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This recipe is truly the Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe! A few tricks like 2 types of flour and aging the dough make a huge difference. Perfect in every way!

These famous New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies took over Nestles Tollhouse as our family’s favorite cookies. Whether it’s their huge size, fabulous chewy texture or the delicious caramel undertones, this is the Jacques Torres’ Secret Chocolate Chip Cookies you’ll ever find!

Jacques Torres' Secret Chocolate Chip Cookies on a white plate

Jacques Torres’ Secret Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is the recipe that convinced the hubby I needed a larger KitchenAid mixerlarger KitchenAid mixer (affiliate link)for my birthday. He’ll do anything for more chocolate chip cookies. Though fudgy brownies sans nuts are close behind! After his first couple of cookies, he declared this as the best chocolate chip cookie recipe he’s tasted. I must agree.

There are a couple of secrets to making the Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe:

  • First, there is the unusual combination of bread flour and pastry (or cake) flour instead of all-purpose.
  • Also, these are filled with loads of chocolate, but not just ordinary chocolate chips, although those will work in a pinch. But chocolate disks or feves (affiliate links). I find a Guittard version at Sur la Table or Williams-Sonoma.
  • Then there’s the overnight (or longer) chilling of the dough. Up to 3 days is recommended, but at least overnight.

Something magical happens during that time. I’m sure there’s a food chemist out there that could give the rationale, but just trust me. They’re worth the wait!

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NYT Cooking – Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Nestles’ Tollhouse chocolate chip cookies sans nuts are the gold standard for chocolate chip cookies in the Berg household. I have tried all the “best” and “ultimate” recipes and none have come close until finding this NYT Cooking Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe. There was a huge buzz among foodies when this best chocolate chip cookie recipe first appeared in the Times in 2008.

A pound of butter, pastry, and bread flour, plus 2 pounds of chocolate discs equals perfection. The giant mounds of dough bake into bakery-sized cookies with a superb texture. My youngest couldn’t wait until Jacques Torres’ Secret Chocolate Chip Cookies were cool before sinking his teeth into the gooey chocolate.

The New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies with one broken open on a white square plate

How to Make the BEST Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

When I first started baking these, I used 3 bags of semi-sweet morsels instead of the recommended chocolate disks. I finally found Guittard chocolate disks, but chocolate feves work well, too. Cake flour and bread flour (affiliate links) can be found at most supermarkets. They’re another reason these are the BEST chocolate chip cookies.

These homemade chocolate chip cookies had more caramel undertones with the 72-hour chilling time,  but we have trouble being that patient when chocolate is involved! Try for at least overnight. You definitely want to make a batch of the famous Jacques Torres’ Secret Chocolate Chip Cookies!! 

Feel free to use regular chocolate chips if you’re having trouble locating chocolate discs. They’ll still be delicious!

PRO-Tip: You can make your own cake flour if you don’t want to make a trip to the market. I used to do this when I was a teenager baking in my childhood home! For one cup of cake flour, place 1 cup of regular, all-purpose flour in a 1 cup measuring cup. Remove 2 tablespoons and replace that with 2 tablespoons of cornstarch. Sift this mixture a couple of times and use as directed in your recipe. Double or triple as needed for whatever recipe you’re making that calls for cake or pastry flour.

Keys to Making Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies:

In review, these are the keys to making these better than Nestles Tollhouse Cookies.

  • Use a combination of Bread Flour and Cake (or Pastry) Flour
  • Use chocolate discs (affiliate link) instead of chocolate chips. A premium brand is key.
  • Cover and chill the dough for 72 hours. That’s THREE Days! If you cannot wait, at least chill overnight, but try for longer.
  • Make BIG cookies!  I use my largest cookie scoop (affiliate link). That’s 1/4 CUP of dough!
  • Do Not Overbake.
Jacques Torres' Secret Chocolate Chip Cookies on a white plate held by a girl's hands


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The Recipe: Jacques Torres' Secret Chocolate Chip Cookies

Jacques Torres Secret Chocolate Chip Cookies made famous via the NYT

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Yield 36 large cookies


  • 1 pound butter
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 cups plus 2 tablespoons cake flour
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt (1 tablespoon if using unsalted butter)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 pounds 60-percent chocolate semisweet or bittersweet chocolate disks, feves or morsels


  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugars. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Reduce speed to low and add both the cake flour and bread flour, baking powder, baking soda, and vanilla; mix until well combined. Fold in the chocolate making sure to distribute well.
  2. Cover and refrigerate the dough overnight or up to 72 hours.
  3. Before baking, bring the dough out of the refrigerator for about an hour. Preheat oven to 350º. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  4. Using a 4-ounce scoop for larger cookies or a 1-ounce scoop for smaller cookies, scoop cookie dough onto prepared baking sheets, about 2 inches apart. Bake until lightly browned, but still soft,18-20 minutes for larger cookies and 12-15 minutes for smaller cookies. Cool slightly on baking sheets before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.


Yields 26-36 larger cookies or 100 smaller cookies. (Or if you're my sister Katie, it will yield 300 cookies and take you all night to bake!!)

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 291Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 316mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 1gSugar: 27gProtein: 3g


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