So this one night, when my brother and I were teenagers, we were driving home from a dance. (Well, my brother was driving.) It was raining and stormy and hard to see and my brother was jamming out to the radio, singing dramatically, basically every parent’s worst nightmare. We went around a sharp turn way too fast and lost control. I was certain we were going to die. My brother almost killed me. Miraculously, we didn’t die. Instead, we were heading straight for a field with a long row of trees and slid right in between two of them until we came to a stop. He looked at me. I was OK. He was OK. The car was OK. No need to tell the parents, right? Of course right. Until now. Mother and father, my bro crashed your car once.
My brother got married last weekend. It was a spectacular affair. The night before their wedding, my brother orchestrated a concert/storytelling night. There were beautiful songs, and a few stories. He directed me to tell some funny stories about him. I used this moment to tell this car-crashing story that we had sworn each other to secrecy about many years ago. Seemed like an apropos time, right?
You know what it’s also an appropriate time for? COOKIES. More cookies.
I’ve been making this recipe for years, so I thought it’s about time I shared it with you. If you haven’t had the pleasure of tasting the famous NY Times Chocolate Chip cookies, now is your chance. The recipe originally comes from Jacques Torres and was published in the NY Times a whopping 5 years ago. It stands the test of time.
I strongly recommend the use of a kitchen scale for these cookies. I’m guessing great pains were taken to determine the amount of flour needed for this ULTIMATE recipe, so I always use my kitchen scale when measuring my ingredients for this recipe.
This recipe is a bit more involved than your regular, off-the-back-of-the-chocolate-chips-bag recipe. But. It makes them that much better. These cookies don’t get flat. It’s amazing! And the combination of the saltier dough with the dark chocolate is something to be savored. Beware: the dough must be refrigerated for at least 4 hours before baking (the original recipe says 24 hours, but I’ve found an impatient 4 hours works just fine).
Stir together your dry ingredients.
NY Times Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes about 3 dozen large cookies
2 cups minus 2 tablespoons (8 1/2 ounces) cake flour (or 8 1/2 ounces all-purpose)
1 2/3 cups (8 1/2 ounces) bread flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
2 1/2 sticks (1 1/4 cups) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/4 cups (10 ounces) brown sugar
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (8 ounces) granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons natural vanilla extract
1 1/4 pounds bittersweet chocolate disks, at least 60 percent cacao content (can buy at Whole Foods or Jacques Torres) OR a combination of dark and semisweet chocolate equalling 1 1/4 pounds, roughly chopped
In a large bowl, mix together the cake flour, bread flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. (If you don’t have all those fancy flours, just substitute 17 ounces unbleached, all-purpose flour.)
In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar for a full 5 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. The butter/sugar mixture should be light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating for 1 minute after each addition, until fully mixed. Add the vanilla extract and beat until combined.
Add the flour mixture to the butter/sugar mixture, and beat for a few seconds until partially mixed. Now remove the mixer from the stand, and mix by hand just until mixed. (It’s OK if you still see some flour flakes—you’ll be mixing a little more when you add the chocolate.)
If you have the bittersweet disks, add them now, and mix gently to distribute them evenly throughout the dough. If you’re using a combination of other chocolate, chop it up, then mix gently to distribute evenly throughout the dough.
Place a piece of plastic wrap directly onto the dough, covering it completely. Then wrap another piece of plastic wrap over the entire bowl, and refrigerate for 4 to 24 hours before baking. (This is key to puffy, non-flat cookies!)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Take 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons of dough, and form into large cookie dough balls. Bake for 15-18 minutes (depending on the size of the cookies) until golden brown on edges. Let cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
Adapted from here