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Confession #25: I’ve joined the Crazy Cooking Challenge… Jacques Torres’ Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies

October 7, 2011

I’ve been wanting to get in on one of the baking/cooking groups of which many bloggers are already a part, but it took me a while to find one that was open (and one for which I fit the requirements!) I happened to come across the Crazy Cooking Challenge, which I’ve joined, and it was so appropriate that the first competition I could take part in was for Chocolate Chip Cookies. The rules were simple – pick a recipe from a food blog other than my own and make it.


There were two chocolate chip cookie recipes I had my eye on for a while, one of which was Jacques Torres’ Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies. I hadn’t tried either recipe yet, because frankly, I’m quite partial to the Chocolate Chip Cookies I always make, and I’ve come to the decision that they are the best. I just didn’t want to try a new recipe and be dissapointed. However, I couldn’t use my own recipe for this challenge, so it was the perfect time for me to try the Jacques Torres cookies.

These cookies have quite a unique recipe, combining different kinds of flour and requiring overnight refrigeration of the dough. That’s really what intrigued me about them in the first place – that and the fact that they’re so notorious for their deliciousness. They really aren’t hard to make; they just take a little more patience than normal, because of the refrigerating time. My piece of advice if you decide to make them? Don’t cook them for more than 12 minutes. They might look a little doughy in the very center, but they’ll end up perfectly baked once they’ve cooled.

The final verdict? I’m still a little partial to my normal cookie recipe, because they’re thicker (which is very important to me), they’re faster to make, and they have less butter. However, these cookies are also pretty darn good: soft (as long as you don’t bake them too long), big, and full of chocolate chips. So if they’re not my favorite chocolate chip cookies ever, they’re my second favorite.

(By the way, my sister actually loved these cookies and wanted me to make them from now on, which is a huge compliment coming from her. She also chose them over a taste comparison with a Starbucks cookie!)

P.S. I would LOVE it if you’d vote for my cookies as the ULTIMATE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES. For more information on voting, see the bottom of this post. Thanks!

Jacques Torres’ Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies

adapted from Crepes of Wrath

(makes 36 cookies)

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 cup cornstarch


2 cups minus 2 tablespoons cake flour


1 2/3 cups bread flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/4 cups butter, room temperature (2 1/2 sticks)

1 1/4 cups brown sugar, packed

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

2 eggs, room temperature

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 2/3 cups dark chocolate chips

Oven Temperature: 350 F

Note: The original recipe calls for cake flour, but since I didn’t have any, I used all-purpose flour and cornstarch as listed above. If you do choose to use cake flour, skip the second step.

1. Set out your butter and eggs to reach room temperature.

2. If using all-purpose flour and cornstarch as a substitute for cake flour, level your all-purpose flour and cornstarch as you measure them and sift together 4-5 times.

3. Sift together the cake flour or  cake flour substitute with the bread flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugars for  about 3 minutes, until fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating for about a minute after each addition. Add vanilla and beat to combine. With machine set at lowest speed, slowly add the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand, dispersing evenly throughout. Transfer the dough to a clean bowl, press it down flat, and place plastic wrap directly on top of the dough to cover it. Refrigerate for 24-72 hours (I did 24; I’m not that patient!)

5. When you are ready to bake your cookies, remove them from the fridge to reach room temperature. Once your dough is just about scoopable, preheat your oven and prepare your baking sheets ( I lined mine with  Silpat mats). Scoop the dough onto the baking sheets using a fairly large scoop (Mine is 2 1/4 inches; you can see it on the OXO website. It works perfectly!).

6. Bake for 10-12 minutes in the preheated oven, switching racks and rotating the trays halfway through the time. Don’t go longer than 12, even if your dough looks a bit doughy in the middle. Let the cookies cool on the baking trays just until you can move them to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Cookies will keep longer in the freezer. I usually keep about enough for a week in the fridge, and leave the rest in the freezer until I’m ready to pull out more.

Let me know what you think!

The link below will allow you to check out all of the other tasty cookies made for the Crazy Cooking Challenge. As we are looking for the ULTIMATE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES, it would be fabulous if you would “like” my cookies (by clicking the like button next to entry #11 once you open the below link). Thank you so much!

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32 Comments leave one →
  1. October 7, 2011 9:34 am

    I’ve been reading a lot about this Jacques Torres recipe and since they’re now your #2 favorite choc chip cookies, I’ve got to check out your go-to #1 recipe!

    • October 7, 2011 11:35 am

      Definitely check the other recipe out too! It’s really a matter of personal preference so try them both!

  2. October 7, 2011 10:38 am

    These cookies look amazing!! I have to admit that I don’t have a lot of patience to wait 24 hours when making cookies…but I definitely need to give these a try. This was my first time participating in a blogging/cooking group. It has been a lot of fun!!

    • October 7, 2011 11:36 am

      It has been fun! And I guess sometimes the best things come to those who wait, right?

  3. October 7, 2011 11:02 am

    Great entry! If I didn’t want myself to win…;)

    • October 7, 2011 11:36 am

      Haha, I know what you mean. I feel the same way; I’ve seen a lot of great cookies!

  4. October 7, 2011 11:02 am

    ooo they look so good yum!

    Stopping by from the THE CRAZY COOKING CHALLENGE

  5. October 7, 2011 11:31 am

    These look delightful!

  6. October 7, 2011 11:53 am

    I actually have this one printed out but haven’t made them yet. They look fantastic and I can’t wait to try them. I would love you to check mine out, it’s #5. Thanks!

  7. October 7, 2011 1:21 pm

    Wow, it’s going to be hard picking a winner, isn’t it? I’ve seen some great looking cookie recipes today, these included!

    • October 7, 2011 4:23 pm

      Thank you! And I agree… I’ve seen some great ones too 🙂

  8. October 7, 2011 1:48 pm

    I’ve been hearing about Jacques Torres for awhile now and I actually came across some of his recipes in my Bon Appetite Magazine the other day. These cookies look fantastic. I’m wishing I could reach my hand in and sample a taste 🙂

    • October 7, 2011 4:22 pm

      Thanks! I would send you one over the internet if that was possible 😉

  9. October 7, 2011 5:22 pm

    What a good looking cookie! Yummy!


  10. October 7, 2011 9:05 pm

    These look very yummy!


  11. October 8, 2011 12:00 pm

    Looks like a winner of a cookie, great recipe.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my entry, Chocolate Chip Gingersnaps.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  12. October 8, 2011 7:33 pm

    The certainly look like winners. All the lumps and bumps mean they are filled with delicious eating.

  13. October 8, 2011 10:34 pm

    I want to make these!! T_T

  14. October 9, 2011 7:52 am

    Your Cookies look great! It is fun cooking with you, I am #15. Hope you are having a wonderful week end!
    Miz Helen

    • October 9, 2011 5:49 pm

      Thank you 🙂 The camaraderie between everyone in the challenge is great!

  15. October 9, 2011 9:04 pm

    Cookies look lovely!!!!!!i Had a great time baking this too:-)

  16. October 10, 2011 9:36 am

    Yummy, these sound and look amazing!!! Thanks for sharing!! Come check out my entry #34, Hot Chocolate Chip Cookies!

    • October 12, 2011 11:07 am

      Thanks for the comment and for taking the time to look at my cookies! I’ll be sure to stop by your blog!

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