Cook’s Illustrated Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie and the Results! {Chocolate Chip Cookie Throw Down! Day 5}

It’s finally here! Results day! Can you believe it? All that suspense! Well, the first order of business is the Cook’s Illustrated Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie. I was super curious about this cookie. But the testing actually went down a little differently with this puppy.

For the other four, my sister-in-law was a super rockstar and helped me make the dough so we could knock out the dough making one day and bake them the next. She was as into as I was, which was awesome. However, when it came time to make this one’s dough, we were both worn out. We’d purposely left it until the end because it required browning butter, which neither of us had done before and both were not entirely sure we wanted to screw it up. So on this particular day, this cookie actually got scratched from the list.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Throw Down - Cook's Illustrated perfect chocolate chip cookie

But then we baked the other cookies the next day and did all the tasting and my spirit was renewed. I HAD to know if browned butter really made a difference. And I HAD to be able to do a side by side comparison.

So the next morning I got up before everyone else and made the dough. I was nervous. I did not want to mess up the butter. I actually googled and found a great pictoral from Home Sweet Eats for how to brown butter, which made me feel better.

People. The aroma of browned butter is simply intoxicating. I wanted to stop right there and bathe in it. OMG! It is a sinfully sweet caramely smell. And I love caramel. But I pushed through the temptation to just drink it with a straw and moved on.

The rest of the recipe is more straightforward but there’s a lot of ‘mix for this long, wait, mix for that long’ – to be honest, for all this browning, mixing and waiting this thing BETTER be the perfect freakin’ cookie. My goodness! It’s a little much for short patience. I should have turned on some old school NSYNC to jam out to or something, but everyone was asleep. 🙁

Chocolate Chip Cookie Throw Down - Cook's Illustrated perfect chocolate chip cookie

Anywho, I managed to make the dough and bake the cookies. The dough is delicious – no doubt about it. And so are the cookies. Moist, chocolatey, soft and chewy. Just how I like it. And even though they were a little late to the official throw down party, I had my sister-in-law test them with me. They reminded us a heck of a lot of Sally’s Baking Addiction’s Chocolate Chip Cookie. Like, a lot a lot. Like, why put in all that extra effort for it to be just as tasty as the super quick and easy one from Sally. I could understand wanting to intoxicate yourself with the smell of browned butter – that makes sense. But just stop right there. Cover yourself in it and move on.

This is a great cookie, but for all the work – not my thing. But don’t let that discourage you. It really is a great cookie. I’m just lazy. And I’m not ashamed of it either.

Moving on to the final results. I know your excited, so without further ado, here are the rankings. (Keep in mind that the Cook’s Illustrated cookie wasn’t included in the actual comparison that the whole fam did, but it really is so much like Sally’s Baking Addiction so you could pretend they are interchangable in the rankings)

Sister-in-law overall rankings
(likes soft and chewy, not into salty)
1. Sally’s Baking Addiction
2. NY Times
3. Bake Your Day
4. Cookies and Cups

Mother-in-law overall rankings
(likes soft and chewy, not into salty)
1. NY Times
2. Sally’s Baking Addiction
3. Bak Your Day
4. Cookies and Cups

Father-in-law overall rankings
(into salty, crunchy and smaller chocolate chips – our outlier)
1. Cookies and Cups
2. Bake Your Day
3. NY Times
4. Sally’s Baking Addiction

Hubs overall rankings
(likes soft and chewy, not into salty)
1. Sally’s Baking Addiction
2. Bake Your Day
3. Cookies and Cups
4. Bake Your Day

My overall rankings
(likes soft and chewy, not into salt)
1. Sally’s Baking Addiction (Cook’s Illustrated ties for flavor, not so much for method)
2. NY Times
3. Cookies and Cups
4. Bake Your Day

So as you can see, Sally’s Baking Addiction won among us quite easily. But we are into soft and chewy, big chunks of chocolate and not so into the salty thing. My father-in-law represented the crowd that likes crunchy, salty and smaller chocolate chunks. Clearly the soft and chewy crowd should go for Sally’s, NYT or Cook’s Illustrated’s cookie. And the crunchy crowd should go for Cookies and Cups or Bake Your Day.

So there you have it! The suspense is over and so is the throw down. 🙁 I hope you had as much fun as I did!!

But wait!! It’s not totally over. I took it one step further. You’ll have to check back tomorrow to see what I mean. 😉

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Chocolate Chip Cookies on white plate

Cook’s Illustrated Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie and the Results! {Chocolate Chip Cookie Throw Down! Day 5}

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 25 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: About 24 Cookies
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


Delicious chocolate chip cookies made with browned butter!


  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 14 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 1/4 cups chocolate chips or chunks


1. In a medium saucepan, brown 10 tbsp butter. (directions on how to brown butter)
2. Take off heat and cool for 2 minutes. Pour into a large mixing bowl.
3. Combine egg and egg yolk in a measuring cup. Do not beat.
4. Add other 4 tbsp of butter to the browned butter and stir until melted.
5. Add sugar, brown sugar, salt, vanilla extract and eggs and mix for 30 seconds.
6. Let the mixture rest for 3 minutes.
7. Mix again for 30 seconds.
8. Let rest for 3 minutes.
9. Repeat the process until mixture is thick and pale.
10. Whisk together baking soda and flour.
11. Fold the baking soda and flour into the butter and sugar mixture.
12. Add chocolate chips.
13. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
14. Add balls of about 1-2 tbsp to a parchment lined baking sheet.
15. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
16. Cool for about a minute before removing to a cooling rack to completely cool.


  • Serving Size: 1 Cookie
  • Calories: 199
  • Sugar: 17.6 g
  • Sodium: 129.5 mg
  • Fat: 10.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 25.5 g
  • Protein: 2.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 33.2 mg

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  1. Tina Alvarez

    I think your cookies are the best i have ever had, and to prove it, I had kids test it, because they are so picky and trust me on that! Your batch won!! That’s how I feel about it. I also think you cakes come out the best because you use oil, it’s a proven fact with top chefs, oil is the more moist cakes.

  2. Arwa

    I really enjoyed making this the recipe everything was going fine until I noticed the cookie was cooking but not fully. I personally think that you should put the heat down to 190.

  3. Debra

    I made the Cook’s Illustrated Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie.  This cookie is a good bite. But, it screams for some salt. The cookie tastes like it was made with oil.  I get that the browning step was to get sooo much flavor but 1/2 tsp of salt just didn’t cut it.  At this point I’ve decided to only use salted butter in all my cookies and baking.  I will try the other cookies in your experiment. Thx.

  4. Tim T.

    All of the chocolate chip cookie recipes from Sally’s website are adapted from Cook’s Illustrated sooo… they’re not really her recipes, but Cook’s Illustrated. Give credit where credit is due!

  5. Janelle

    Awesome! They all sound so delicious. By the way, you had me laughing out loud when you referred to the browned butter: ‘But just stop right there. Cover yourself in it and move on.”
    Ohhhh mannn, how I miss you!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    1. Life, Love and Sugar

      Haha, thanks Nelly! I’m glad you liked it. You get me. In fact, you’d be the friend that would roll around in it with me and fist pump the whole time. 🙂 Oh how I miss you too!

  6. gottagetbaked

    Thanks for rating your favourite cookies. I’m on a quest to find my ultimate CCC and so far, the NY Times version is on the top of my list. I should try Sally’s Baking Addiction’s version since it gets such high marks from you. Your cookies look perfect – they may have been a lot of work, but at least you got delicious cookies from your effort!

    1. Life, Love and Sugar

      You should definitely try Sally’s verison – they are great! And the cookies are a great reward for the effort. 🙂

  7. Lynnette Wise

    So this is the one I’m going to have to bake this week. I love me some soft & chewy chocolate chip cookies. Thanks, Lynnette

About Lindsay

I'm a wife and a mom to twin boys and a baby girl! And I've got a serious sweets addiction! Bring on the treats!

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