Saturday, April 9, 2011

Alton Brown's The Chewy

Meet my new favourite chocolate chip cookies.
My first blogiversary passed a week ago, and I completely forgot to do something special. I had a nice little bout of sinusitis/bronchitis/laryngitis keeping me busy. But just because I was occupied with the slew of itises doesn't mean I didn't find the time to bake.

The first Wednesday of every month my work has a potluck. It's my favourite thing ever, and is a great excuse to bake.  These cookies, Alton Brown's The Chewy, were my offering this month. The Chewy is an incredible chocolate chip cookie because it actually lives up to its name and reputation, and it's made with bread flour.  It's dense, chewy, chocolately, but not too sweet.  And it tastes just as good baked as it does in cookie dough form. This is rare, but important, non?

Alton Brown's The Chewy recipe


2 sticks unsalted butter
2 1/4 cups bread flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips


Heat oven to 375 degrees F.

Melt the butter in a heavy-bottom medium saucepan over low heat. Sift together the flour, salt, and baking soda and set aside.

Pour the melted butter in the mixer's work bowl. Add the sugar and brown sugar. Cream the butter and sugars on medium speed. Add the egg, yolk, 2 tablespoons milk and vanilla extract and mix until well combined. Slowly incorporate the flour mixture until thoroughly combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Chill the dough, then scoop onto parchment-lined baking sheets, 6 cookies per sheet. Bake for 14 minutes or until golden brown, checking the cookies after 5 minutes. Rotate the baking sheet for even browning. Cool completely and store in an airtight container.


  1. I have yet to find the perfect chocolate chip cookie, and I've had my eye on Alton's recipe for quite some time. Your cookies look so good, just makes me want to try this recipe even more!

  2. Oh boy, bad day to see this. Full blown PMS and a general craving for anything chcolate and/or chewy (preferably both). I may have to make these!

  3. omg i've been having a cookie craving.... i am going to make this today! looks so amazing!!

  4. I've tried Alton's recipe and I must agree - it's incredible. Happy blogiversary to you!

  5. I'll definitely be trying this one!

  6. bread flour, very interesting.
    Your cookies look great! :)

  7. These cookies look fabulous Happy blogiversary!

  8. Happ blogiversary and these cc cookies look mighty tasty! I have a chocolate chip cookie recipe on my blog and I am eager to know if this might beat it?!

  9. These look so delicious! Buzzed you on foodbuzz and am a new follower!
    - Jessica @

  10. lovely and simple recipe ...... I'm new follower thr' food buzz

  11. oh my! where's the cold milk for dunking??

  12. What a great treat to bring to your potluck. I'm sure they were well received! Thank you for sharing your treats with me...and for making me smile. Your words are a source of joy in my life, and in the lives of many others. I hope you have a happy Friday. The weekend is almost here, and I'm ready for it!

  13. This really looks delicious. I'm definitely craving for a plate of that right now. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe. This is definitely a must do recipe this weekend since I got my Food Safety Certification.

  14. Thanks for posting! This is a great recipe. They changed the recipe on the foodnetwork site and now used weights which I thought produced inferior cookies. I'm glad you had the original. These were perfect!

  15. I'm having a little trouble in Chocolate Chip Cookie Paradise... I was SO excited to have found THE recipe. This is a GREAT one! But, I have made them 4 different times, each time following the directions to the T, and each time they come out completely different! This is no reflection of your recipe, because obviously the recipe hasn't changed. They always taste good, but the substance of the cookie is different. The first time they were really small and thick, the second time they were perfect, the third time they were flat as pancakes. My fourth patch is in the oven and are already looking different than the rest. Any idea why this is happening? Thank you so much!



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