The Food Lab Chocolate Chip Cookies

The Food Lab set out to make the best chocolate chip cookie. With crisp edges and a chewy center, these cookies are no joke.

The Food Lab Chocolate Chip Cookie

It’s been a month since I posted about why I had been away for so long and how I was going to be back soon with more recipes. I guess “soon” is a relative term so maybe a month qualifies as soon, but I still feel like it’s been to long.

Instead of dwelling on that, let’s get to this recipe. We all know that I have a go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe that I’ve made time and time again. No matter what combination of mix-ins I use, they’re always a hit. Sure, they’re a bit fussy with browned butter and a 24+ hour chill time. But they’re worth every minute of effort.

The Food Lab Chocolate Chip Cookie

So when I saw this post pop up on Serious Eats, I was initially only intrigued at the science behind developing the perfect chocolate chip cookie. After reading through the (lengthy) article, I was more than intrigued. I knew I’d be baking a batch of these guys at some point soon.

An opportunity presented itself a couple weeks later (and by opportunity, I simply mean a day when I was craving something sweet and didn’t have much else going on). I set out to bake up the supposed best chocolate chip cookie ever.

The Food Lab Chocolate Chip Cookie

The verdict? These are some really good cookies. They have a great texture from the chopped up chocolate instead of chocolate chips. One thing I always do is add multiple different flavors of chips since they all have a little different shape. This gives cookies more texture. Going forward, I’m going to chop up some of those chips or use chocolate chunks as well.

You also get this great chocolate-ness in every bite from the shards of chocolate floating around in the batter.

The Food Lab Chocolate Chip Cookie

These cookies come out chewy in the center and just crispy enough without being overly crispy on the edges. And of course, sprinkling sea salt on the top of cookies is ALWAYS the right answer.

Overall, this is a solid chocolate chip cookie recipe. I prefer a thicker chewier cookie myself, so I’ll probably stick with my go-to recipe I mentioned above, but incorporate the idea of chopping some of the chocolate. Hubby made it clear that if I’m making cookies for him though, it has to be this recipe. Give it a shot and let me know what you think.

The Food Lab Chocolate Chip Cookie

Also, just wanted to mention that today is my 7th blogiversary! 7 years ago today, I hit publish for the first time. While it’s been slow around there these last few months, I’ve loved bringing recipes to you guys, documenting my growth in the kitchen, having a creative outlet, all while developing this little online community. So thanks for reading! I hope you continue to stick with me!

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The Food Lab Chocolate Chip Cookies

The Food Lab set out to make the best chocolate chip cookie. With crisp edges and a chewy center, these cookies are no joke.

Yield: 2 dozen large cookies

Ingredients:

8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 ice cube (about 2 tablespoons frozen water)
10 ounces (about 2 cups) flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
2 tsp kosher salt
5 ounces (about 3/4 cup) sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla
5 ounces (about 1/2 tightly packed cup plus 2 tablespoons) dark brown sugar
4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, roughly chopped with a knife into 1/2- to 1/4-inch chunks
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped with a knife into 1/2- to 1/4-inch chunks
Coarse sea salt for garnish

Directions:

Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook, gently swirling pan constantly, until particles begin to turn golden brown and butter smells nutty, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and continue swirling the pan until the butter is a rich brown, about 15 seconds longer. Transfer to a medium bowl, whisk in ice cube, transfer to refrigerator, and allow to cool completely, about 20 minutes, whisking occasionally. (Alternatively, whisk over an ice bath to hasten process).

Meanwhile, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Place granulated sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Whisk on medium high speed until mixture is pale brownish-yellow and falls off the whisk in thick ribbons when lifted, about 5 minutes.

Fit paddle attachment onto mixer. When brown butter mixture has cooled (it should be just starting to turn opaque again and firm around the edges), Add brown sugar and cooled brown butter to egg mixture in stand mixer. Mix on medium speed to combine, about 15 seconds. Add flour mixture and mix on low speed until just barely combined but some dry flour still remains, about 15 seconds. Add chocolate and mix on low until dough comes together, about 15 seconds longer. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate dough at least overnight and up to three days.

When ready to bake, adjust oven racks to upper and lower middle positions and preheat oven to 325°F. Portion dough into 1.75 oz balls. If you don't have a kitchen scale, use an ice cream scoop to scoop the dough out. Place scoops of cookie dough onto a non-stick or parchment-lined baking sheet. Only put 6 or 8 balls of dough on each cookie sheet, as they will expand quite a bit. Transfer to oven and bake until golden brown around edges but still soft, 13 to 16 minutes, rotating pans back to front and top and bottom half way through baking.

Remove baking sheets from oven. While cookies are still hot, sprinkle very lightly with coarse salt and gently press it down to embed. Let cool for 2 minutes, then transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

Repeat steps 3 and 4 for remaining cookie dough. Allow cookies to cool completely before storing in an airtight container, plastic bag, or cookie jar at room temperature for up to 5 days.

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14 Responses to “Triple Layer Oreo Cake”

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    URBakin'MeCrazyy — February 9, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    This look absolutely FABULOUS! 🙂 I love oreo’s… They could quite possibly be my favorite snack food.! I’m defientely adding this recipe to my collection of cakes to bake! Thanks for sharing.
    Megan♥
    http://urbakinmecrazyy.blogspot.com/

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    Cupcake Kelly — February 10, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    that is one of the MOST impressive cakes I’ve ever seen! You always amaze me with your creativity! very inspirational.

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    Elina (Healthy and Sane) — February 10, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    OMG – I want!!! 😀

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    Anonymous — December 16, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    hi is it ok to use regular coffee?like maxwell?how many teaspoon of maxwell should i use?thanks

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    Anonymous — January 20, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    This looks AMAZING! What did you use to hold the Oreos in place on the top? Is that Oreo filling?

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    Claire — February 10, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    Love this cake – made it for my hubby’s 30th! Just a quick question as I had a little trouble with the Oreo filling. It was a bit thin. I think the problem might be the type of cream I used as we don’t have heavy cream in Australia (at least it’s not called heavy cream) so does anyone know what type of cream I should use? Thanks heaps 🙂

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    nette — December 24, 2012 at 3:38 am

    This cake turned out amazing! I omitted the coffee from the frosting and it was perfect without but im sure it would have been prefect with. It was a process to make it but well worth it! Just as good if not better than a bakery cake!

    • beantownbaker — December 24th, 2012 @ 5:48 pm

      Yes, it’s definitely a lot of work, but worth the effort! Glad you enjoyed it.

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    Tastes of Lizzy T — June 1, 2013 at 5:52 am

    Found you on Carole’s Chatter Food on Friday link-up. This cake looks like perfection!! I definitely need to try it soon:)

    • beantownbaker — June 10th, 2013 @ 12:33 pm

      Thanks and welcome! You should definitely make this cake if you like Oreos at all.

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    Betty Kang — July 22, 2013 at 11:17 am

    OMG, I love oreo so much!!! I will try to make this cake someday! Thank you for the delicious recipe!

    • beantownbaker — July 22nd, 2013 @ 1:13 pm

      It definitely takes a little bit of extra effort, but it’s so worth it!

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    Karen — June 2, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    What size pkg of Oreos? I just came home with one that only has 3 rows, ugh? It’s 14.3 oz. is that the same size? Thanks!!

    • beantownbaker — September 2nd, 2014 @ 7:09 pm

      Did that work for you? I will have to check next time I am at the store. I just get the standard size with 3 rows.

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