The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

The science behind baking

Kamaile Gusman

Buzzfeedʻs Tasty makes assorted food videos which feature the cooking or baking process, delicious recipes, and food experiments. Tasty released a video in which they test several methods and ingredients to make the ultimate chocolate chip cookie recipe. They first experimented with different types of sugars including white sugar, light brown sugar, and dark brown sugar. White sugar spread the most and didnʻt have a ton of flavor, light brown sugar spread a little less and was a bit chewier, and dark brown sugar spread the least with overpowered flavor. They next tested types of flours including bread flour, cake flour, and all-purpose flour. All-purpose flour resulted in a normal cookie, the bread flour resulted in a very chewy cookie, and the cake flour was dedicated and spread the most. For the fat component, they tested softened butter, melted butter, and coconut oil. There was barely a difference between softened and melted butter. The coconut oil cookie turned out, but it lost the buttery cookie flavor. Combining an egg and and egg yolk results in a fudgy cookie as well. Adding chunks of chocolate add more pockets of chocolate that add to the cookie and eating experience. They came up with the recipe below.

Ingredients (for 18 cookies) :

1 cup bread flour

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

2 tsp kosher salt, or 1 1/2 tsp table salt

1 tsp baking soda

1 cup unsalted butter, or 2 sticks

2 Tbsp water, room temperature

1 cup dark brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp espresso powder

1 large egg

1 large egg yolk

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

5 oz dark chocolate, chopped


Sift together the flour and put aside. Add butter to sauce pan and begin to brown. Bring the butter to a boil and continue to boil for a few minutes with constant stirring until you see a rich brown color. Pour butter into a measuring cup. Top with water until you reach one cup of liquid. Put the white sugar, brown sugar, vanilla extract, espresso powder, and melted butter into a bowl. Cream ingredients together. Add egg and egg yolk. Add flour in thirds. Fold in chocolate chips and chocolate chunks. Optionally chill overnight or for an hour.  Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 12-14 minutes.