Thomas Keller Has a Recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies? Yes. Please.

For the next cookie in my assignment to find the best chocolate chip cookie, I used a recipe that I found on Serious Eats.  Not only did the pictures look delicious but it is a adapted from a recipe in Thomas Keller‘s cookbook Ad Hoc at Home.  How could that be bad?

This recipe called for two different chocolate percentages.  I had to improvise here.  The recipe calls for 55% chocolate and 70%-72% chocolate.  I was not able to find 55% chocolate during our baking supplies shopping trip.  So, I rounded up to 60% and had to hope that that would not change the recipe too much.  It’s only 5%.  5% can’t do too much, right?

I don’t know that I’ve ever used this much dark brown sugar before and let me tell you, you know instantly that you are using dark brown sugar.  The kitchen quickly smelled of molasses as soon as I opened the bag.  And that is not a bad smell at all.

There was a step that I definitely did not do.  The recipe requires you to remove any chocolate “dust” before adding the chip-size pieces.  I did not do that.  I’m guessing that this step makes a more uniform cookie in both taste and look, however, when it’s just me and Ryan eating the cookies I want to be sure that every little spec of the 5 ounces of each chocolate is in my cookies.  Don’t try to take away chocolate from me.  Even if it’s just chocolate dust.

As you may have guessed, I learned my lesson from the first batch of cookies.  I spaced these out because I knew that they would spread out like crazy and didn’t want to get stuck with another batch of chocolate chip cookie pizzas.

The finished cookie:  This is an absolutely delicious cookie, however, if you do not have a glass of milk ready to go do not start eating until that glass is prepped.  As soon as I took my first bite, I wanted a huge glass of milk.  That’s not a bad thing.  That’s a great thing.  I’m a little weirded out by the lack of vanilla and might try to add in some the next time that I make these.  My cookies did not turn out a puffy as the ones pictured on the site, but there were other comments posted on that page that lead me to believe that that has happened to other people who tried these.  But, yes, these are delicious.

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