And the winner is….

Back in April, I gave myself the task of finding the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe.  I gathered recipes from different sources and start baking.  So, after baking all of those cookies over the last several months, I have come to a very important conclusion.  Although all of the cookies were really tasty and most were pretty easy to bake, I have decided on two recipes that will probably be by go-to recipes for chocolate chip cookies.

For cookies in a hurry, I will most likely turn to the Martha Stewart recipe that I blogged about here.  It’s a great tasting and simple recipe.  They are easy to put together and a are ready in very little time.

If I know in advance that I will be baking cookies, I will most likely turn to the Serious Eats recipe that used the sea salt that I blogged about here.  This recipe is a bit more complicated and definitely requires some time to finish but each time that I have baked these cookies, they have been a huge (!!!!) hit.

So, there you have it.  My top two choices of the recipes that I tried.  Am I done?  No.  I think that my search for the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe is probably a lifelong journey.  But, do I have a good start?  Definitely.

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Sea Salt and Chocolate

This cookie from Serious Eats had been on my list for awhile.  When I saw this recipe, I instantly thought that it would be delicious.  First, it is adapted from a Jacques Torres recipe.  Second, it combines sea salt and chocolate.  Since this week’s weather has been fairly cool, I decided that it was time to turn on the oven and make some more cookies.

There is one very important thing to keep in mind if you try this recipe.  This is not the recipe to use if you want cookies that same day.  The recipe requires you to keep it in the refrigerator for 24 hours.  I’m not sure exactly what the purpose of that is but I do know that when this dough was very difficult to manage when I was adding the chocolate chips.  It was a very thick, dense dough.  I’m not sure if the 24 hour chill changes the texture at all but I didn’t really notice a difference.

This is the first recipe that I’ve tried that I would probably not use again.  The final taste is really delicious.  Really delicious.  The sea salt on the top is an especially delicious addition.  They are nice and soft in the middle with a light crisp on the edge.  However, trying to get the dough to cooperate was pretty ridiculous.  You  know the texture of the cookie dough blobs in cookie dough ice cream?  That’s what the dough felt like when I was trying to get the dough onto the cookie sheets.  But…..they are delicious.

P.S.  This cookie made a grand entrance at a 4th of July cookout today and they were a big hit.  So, I might not give up on this recipe just yet.  I will probably play around with it a bit to see if I can get the dough to cooperate a bit easier.