The following is a review of an extremely scientific experiment designed to determine the better of two chocolate chip cookie recipes. Through rigorous testing and detailed observations, I determined my new go-to cookie recipe.
Just kidding. I (with an assistant) baked the cookies, and then ate them.
Chocolate chip cookies are the best, right?
My Mom and Grandma always used the Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe, and they were never really my favorite. They were fine, but ended up too crispy and dry for my taste. I started using the Triple Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe out of my Williams Sonoma Baking Cookbook, and decided to pit the two against each other.
A few weeks ago, my Mom offered to assist (and my Dad offered to taste test). So she whipped up the Tollhouse recipe.
Creaming the sugar and butter.
Adding the eggs and dry ingredients.
And, of course, I forgot to take a final picture. What resulted was a thin, crispy cookie. Still a good cookie, but just not my favorite. The cookies still got eaten, but I didn’t take many home.
While we were cooking, my Mom and I took a hard look at the two recipes. Here they are side by side.
They’re pretty much the same, as most standard chocolate chip cookie recipes are. Mine adds more chocolate chips. The Tollhouse recipe about 5 dozen cookies, mine only made about 30, so I doubled it for easier comparison.
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter, room temp
- 1 cup golden brown sugar
- 12 tbps granulated sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla
- Chocolate chips.
One thing that struck us was the difference between the ratios of butter and sugar to flour. Less flour would result in a crispier cookie. Too much flour makes it too dense and thick. The amount of sugar can make it too sweet.
The other thing was the amount of baking soda. Baking soda is a leavening agent which makes cookies, cakes, and other yummies rise. My theory was that the added flour and baking soda would make a bigger, thicker cookie. Maybe even softer.
So I made the double batch, and did some tasting.
I definitely preferred the second cookie. I surveyed a few others. Chad said he liked this type, so did my Dad.
So – there you have it. Chocolate Chip Cookies – don’t trust that Tollhouse.
Edit – My Mom just popped in my office to tell me that these are definitely better than the Tollhouse. Yay!