Can one ever REALLY have or try too many chocolate chip cookie recipes? Hmm, maybe I shouldn't ask for an answer to that one!
This is a recipe that we've tried at least once before, but I was surprised to find I hadn't blogged about it. It comes from The New Best Recipe, a cookbook from Cook's Illustrated that is definitely under utilized in this house. I keep forgetting about it and that's a shame - there are a lot of great recipes inside.
Toll House still have the best overall flavor to me, but these cookies still have most of that great flavor but with a significant improvement in texture. Overall though, I'm thinking that the Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies might be my favorite. They have ALL the buttery taste of Toll House, but a much better texture - nice and chewy. Still, there are chocolate chip cookie recipes out there that get great reviews that I have yet to try.......so this probably won't be the last chocolate chip cookie post here. Surprise, surprise.
Before I go, I'd like to add a relevant product review. I normally use Ghirardelli's Bittersweet Chocolate Chips when I bake, but I did not have enough left for this recipe, so I used a bag of Nestle Chocolatier 53% dark chocolate morsels that I got for free using a coupon. I liked the idea that these were an even darker chip than the Ghirardelli, but I did not care for these at all. The texture was a bit gritty - my big complaint with chocolates like Hershey's or Nestle - and the flavor was not deep, rich and chocolate - there was something "off" about it. I tried the chips side by side and the Ghirardelli - smooth and creamy, with a nice chocolate flavor - won by a mile. If taste weren't reason enough to never buy the Nestle chips again, the Nestle Chocolatier chips are more expensive and come in 10-ounce bags instead of 12-ounce. No contest on this one.