Rumor has it August 4th is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. That sounds like a holiday we can get behind. In case you missed it (how could you have missed it?) I am on a quest to find the best chocolate chip cookie in 2019. There have been highs and lows, but I’ll do just about anything (involving eating chocolate chip cookies) for you people. It’s a tough job. Anyway, to help you celebrate, I’ve listed out my favorites. More to come with the rest of the year, including the recipe I’m fine-tuning, but this should be plenty to tide you over.
Best of the Internet
Nestle Toll House Cookie
Guys, we need to start by addressing the elephant in the room. Nestle pretty much cracked the code with this chocolate chip cookie recipe. I mean, it’s so easy you can do it with kids. You can make bars instead of cookies. You can stick it in the freezer and eat the dough* when you’re feeling sad/happy/PMSy/bored. It’s kinda perfection.
* Of course, I’m not supposed to condone eating raw cookie dough, but… I’m not a hypocrite. Do as I say, not as I do. 😉
Americans Test Kitchen Cookie
Then again, if America’s Test Kitchen tells you they have the world’s best chocolate chip cookie recipe, you’ve got to give it a shot. I love this one for the richness of the brown butter. I go a step further into making these grown-up cookies by using a mix of dark chocolate and semi-sweet chips. You’re welcome.
Martha’s Skillet Cookie
Sometimes you want to bake a gigantic cookie and put ice cream on top and eat it all in one sitting. Sometimes you do this for a birthday party. Sometimes as the end of a cozy soup night ith the fam. Other times it was a long day at work, your mom keeps nagging you to call your grandma, and the car needs $1000 of work. Martha’s got your back no matter what the reason.
Healthy-ish Cookies from My Old Blog
I’m not one for dieting, but when I do give it the old college try, I still can’t kick my cookie habit. These cookies which I first made during my short stint on Weight Watchers check the chocolatey and sweet boxes but aren’t nearly as bad for you as any of the above. Win, win! (P.S. This is a blog post I wrote in 2014. I’ve been on brand for a while!)
Best of the Books
Pioneer Woman’s Dinnertime Cookbook
Ree Drummond is someone you love or hate, but I promise everyone will love these cookies (and pretty much everything else from this Dinnertime cookbook! It’s a good one for everything from freezer stocking to dinner club.) This recipe once again uses brown butter, but also ups the anty with a smidge of instant coffee. The online recipe doesn’t suggest it, but in the cookbook, she has you freeze the dough. This time in the cold helps the flavors marry a little more and well…yum.
Stop and Smell the Rosemary Cookbook
Y’all, I’m a firm believer that the junior league and church group fundraiser cookbooks always have the best recipes. This one from the Junior League of Houston is chock full of delicious treats. (I’m sure there are great actual entrees in there, too, but I got this cookbook in 2002 when I was only baking at home. Some day I’ll do a round up like this for salad… Someday. 😉 )The cookie I’d recommend in here is the A+ Cookie. It’s technically more of a monster cookie since you also add M&Ms, nuts, or potato chips (yeh, really), but its close enough I had to include it.
P.S. Get the book for the cookies, stay for the pie selection, particularly the toffee pecan. That’s my Thanksgiving go to!
Happiness Is Baking Cookbook
This book by Maida Heatter has a billion and one dessert recipes from the easiest drop cookie to the fanciest three layer cake. It includes FIVE chocolate chip cookie recipes, including one entitled “Positively-the-Absolutely-Best-Chocolate-Chip-Cookies”. We had to try that, right? This one uses more chocolate chips than normal and has a special trick with the baking soda. (Mix 1 tsp of baking soda with 1 tsp of hot water and add to dough before the flour and salt.) These were fluffier than others and held up well after a week or so. I will say recipes in this book are more intesive than my usual cookbooks, so great for an afternoon lost in the kitchen. Not so good for Mommy and Me baking sessions.
Eat Delicious Cookbook
I know I’ve already told you guys my love of the Eat Delicious cookbook by Dennis Prescott, but we need to bring it back up again to talk about his “My Mom’s Chocolate Chip Cookies.” These cookies used mini-chips which for some reason kind of blew my mind. It only makes a dozen cookies, so it’s perfect for when you just want a little treat and not temptation sitting around for days.
Milwaukee Area Bakery Cookies
In case you ever want a cookie but don’t want the dirty dishes, you’d be pleased to know Milwaukee has no shortage of yummy chocolate chip cookies. I’m still morning the loss of the Friday cookies from Treat Bake shop (Sarah, please come back!), but these are also great!
- Miss Molly’s Cafe in Tosa
- C Adams Bakery at the Milwaukee Public Market
- Griege in Walker’s Point
- Hatched at farmers markets and coffee shops near you
So that’s what I’ve got so far, but the year is only half over. What other cookies must we try?? Would love to hear about your favorites!