ago, there was a girl.
This girl had an aversion to sandals, loved wearing colorful eye shadow and dressed like Penelope Garcia meets a ballerina on the regular.
This girl taught herself everything she needed to know about cooking and baking. In fact, she knew how to sear the perfect chicken breast, season things expertly… even roast a Thanksgiving turkey to golden perfection.
But there was one thing she couldn’t do. Okay, two. Okay, three. One: she could not touch her tongue to her elbow to save her life. But I suppose that’s almost entirely irrelevant because I don’t think there’s ever been a situation in the history of the world where someone’s life depended on whether or not their tongue could touch their elbow, and if there was an incident like this I absolutely need to know about it, but I digress. Two: she could not bake a potato for crap. Every potato that emerged from her oven and/or microwave was as hard as a, well, potato. Her family would chisel into the practically-raw root vegetable with no less than a pound of salt and butter on it to mask the fact that they were practically eating undone potato and then gently say, “it’s good! Just a little underdone” as they crunched into the brown blob.
And three: she couldn’t make a perfect chocolate chip cookie. It’s true. Every recipe she made, her cookies turned out like flat flying saucers, all too crispy and flavorless with nothing remotely soft, chewy or gooey about them. This plagued the young girl because she loved sweets and one of her family’s most requested desserts were cookies.
Spoiler alert: that girl was me. But I’m sure you all figured that out because you are all, I’m assuming, very educated people and because I am a terrible mystery writer.
For the longest time, I just couldn’t nail a perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe. And then after lots of trial and errors, I found it. I’ve posted the recipe twice before on my site, but I won’t bother linking to them because the pictures are old and crummy and because THIS is truly THE recipe you need.
- ¾ cup butter, softened to room temperature
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ½ cup white sugar
- 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp instant espresso powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp cornstarch
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (splurge for the good stuff – I like Guittard)
- ½ cup dark chocolate chips
- In a large bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, brown sugar and sugar with a paddle attachment until creamy, about 1 minute. Add in the egg and egg yolk, plus the vanilla and beat to combine. Add in the espresso powder, soda, cornstarch, salt and flour and beat until a soft dough forms. Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Chill the mixture covered in the fridge for at LEAST 2 hours, up to 3 days long. Chilling is mandatory and prevents spreading the cookie dough.