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Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip Cookie: The Best Ever?

By Kelsey Banfield |

Jacques Torres Cookies

Do you remember last year when I wrote about my Top 10 Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie recipes? One of them was this recipe from Jacques Torres. I made them again recently and still believe that they are one of the best cookies I’ve ever had. They are chewy, chocolatey, and have amazing texture. To give them an extra-cool marbled look, I used roughly chopped chocolate as the recipe instructed. The little bits of chocolate melt into each nook of the cookie, creating an amazingly layered effect. I’ve also substituted chocolate chips in lieu of chopped chocolate and it works well, too.

So tell me, do you think these are the best chocolate chip cookies? What recipe is your favorite?

Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip Cookies

adapted from the NY Times

3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt

2 1/2 sticks unsalted butter

1 1/4 cups light brown sugar

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (8 ounces) granulated sugar

2 large eggs

2 teaspoons natural vanilla extract

1 1/4 pounds bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

Sea salt

1. In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt and set aside.

2. In an electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugars together until very light and fluff for about 5 minutes. Then, add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla. Reduce speed to low, add dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Stir the chopped chocolate into the dough. Wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate overnight or up to two days.

3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat. Set aside.

4. Scoop large rounds of dough onto a baking sheet, sprinkle them lightly with sea salt, and bake them until golden brown but still soft for 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer sheet to a wire rack for 10 minutes, then slip cookies onto another rack to cool a bit more.

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Kelsey Banfield

Kelsey Banfield is the food writer and the founder of The Naptime Chef. She writes a daily food column for Babble Food and her food writing has also appeared in the places like Parents magazine, and Martha Stewart Living. Kelsey lives in southern Connecticut with her husband and daughter. Read bio and latest posts → Read Kelsey's latest posts →

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4 thoughts on “Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip Cookie: The Best Ever?

  1. Gail says:

    I agree…Jacques Torres’ cookies are the best in NYC! Perfect ratio of dough to chocolate, crisp around the edges, chewier inside, AND….salt. Salt adds that wonderful complexity that makes all the flavors work in harmony.

    Great job, Kelsey!

  2. Kathy - Panini Happy says:

    Yes. These and Alton Brown’s are my two absolute favorites. :-)

  3. Brittany says:

    I hate to sound like a simpleton, but I really like the cookie recipe on the back of Hershey’s Chipits. So delicious and creamy, and they have a really unique flavor.

  4. britt says:

    What sets the Jacques Torres cookies apart from all others is the use of Cake Flour and bread flour combined…

    You should search the original that ran in the NY Times…

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