Jacques Torres’ Secret Chocolate Chip Cookies

If I had to choose ONE standout chocolate chip cookie recipe from all that I’ve baked, it would be Jacques Torres’ Secret Chocolate Chip Cookies. Perfect in every way!

Jacques Torres Secret Chocolate Chip Cookies Truly the BEST chocolate chip cookie recipe!

Secret Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is the recipe that convinced the hubby I needed a larger KitchenAid mixer for my birthday. He’ll do anything for more chocolate chip cookies. There are a couple secrets to these cookies. First, the combination of bread flour and pastry (or cake) flour instead of all purpose. Then there’s the overnight (or longer) chilling of the dough. 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!

These Trump Nestles’ Tollhouse 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 these. 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. As you can see below, my youngest couldn’t wait until they were cool to sink his teeth into the gooey chocolate.

Jacques Torres Secret Chocolate Chip Cookies Truly the BEST chocolate chip cookie recipe!

Use Top of the Line Chocolate

When I first started baking these, I used 3 bags of semi sweet morsels instead of the recommended chocolate disks. I finally found these Guittard chocolate disks or fèves at Sur la Table. They’re another reason these are the BEST chocolate chip cookies.  The final product has 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 these babies!!
Jacques Torres Secret Chocolate Chip Cookies Truly the BEST chocolate chip cookie recipe!

Jacques Torres' Secret Chocolate Chip Cookies

Serves 3 dozen large cookies     adjust servings

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins

Jacques Torres Secret Chocolate Chip Cookies made famous via the NYT


  • 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 flours, baking powder, baking soda and vanilla; mix until well combined. Fold in chocolate, making sure to distribute well.
  2. Cover and refrigerate dough overnight or up to 72 hours.
  3. Before baking, bring 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.


Recipe Notes

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 Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 4521kcal Calories from fat 2009
% Daily Value
Total Fat 223g 343%
Saturated Fat 134g 670%
Transfat 5g
Cholesterol 573mg 191%
Sodium 2409mg 100%
Carbohydrate 629g 210%
Dietary Fiber 24g 96%
Sugars 389g
Protein 51g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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Jacques Torres Secret Chocolate Chip Cookies Truly the BEST chocolate chip cookie recipe!


  1. Liz … Alex loves these cookies too!

  2. Liz…Those cookies sound great!!!!! My daughter and husband will probably eat the whole batch, they are their absolute favourite. Thanks for sharing. 🙂 Great pictures.

  3. I’m moving to your neighborhood so you can throw me a sample now and then, those cookies look a.maz.ing!

  4. Start packing, Julie!

  5. Thanks, Sandra and Erica!!!

  6. These look delicious (as do all of your desserts). But where do you find the pastry flour? Thanks!

  7. Christina…I just use cake flour…which I can find in the bakery aisle of my grocery store. Swan’s Down or Softasilk are two brands I can find around here.

  8. Ok, thanks! I wondered if that might be a possible substitute, but it’s reassuring to hear that you’ve tried cake flour and it worked out well. Your blog is really great – everything you make looks yummy.

  9. You are welcome, Susan! Hope you enjoy~

  10. Elies_Lie says:

    I would loe to have this for breakfast! can I? 😀

  11. The Cooking Actress says:

    Mmmmm yum!!! I had a Jacques Torres cookie here in the city the other day and it was delicious—but honestly the chocolate was pretty much the only thing I could taste. Delicious chocolate, though! 😛

  12. Ramona W says:

    Wow! These cookies sound amazing! Definitely bookmarking these to try. I want to sink my teeth into them too.

  13. Those look like the perfect, classic chocolate chip cookies. I want some right now! I tend to make Kim Boyce’s whole wheat chocolate chip cookies most often, but sometimes nothing but the classic version will do.

  14. Vicki Williams says:

    Do you use light or dark brown sugar?
    PS; I am a good friend of Suzanne B. 🙂
    Love your website

  15. Hi, just came across this recipe and I want to try it. I just want to confirm that there are 2 pounds of chocolate disks used. Therefore 900 grams……I find it high but maybe that´s the trick?!?!

    • Yes, that’s correct! It makes a huge batch of cookies. There are smaller batches of this cookie recipe using only 2 cups of both flours and less chocolate chips if you google Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip Cookies. You’ll love these!

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