Stop and appreciate this for a moment.
This is the image of the perfect cookie. These are the best cookies ever. Period. Full stop. I’m saying it with confidence and am willing to take full responsibility for my actions, whatever the repercussions may be.
I’d say that in general, people have a fairly high tolerance for truly terrible cookies. Not all cookies are going to be good, that’s the reality of life. Just because someone went out of their way to bake them for the office and came by your desk to offer you one doesn’t mean you have to fawn over it. It’s a cookie, but that doesn’t make it a great cookie, or even a remotely mediocre cookie. I’d estimate that 99% of the cookies that we eat suck. We’re just too nice to admit it.
I on the other hand, am a terrible person who has zero tolerance for bad cookies. Life is too short to eat crappy cookies. That’s my motto. So make these, the best cookies ever, and share with your friends. Or don’t. Your call. You never know, it might just encourage them to up their cookie game in future. And hey, the more truly excellent cookies we have in the world, the better.
- 1¼ cup (280g) unsalted butter
- 1¼ cup (240g) brown sugar
- 1 cup plus 2 tbsp. (225g) white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp. (10ml) vanilla
- 1¼ tsp. baking soda
- 1½ tsp. baking powder
- 1½ tsp. salt
- 3½ cups plus 2 tbsp. (445g) all-purpose flour
- 1¼ lb. (565g) dark chocolate, roughly chopped (you want the chunks to be pretty large so they melt into giant pools of chocolate)
- Cream together the butter and both sugars.
- Add in the eggs and vanilla, stirring until combined.
- Add the baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir until well incorporated.
- Add the flour and stir. Once it is almost incorporated, add in the chocolate. Stir until just combined but don't overwork it.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 24h (it holds well for up to 5 days).
- When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350F.
- Portion dough into 120g balls and place on a parchment or silpat lined cookie sheet.
- Bake for 15-17 minutes or until golden. You want the cookies to be nicely browned around the edges but still underbaked and doughy in the centre.
- Cool for about 10 minutes before shoving in your face hole (seriously, do this, otherwise you will burn your mouth on scalding hot chocolate. Trust me, I speak from experience).