Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Winner of the Anderson Cooper Cookie Challenge

I hope that you’ll bear with us while we begin our foray into the wonderful world of online video content for The Crepes of Wrath. Kramer and I have really wanted to do this for a while, but it was always one of those things where we made grand plans to “do it next weekend” and then never got around to it. Creating videos isn’t as easy as it looks, especially in a a small, dimly lit kitchen that was never meant for this kind of thing. However, our good friend Matt Hobby, for whatever reason, wanted to help us make it happen, so he came over to our apartment one day and because we had really committed, there was no turning back. Thanks to him coming over and not leaving midway through when he realized how bad at this Kramer and I really are, I can now proudly present The Crepes of Wrath’s very first web video. Matt really walked us through the process and we never would have made it through thirty seconds of shooting without his encouragement.

I think that it was appropriate to make these cookies for this, as they were one of the first things that I learned to make without a recipe, as well as one of the things that people actually ask me to make. The big chunks of chocolate, the crispy exterior with the soft, chewy interior, and just a touch of salt all come together to become what I believe to be the ultimate chocolate chip cookie. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve whipped up a batch of these. They’re my go-to for a last minute dessert to bring to a friend’s house, and I’ve even make hundreds of them for catered events. I baked them for holidays presents for co-workers and neighbors this year, and I think that they are always well received…if not, then everyone I know are really phenomenal actors. Anyway, there’s not much else to say. These are my favorite cookies, this is my first video, and I hope that you’ll come back to see more!

These cookies took home the gold on Anderson Cooper’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Challenge! Check me out on television and read about my time on the show!

Chocolate Chunk Cookies

4.5 from 4 reviews
Chocolate Chunk Cookies
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Serves: 15-20 cookies
The most perfect chocolate chip cookies.
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups chocolate, roughly chopped (I like to use 1 cup dark and 1 cup semi-sweet or milk)
  • fleur de sel or sea salt, for sprinkling
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. In the bowl of your mixer, beat together your melted butter and sugars. Add in the egg, mix until combined, then the egg yolk, and mix until combined. Add in the vanilla and mix.
  2. Whisk together your flour, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add it to the sugar mixture and mix until just combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Fold in the chopped chocolate.
  3. Line your baking sheets with parchment, and scoop out 2-tablespoon sized balls onto your sheets. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until just lightly golden and set. All to cool on the sheets for a few minutes before removing. These will keep well in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week, or frozen (then thawed out when you want to eat them) for up to 3 months.


77 Responses

  1. AWESOME! Well done. Loved the video.

    You do realize that you’re going to have to make at least one of these a week….

    One suggestion, if I may be so bold. I really wanted the end to be you laughing while breaking the cookie apart and dipping it in the milk. Or something. I was missing the Sydney element. The thing that makes you, you. But that’s just my 2 cents :)

  2. Regan says:

    These look awesome….and your video is GREAT! Well done! And thanks for the recipe!

  3. Joanne says:

    I agree with Megan, I wanted to see you at the end. It was great! Looking forward to more.

  4. The cookies and video are great. Can’t go wrong with fresh choc chip cookies!

  5. liz says:

    Nice job! Hope to see more videos…those cookies were looking sexy enough already, but then that salt. My gosh. Can’t handle it.

  6. Gabrielle says:

    So these are really better than those New York Times cookies?! Because I know you baked those too, and they’re absolutely glorious. I am intrigued…

    Also, I’m at work, so my internet settings won’t let me watch your video, but I am looking forward to it when I get home! Yay!

  7. Wow, congrats on your first video! These cookies look gorgeous!

  8. Anna says:

    Love the video!!! And the cookies look fantastic, can’t go wrong with a classic!

  9. Deb says:

    Adored the video! And the Chocolate Chunk Cookies are irresistible!

  10. Jenn says:

    What a great video! It’s so artistically done! And I’m totally digging the folksy music!

  11. I’m trying so hard to quit sugar and your blog is like food porn. Dammit. Love the video. Such an amazing job :) Esp for a first attempt. Can’t wait to see what’s coming next!

  12. Love the video! and these cookies look awesome.

  13. Molly says:

    Now all you need to figure out is how to actually get us the cookies through the computer. I’m thinking of Willy Wonka (although following that model, they’d end up a lot smaller).

    I would like to eat one now.

  14. Awesome video!! Hope to see more of those on here soon. Also: I LOVE finishing baked goods with sea salt, so I will have to try these cookies!

  15. Sasha says:

    Making cooking videos is indeed veeery intimidating but you guys did a stellar job. Now make some more plz ūüėČ

    Great blog btw! I love the name. Literary references in food are always appreciated :)

  16. Al says:

    when information is buried in video, i skip it.

  17. Great job on the project! I’ve been considering a foray into cooking videos too so it’s always inspiring to see what other bloggers are doing. The cookies look amazing too!

  18. Megan says:

    Oh man, I need to make these! It’s my goal to make every version of a chocolate chip cookie to ever exist. And the video is so great! Love every bit.

  19. Yummo, all biscuits (cookies) need to have salt, it just would not be right otherwise. They look really good. PS. We are on to loaf three of your fluffy white bread.

  20. RK says:

    Bravo!! Loved the video, you made it look so easy & fun :)

    I agree with the other posters…would have been nice to see you at the end.

  21. Love your video! I have made a few, thouhh nothing as complcated and professional looking as yours. I’m more of a single shot video kind of gal. The cookies look excelent too!

  22. Great job on the vid! I wish I had one of these cookies right now!

  23. Lynna says:

    Love the video! ūüėÄ Congrats on your first video!! *claps* You`ve sold me on these cookies. I am for SURE making them this week!!

  24. These look delicious. Great video, too!

  25. I’m more impressed every time I watch this :)

  26. alison of a gun says:

    Hi Sydney!

    I made these last night to bring to a work potluck tomorrow and duuuuude they are amazing! I normally just do the Tollhouse recipe because it’s the one I’ve had memorized for an embarrassingly long time, and I guess I need to memorize this one instead! I notice you changed from the original posting to chop your own chocolate (like the Jacques Torres recipe?!) and I think that really helps take these over the top. And the melted butter would have never occurred to me but maaaan it works. Thanks so much!

  27. Dude, awesome video! Love the background music and the text throughout.

    Do I need to get a video camera and start shooting too? You’ve totally inspired me!

  28. Stacey Evans says:

    Just finished making these for the Superbowl party we are going to. I have to say they are the best Chocolate Chip Cookies I’ve ever had! Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe Sydney!

  29. Lindsay says:

    Delicious! Just made these and although they looked a little different than yours – more crackly and not quite as thin – they turned out amazing. Yum!

  30. alison says:

    I made these two more times and both times they turned out thicker and fluffier than the first time and I can’t figure out why! I liked them thin and chewy :(

  31. Gemma says:

    Been drooling over this vid for a couple of weeks now, finally made them last night from the written recipe and they turned out…. different. Harder, paler, thicker. OK, but not worthy of giving to other people. Admittedly I am in the UK so there might be a difference in some of the ingredients, but also I noticed in the recipe it says one cup of brown sugar and half a cup of granulated, but in the video it is the opposite way around. I am going to try it the video way and see which is right.

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  34. Ben says:

    bravo and congrats on the big win!

  35. Jackie says:

    Hi Sydney

    Is this the same cookie recipe you won on the Anderson Cooper show.

  36. Jackie says:

    Hi Sydney

    I watched the video, some of the measurements are different from the written recipe, in video you have 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1 cup white sugar and 1/2 teaspoon each of baking soda and salt. In written recipe you have 1 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup white sugar and 3/4 teaspoon baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Why are the measurements different.

  37. Jackie says:

    Thanks Sydney!!

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    These are seriously the best chocolate chip cookies ever. They are easy to make, I don’t need a stand mixer, and they are so perfectly crispy and delicious I would not dream of using a different recipe again.

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  47. Kelly says:

    Hey Sydney! These cookies look incredible, I plan on making them tonight!
    Have you ever made them with browned butter?

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  50. Alejandra says:

    Hi these look awesome!! i have a question, do you measure the brown sugar packed? thanks

  51. Alejandra says:

    Hi. These look awesome! I have a question, do you measure the brown sugar packed? thanks

  52. Hi Sydney, I am new to baking and I have decided to make my first ever cookies after seeing your recipe. I even bought that mixing machine for it. Because as I said I am new to baking, I think I might have over baked them because when they cooled they became very hard (they still taste good though). But I felt that you could taste the sugar crunch in your teeth (not the salt, I am sure) is that ok? Can I possible use less sugar? What would you recommend. I also noticed the video and the recipe have two different portions of the white sugar and brown sugar.

  53. botgurl says:

    Any tips for freezing/refrigerating this dough to bake on demand?

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  55. Liz says:

    I’ve made these twice in 24 hours (no shame) for two different occasions and they are actually mind blowing. Thanks for getting me out of my chocolate chip cookie rut!

  56. Emer says:

    Hi Sydney! Um so my friend and I made these today and they weren’t ideal to say the least. They were flat and greasy, kind of like crispy pancakes that had been deep fried. I’m not sure where exactly we went wrong? We used a fan oven, so maybe that affected them? A quick google search seemed to suggest that we shouldn’t have put melted butter in? But yours look amazing!! We were thinking that maybe we just didn’t put the love required into these, we did make them in a hurry. Could you shed some light? Thanks a lot!

    • Sydney says:

      Hmm – did you beat the melted butter and sugar together well enough? I imagine that maybe if they weren’t beaten together for long enough the butter and sugar didn’t meld together and the butter seeped out. Other than that, maybe the dough was really hot if the butter was super hot when it was added. I’m sorry that they didn’t turn out well!

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  58. melakamoon says:

    I’ve been meaning to make these cookies ever since you created the recipe and I finally got around to doing this weekend. They were soooooooo easy, incredibly ooey, gooey and chocolately. My husband who never eats sweets loved them and so did everyone at my office. Thank you for my new go-to chocolate chip recipe!

  59. chucK says:

    I love cookies thats about it

  60. Aussie says:

    Hi Sydney!

    I live in Sydney, Australia and I just wanted to tell you that I have made these cookies countless times and they never fail me.

    My colleagues, friends, family, dates are all in love with them! They taste amazing when theyre warm (just ten seconds in the microwave and it is absolute heaven)

    All in all, I just want to say thank you for sharing this amazing recipe.

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  63. Sandy Nguyen says:

    Hi Sydney!

    I made these on Saturday and it’s my 10th time making them. My cookies never seem to spread out like yours. They spread a little but don’t come out as thing as your cookies do. They don’t feel tough and are still delicious. Can you please advise? Am I mixing it too long?

    • Sydney says:

      Hey Sandy – I will say that I always use a cookie scoop. I think that helps a LOT. I would also make sure you are beating your butter and sugars together for at least three solid minutes, so that air can whip into them, and then just fold the flour/chocolate in with as light a touch as possible. I hope that helps and I’m glad you still enjoy the cookies! :)

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