An Ode To The ‘Real’ Chocolate Chip Cookie

You might think you know what a chocolate chip cookie is

And that’s fine

But just for the record

Just for clarity’s sake…and peace too

Let me tell you what it’s not


A chocolate chip cookie is not

Crunchy or crumbly all the way through

Therefore it isn’t Maryland

Or any other brand that does the same

Whatever you may think


Nor does it come in a pack

Emblazoned in blue – ‘Famous Amos’

As Famous as that sounds

And may very well be


It isn’t a sorry excuse for a biscuit

Hard. Evenly shaped

In a sickening shade of brown

That is laced with synthetic vanillin – the fake extract

It is a cookie that barely fits in the palm of a child’s hand

But can’t be quaffed in one, two, or even three bites

It isn’t

It isn’t

It isn’t anything you thought you knew about cookies

If all you ever had was shop-bought

Those aren’t chocolate chip cookies, my friend

Even though they masquerade as such

Chocolate chip cookies are the ‘ish

As far as cookies go

They aren’t all crunch and crumbly

They are soft-centred, crunch-rimmed orbits of goodness

Made lovingly with brown butter (learn how)


They yield to soft, wobbly teeth

Studded with nuggets of goodness aka semi-sweet chocolate chips

And the barest whisper of bitter


They don’t disappoint you

In how thick they are…


Just so…thick


That teeth can sink in

Just right


They stay well mounded on the tray


And bake away into orbs of goodness


Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
A gorgeous, gorgeous chocolate chip cookie with the perfect ratio of chip to dough. My cookie dough varies from the original in a number of ways - I brown butter till it's nutty and full of caramel notes and add a teaspoon full of coffee powder (instant or finely ground). And then we're set.
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4729 calories
671 g
736 g
225 g
47 g
136 g
1079 g
2003 g
453 g
6 g
75 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 4729
Calories from Fat 1961
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 225g
Saturated Fat 136g
Trans Fat 6g
Polyunsaturated Fat 10g
Monounsaturated Fat 65g
Cholesterol 736mg
Sodium 2003mg
Total Carbohydrates 671g
Dietary Fiber 22g
Sugars 453g
Protein 47g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  3. 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  4. 1 teaspoon coffee, instant or fine grounds
  5. 3/4 cup unsalted (brown) butter, melted
  6. 1 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
  7. 1/2 cup white sugar
  8. 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  9. 1 egg
  10. 1 egg yolk
  11. 1 to 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  1. Preheat the oven to 165°C (325°F)
  2. Grease your baking trays lightly with melted butter or line with parchment paper
  3. In a bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. Add the coffee then set aside
  4. In a medium bowl, cream together the melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar until well blended
  5. Beat in the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until light and creamy. Mix in the sifted ingredients until just blended
  6. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand using a wooden spoon. Drop cookie dough 1/4 cup at a time (for giant cookies) or a tablespoon at a time (for smaller cookies) onto the prepared cookie sheets keeping the cookie balls about 3 inches apart - they will spread during baking
  7. Bake larger cookies for 15 to 17 minutes, or 10 to 12 minutes for smaller ones (check your cookies before they’re done; depending on your scoop size, your baking time will vary) in the preheated oven, or until the edges are lightly toasted.
  8. Cool on baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely
  1. My son loves to dunk them in cold milk. I love them with coffee and my daughters love them any which way.
  2. Sometimes, I keep them in the deep freezer and eat from frozen. A whole world of deliciousness, trapped in a cookie. Enjoy
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen
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  1. The science of baking fascinates me, the recipe I use has exactly the same ingredients but with more butter and less sugar. Mine also baked at a higher temp so the middle comes out almost toffee-like.

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