6 Best-Ever Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes
We tackled the task of finding the Midwest's ultimate chocolate chip cookie. Do try this at home!
The best of the best
Scores of bakers around the Midwest make unforgettable chocolate chip cookies, but we had to know who makes the best of the best. So we searched for the all-stars— cookies that have earned a name at state fairs, popular bakeries and everywhere else cookie fans gather.
Then we pitted six top contenders against each other in the Midwest Living® Test Kitchen. Sure, this research is tough duty, but someone had to find the answer.To see all the recipes and our winner, click ahead. But don't look for a loser. We'd take a dozen of any of these cookies, any day.
Lindsay's Chocolate Cafe Chocolate Chip Cookies
This cookie, from the former Lindsay's Chocolate Cafe and Coffee House in O'Fallon, Missouri, wowed us with its flavor-packed lineup of ingredients. "These are the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever had! " says one of our website reviewers. "These are wonderful with a glass of cold milk while the cookie is still warm!"
Krista's Kitchen Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies
The Resume An original (and customer favorite) at the former Krista's Kitchen Bakery/Cafe in Portage, Wisconsin.
The Secret Big cookies; cake flour; loads of chocolate chips and nuts.
Our Take The large cookie bakes crisp on the outside, cakey inside. It's extra moist with chips.
Cookie Jar Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
The Resume From the Cookie Jar in Sioux Falls, South Dakota; fave of Road Food author Michael Stern.
The Secret No restraint: cocoa powder, chocolate chips and a very chocolatey chocolate frosting.
Our Take Soft; packed with choco-flavor.
Doughbox Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies
The Resume Top seller since 1976 for Doughbox Bakery at Sauder Village, Ohio, a living-history destination.
The Secret Butter with vegetable oil; extra salt; brown sugar; extra chips.
Our Take Salty-sweet flavor stands out; oil gives flatter look, softer texture.
Marjorie's Chocolate Chip Cookies
The Resume Marjorie Johnson of Robbinsdale, Minnesota, won one of her 2,500 state fair ribbons with this recipe. It's also part of her cookbook, The Road to Blue Ribbon Baking.
The Secret All butter (no shortening or oil); heavy on white versus brown sugar; chopped walnuts.
Our Take Like the beloved Toll House cookie; butter and walnut flavors prevail.
Rene's Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies
The Resume Rene's Bakery in Indianapolis is regularly rated one of the top Indy bakeries.
The Secret Lots of chips; coconut; let the dough sit overnight.
Our Take Coconut adds chewiness. Sitting overnight mellows flavor and makes softer, browner cookies.
Mix chocolates Try combining types of chips or chunks (such as milk chocolate, semisweet or bittersweet) for contrast, such as mixing milk chocolate with bittersweet. They all bake up the same way.
It's in the pan Dark-colored cookie sheets bake cookies browner than shiny ones.
Don't get stuck Keep cookies from sticking by baking on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. A parchment paper bonus: easy cleanup.
Is it done yet? If you want a soft-center cookie, bake until it looks just barely done. The tiny amount of shiny center turns dull when removed from oven. Let stand 1 to 2 minutes on cookie sheet.
Cookies on demand Every dough in our slide show is fine for freezing. Shape into balls before freezing. Place frozen balls on cookie sheet; bake a little longer than regular dough until done.
Creative serving Sandwich chocolate chip cookies around vanilla or chocolate ice cream.