My Favorite Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Graduation is today. Notice the lack of an exclamation point.

I’ve never felt so incredibly underwhelmed about graduation. It is likely due to the fact that after every previous graduation (highschool and undergrad) I had the next step solidified, but now I am in limbo. It is a very helpless feeling not knowing whether you will get a job soon, where you are going to live, or how you are going to pay your bills. I am in a constant state of (barely) subdued panic. Of course my family has offered to take me in during my down time but I can’t expect them to pay my bills too (as I will likely need to rent a storage unit until I know where I am moving). Thankfully, I have been saving some money over the course of my 6.5 years in grad school and am hoping it’ll be help tide me over. Definitely not enough to live off of for longer than a month though. Transitioning to the real world stinks.

Also, despite the fact that I have been looking forward to moving out of Memphis for years I am now not liking the idea of leaving. Driving into lab the other day it struck me hard that all the people and things I love about Memphis will soon no longer be at my finger tips. Eventually I hope to be moving closer to those that I had previously moved further away from, but it doesn’t change the fact that moving sucks. I’ve been here for 6.5 years and it feels like I am being suddenly removed and my day-to-day life is about to implode. All of these realizations have been putting a damper on my ability to be excited about graduation. (Although I must admit it’s been hard not to flap my wings around like a bird in my graduation regalia – such huge sleeves!)

As a distraction, I have been working on perfecting my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe for quite some time now. I nailed it a couple weeks ago but had to remake them because my friends inhaled them when they were in town visiting – a good sign though! And probably a smart idea to make sure I could reproduce them anyway. What did I do differently than in the past? I made some small changes that didn’t effect them too much such as reducing the brown sugar down to 1 cup and increasing the white to 1/2 cup. I have alternated between this and the original and haven’t noticed much difference. I also used mini semisweet chocolate chips instead of a mix of the regular sized ones, but type doesn’t matter it’s the quantity. I did notice however that when I once made these with only 2 cups (instead of the usual 3) they spread out more. The chocolate must aid in binding the dough together. I also felt like I got more consistent results using silicone baking mats versus parchment paper, but not drastic enough to swear off parchment.

My Favorite Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies 1

The biggest changes came with refrigeration and the bake time. I refrigerate this dough for at least 24 hours and  have had great results even after being in there for a week! The next tricks are to make the dough balls slightly taller than wide, to reduce spreading, and finally – underbake! They will be very soft to the point that if you try to move them off the cookie sheet right away they will mush up. Be patient and let them cool for 10 minutes before moving to a cooling rack. Finally, I found that they were even better the second day after being sealed in an air-tight container.

My Favorite Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies 2

Two years ago: Ron’s Chili

Three years ago: Oven-Fried Onion Rings

CHEWY CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

Makes approximately 4 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled

1 cup packed dark brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

1 Tbsp vanilla extract

1 egg + 1 yolk, room temperature

3 cups mini or regular semisweet chocolate chips (or 1 cup each semisweet, peanut butter, and white chocolate chips)

Directions:

  1. Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together the melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar until well blended. Beat in the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until light and creamy. Mix in the sifted ingredients in three batches until just blended. Fold in the chips by hand.
  3. Rolls 2 tablespoons of dough into a ball that is slightly taller than wide and place on a plate or tray. Cover tightly and chill for at least 2 hours, but overnight for best results (I’ve refrigerated for up to a week).
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line cookie sheets with silicone baking mats (or parchment paper); set aside.
  5. Place cookie dough onto the prepared cookie sheets, about 2 inches apart.
  6. Bake for 8 minutes or until edges are barely golden (will look underbaked). Cool on baking sheets for 10 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely. Store at room temperature in an airtight container.

Source: Adapted slightly from my Big, Fat, Chewy Multichip cookies.

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22 Responses to “My Favorite Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  • Congratulations on graduation!! The cookies look like a delicious distraction to facing reality.

  • These. Look. Perfect.

    Also – congrats on graduation, regardless of the lack of exclamation. Totally know where you’re coming from on the limbo thing, but you should be super proud of this accomplishment. And flap those wings!

  • Don’t worry about not running in circles and busting high kicks – you can celebrate graduating in any way you see fit! And the limbo thing is totally weird….I actually went BACK to school because of it! haha Also, these cookies truly look perfect Erin! Love the recipe.

  • These look amazing! I’m glad that you found your perfect chocolate chip cookie! And congratulations on graduation, that is a huge accomplishment!

  • congrats grad–maybe you feel underwhelmed but it’s still a huge accomplishment! exciting things ahead!

  • these look amazing. i am a huge ccc fan!!!! all the pieces will soon fall into place i’m sure ;-)

  • transitioning from school to real world effing SUCKS. Good luck hun, I know you’ll maneuver these waters well, even if you seem overwhelmed.

    and these cookies look so great, so classic, love em!

  • Susan:

    Erin, I feel for you about your limbo. We’re getting ready to take off on a long trip, and I’ve been in great suspense about whether I would get my camera back (thanks to phone calls by my husband I did) or if i’d get my snorkel mask back with the prescription lenses 9I’ve got it, but without prescription lenses) and now we’re waiting on FedEx labels for shipping luggage… thanks to the weather (we’re supposed to get those tags a week ahead of time, but they’re not here yet and pick up is Tuesday. The one thing I can assure you of, at least from my point of view, is that retirement is wonderful, not underwhelming – it’s wonderful, especially when you have plenty of outside interests. I know that’s a long way off for you, but at least it’s something you can look forward to. :-)

  • Congrats on finishing and graduating. You definitely deserve a little celebration, even if you feel stuck. I went the PostDoc route because I found it easier to get a postdoc than a job. Then you can be a postdoc for as long as your new professor will have you.

    (Novartis (NIBR) is on a major hiring spree if that fits your experience? They need people in Cambridge to work in oncology & translational biology, can you do an ELISA? :) )

  • That limbo does seem hard. I know a few people who are going through it at the moment and who had to move back in with families also while they search…not ideal but better than the alternative! You’ll find something!! I have confidence.

  • Megan:

    First off, congrats on graduating! I’m super excited for you:)
    I just got finished making these cookies, and sadly they didn’t turn out at all like they should have. I followed the recipe step by step, but my cookies are the total opposite of chewy…they are rather crunchy. Also, they spread out in a very weird way, so they’re super thin. I even turned the oven down to 350 and let them bake for a minute less for the second half of the batch, and I still got the same result; thin, brown, and crunchy. Any tips or advice as to what I may have done wrong? The only thing I can think of is that I didn’t use parchment paper. I don’t have any in the house at the time, so I just baked them straight on the cookie sheets. If you have any extra tips, I’d love to have them! Thanks!

    • spiffycookie:

      Thanks for the congrats! I am sorry these did not turn out for you. I am uncertain what could have gone wrong if you used the exact same ingredients and followed the steps exactly. It could be differences between the types of cookie sheets or even the oven – not all ovens bake at the temperatures they claim (and I am not excluding mine from this). I will admit I have noticed that my cookies do spread a little more when I don’t use a silpat or parchment paper. But it shouldn’t have caused that drastic of a change. One suggestion: try scooping the dough prior to refrigeration, then place straight onto the cookie sheets and bake. Being colder may help them spread less.

  • Ifdy:

    Just wanted to tell you I just baked these cookies and they came out FANTASTIC! They’re chewy, gooey, chocolatey, and delicious!

  • Miraj:

    just made it. and it came out excellent. thank you for sharing and your honesty! :)

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  • Flutterbye:

    OMGosh I’ve been looking ALL over for the perfect cookie recipe and I have FINALLY found it!!!!!!!! Sooooo So good! I followed the recipe exactly as written. I can throw away all my other recipes..seriously! Thank u for such an awesome recipe!! My husband and 4 kids loved them as well =)

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