Cook’s Illustrated Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies: Secret Recipe Club

   I am so glad that we are back in the swing of things with The Secret Recipe Club!  The club took last month off and while I thought I needed a break, I really ended up missing it!  This month I got to explore Patricia’s blog ButterYum.  I had such a good time looking around.  Her blog design is very clean and simple and I loved it.  There were so many incredible recipes to choose from including Caramelized Onion and Bacon Dip, Chocolate and Vanilla Linzer Hearts, and Chocolate Biscuit Cake.

    The recipe that really caught my eye was the Cook’s Illustrated Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie.  I’ve had my eye on this recipe since my husband bought me a subscription for Christmas and I was only too happy to try it out.  My favorite part of the recipe is the browning of the butter.  I’m not sure exactly what it does to this recipe but the results were amazing.  As my husband bit into it he immediately knew it wasn’t my usual cookie recipe.  He and I both thought it was so much better then the recipe I normally use.

     The cookies were larger then the ones I normally make.  They were just crisp on the edges then soft and chewy on the inside.  The cookies were buttery and filled with chocolate goodness.  I’ve officially changed my “go to” chocolate chip cookie recipe.  This is my new favorite chocolate chip cookie!

Cook’s Illustrated Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie (recipe from ButterYum)
1 3/4 c. flour
1/2 t. baking soda
14 T. unsalted butter
1/2 c. sugar
3/4 c. packed brown sugar
1 t. salt
1 t. vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 1/2 c. chocolate chips

1.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.

2.  In a medium mixing bowl combine the flour and baking soda, set aside.

3.  In a medium sized skillet heat the butter over medium high heat.  Swirl the butter around in the pan until it has melted and has started to brown.  The butter will have a nutty smell.  Remove from heat and pour into a large heatproof mixing bowl.

4.  Add the sugar and brown sugar to the butter and mix well.  Whisk in the salt and vanilla.  Add both eggs and whisk for 1 minutes.  Let the mixture rest for 5 minutes then whisk for another minute or until the mixture is shiny and smooth.

5.  Pour the flour mixture into the wet ingredients and stir well until completely combined.  Stir in the chocolate chips. 

6.  Drop by heaping tablespoon onto the baking sheets.  The batter should make about 16 large cookies.

7.  Bake the cookies one cookie sheet at a time for 10-15 minutes or until the edges are golden brown but the centers still look soft. 

8.  Allow the cookies to cool on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes then remove to a wire cooling rack to finish cooling.

This post linked to:
Meatless Mondays, Mangia Monday, What Makes You Say Mmmm
Making You Crave Monday, Mouth Watering Monday


  1. I’ve heard so much good about the CI chocolate chip cookies. They sound pretty life-changing, that’s for sure!

  2. Hi Hezzi – it’s very nice to “meet” you! I’m so glad you and your hubby like the recipe so much. Thanks for your kind comments too. I hope you have a great week!!


    PS – if you have time, I’d love if you would stop by and visit my SRC Post for Giant Chocolate Toffee Cookies.

  3. PS – when you brown the butter, it develops a toasty nutty flavor. It’s a technique the French use often. Yummy stuff.

  4. Mmm… you photos made me hungry. I tried this recipe straight out of Cook’s Illustrated and I can’t say it was my favorite, but your batch makes me want to lick my screen.

  5. I do love a good chocolate chip cookie and yours look beautiful!

  6. Gotta love a great chocolate chip cookie recipe and I’ll have to give it a try as I know the flavor of the browned butter must add so much.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my Group ‘A’ SRC entry: Crunchy Fudgy Heart Bites

    Cook Lisa Cook

  7. She does have a great blog, doesn’t she! These look great! Browned butter makes such a difference!

  8. [note: don't think my first comment published...]

    Those cookies do look amazing. I’ve done a couple of CI recipes and they were both very successful. One of them was even a video, and it was done very well (and I hate cooking videos, dunno why, just find them annoying).

    Great job!

  9. Lots of cookie recipes in Group B this month! I’d love if you check our my new site February is oranges month so if you have any orange recipes, we’d love if you’d link up!

  10. This dessert looks great! I would love it if you linked up this recipe to my blog hop for a chance to win a cookbook prize package:

  11. i thought those looked familiar! These cookies are SO similar to the ones my mom makes. And I adore the mushy cakey inside with the crisp edges outside. I’ve posted their recipe here:

    Out of curiosity, was there no milk in your recipe?

  12. I love how you melted the butter in a skillet! I bet these cookies taste good!!

  13. Wow the cookies look absolutely delicious, what a great choice for SRC! :)

  14. I am a huge CI fan. No doubt these are amazing! If you like sugar cookies, do try theirs as well. They are the best I’ve ever had.

    Very nice blog:) Lots of great recipes! When you have minute please stop by and visit me.


  15. They look perfect indeed…great recipe!

  16. Making cookie now delicous yumm yumm yumm these are some top notch cookies especially in my tummy

  17. Great recipe..looking perfect!

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