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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 delicious caramel undertones, Jacques Torres’ Secret Chocolate Chip Cookies are the best you’ll ever taste!

Jacques Torres' Secret Chocolate Chip Cookies on a white plate

Why You Should Make

  • My husband offered to buy me a larger stand mixer so I could make these more often! He adores these cookies
  • After his first couple of cookies, he declared this as the best chocolate chip cookie recipe he’s tasted. My knitting friends who taste tested them agreed!
  • These are BIG cookies, packed with chocolate. The method and ingredients are a bit unorthodox, but the results are outstanding.

Recipe Secrets:

  • First, there is the unusual combination of bread flour and pastry (or cake) flour instead of ordinary all-purpose flour.
  • 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!

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe in a white bowl

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.

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

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 the cookies were cool before sinking his teeth into the gooey chocolate.

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, also known as chocolate feves, depending on the brand. Cake flour and bread flour (affiliate links) can be found at most supermarkets. Using a combination of flour types is 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 parents’ kitchen! 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.
  • Have your eggs and butter at room temperature for easy incorporation.
  • Use chocolate discs (affiliate link) instead of chocolate chips. A premium brand is key.
  • I’ve also used another favorite chocolate, Sharffen Berger’s Baking Chunks (affiliate link). To die for!!
  • If all you have on hand is regular chocolate chips, those will defintely work.
  • PRO-Tip: Mix the dough with the paddle attachment to minimize air from being whipped into the dough.
  • PRO-Tip: 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. The centers can look soft, but not raw when you pull them out of the oven. There will be some carrryover heat from the cookie sheet.
Jacques Torres' Secret Chocolate Chip Cookies on a white plate held by a girl's hands

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This recipe was first shared in June 2010. Photos and text were last updated in 2021.

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Jacques Torres' Secret Chocolate Chip Cookies

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugars.
  2. 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.
  3. Fold in the chocolate making sure to distribute well.
  4. Cover and refrigerate the dough overnight or up to 72 hours.
  5. Before baking, bring the dough out of the refrigerator for about an hour.
  6. Preheat oven to 350º. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and set them aside.
  7. Using a 2-ounce scoop (1/4 cup) for larger cookies or a medium scoop (1 1/2 T) for smaller cookies, scoop cookie dough onto prepared baking sheets, about 2 inches apart.
  8. 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.

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!!)

Have your butter and eggs at room temperature for easy incorporation.

Use the paddle attachment, not the whisk to mix cookie dough. This helps keep them chewy, not cakey.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

36

Serving Size:

1

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

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