A Chocolate Chip Cookie for Modern Times by Sarah Copeland

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Episode 45: Sarah Copeland

You don’t need another fussy chocolate chip cookie recipe. There are plenty out there (confession: I’ve written my own). What we all need—at least what I, busy working mama of two needed—is an easy, all-about-the-chocolate chocolate chip cookie recipe to turn to again and again—something akin to the Toll House of my youth, but even quicker, way more beau¬tiful, and reliably irresistible.

That’s how years after thinking I would never tackle the most beloved cookie of all time again, I did. The result, below, is the recipe I now lean on again and again when we’re short on time but craving some¬thing as close as possible to spooning warm melted chocolate directly into our mouths, without actually doing it.

This cookie is easy in that dump-and-stir way, thanks to the melted butter (no softening butter, no beating); and is not a sugar bomb, thanks to almond flour and just right ratios of sugar and chocolate. The result is a chewy cookie with a deep toffee-like flavor, and generous bursts of warm chocolate—an improved-upon version of the warm chocolate chip cookie of my childhood, for modern times.

MAKES ABOUT 36 COOKIES (depending on size)

PREP TIME: 15 MINUTES
TOTAL TIME: 45 MINUTES

  • 3 cups (420 g) all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup (120 g) almond flour

  • 1½ cups (300 g) light brown sugar or (290 g) coconut sugar

  • ½ cup (100 g) granulated sugar

  • 1½ tsp baking soda

  • 1 tsp flaky sea salt, such as Maldon, plus more for sprinkling

  • 1 cup (2 sticks/225 g) unsalted butter, melted

  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature

  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract

  • 15 oz (470 g) bittersweet chocolate, chopped

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.

  2. Whisk together the flours, sugars, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the melted butter, eggs, and vanilla, whisking vigorously. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingre¬dients. Mix in the chocolate, reserving just a bit for the tops, making sure they’re evenly distributed throughout the dough.

  3. Scoop the dough by heaping tablespoons and roll into balls between your hands. Arrange on the prepared baking sheets with plenty of space between them. Press reserved chocolate into the tops of the cookies. Bake, one sheet at a time, until crispy on the outside edges and soft and just a touch underbaked-looking inside (they will continue to bake on the pan as they cool), 10 to 12 minutes.

  4. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with salt—or skip it if that’s not your thing. Let cool on the pan for at least 2 minutes (they may fall apart if you pull them off too hot), before transferring to plates to serve warm, when they’re best.

GET AHEAD

This is my big-batch recipe. Because the dough only improves with time, it’s worth hanging on to some. We bake a dozen right away, then save the rest for sheet-by-sheet baking as needed. If you bake two sheets at a time, rotate the trays and switch them from the top to bottom rack halfway through baking for even browning.

Reprinted from Every Day Is Saturday by Sarah Copeland with permission by Chronicle Books, 2019