Legendary Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip Cookies may be some high maintenance cookies, but you will NEVER taste a better cookie. EVER. Really, EVER.

We loved these Jacques Torres Cookies so much we made them three times this month! Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip Cookies are the best cookies you will ever try. EVER. I want you to understand, I am not a person who normally exaggerates. I like to avoid blanket statements or proclamations because you just never know. In this case? I know.  Also happy National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!

These cookies are crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside with a hint of Maldon Sea Salt on the tops. The buttery cookie flavor filled to the brim with bittersweet chocolate feves, you won’t even want to drink milk with them because the only flavor you will want in your mouth are the flavors of this delicious cookie.
These may be some high maintenance cookies, but you will NEVER taste a better cookie. EVER. Really, EVER.As I am sure you can imagine, the best things in life aren’t necessarily the easiest. This recipe uses cake and bread flour in place of AP flour. It uses bittersweet chocolate feves instead of your regular chips. You can absolutely use chips, just use bittersweet ones.

The feves are simply flat circles of chocolate so they make more layers of chocolate goodness in the cookie. The biggest difference from any recipe you have likely tried before? The time you let these cookies rest. I personally let them rest 36 hours (24 hours really being the minimum you should wait) and like a fine wine, these cookies really age wonderfully!These may be some high maintenance cookies, but you will NEVER taste a better cookie. EVER. Really, EVER.

Before I lose you at “36 Hours” let me go a bit further into detail about this resting period. The science behind these cookies and the resting period is that the butter in the recipe (and in any chocolate chip cookie recipe) coat the flour. In the related link the NY Times actually goes into the science of how butter is a natural sort of force shield, preventing the flour from absorbing the eggs properly.

The extra time in the fridge allows for the wet ingredients to fully meld with the dry. It turns out even the original Nestle Cookie 1930’s recipe said to rest overnight! This detail is left off the recipe on the bag, probably because most people won’t want to wait that long for cookies.

Have I waxed poetic long enough? Try them! PLEASE! I mean it, try them and come back to tell me what you thought of them. Just please make them exactly as written the first time. And give them the time to mature… it really does make all the difference.Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip Cookies - These may be some high maintenance cookies, but you will NEVER taste a better cookie. EVER. Really, EVER.

Am I enticing you enough with these photos yet? If not let me know, I love these cookies so much I took almost 200 photos of them for this post. I could make a brag book for them.

In a bowl, combine the two flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Using your stand mixer, cream the butter and sugars together for 5 minutes. You want the mixture to be significantly lighter than when you started. Here is the dough after a minuteJacques Torres Chocolate Chip Cookies - These may be some high maintenance cookies, but you will NEVER taste a better cookie. EVER. Really, EVER.

Here it is after five minutes

Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip Cookies - These may be some high maintenance cookies, but you will NEVER taste a better cookie. EVER. Really, EVER.
Add the eggs in one at a time, making sure they are mixed in well after each one. Don’t worry about over-mixing yet, there is no flour in the bowl. Add in the vanilla. Lower the speed and add in the flour mixture for just a few seconds until it is mixed in. This is when you should worry about over-mixing. Add in the chocolate fèves and mix carefully with spatula to prevent breakage.
Take the bowl off the stand mixture and cover the dough with plastic wrap as if it was a guacamole. Letting air get to the dough will dry it out in a bad way.

Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip Cookies - These may be some high maintenance cookies, but you will NEVER taste a better cookie. EVER. Really, EVER.
Refrigerate for 36 hours. Technically you could for 24, but trust me go for 36. Preheat your oven to 350 degree F or 176C. Using a 2 tablespoon scoop, put them onto a baking sheet. Sprinkle the tops with sea salt. I love and used Maldon Sea Salt.
Bake for 11-13 minutes. Let them cool for 5-10 minutes. Best enjoyed warm. Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip Cookies - These may be some high maintenance cookies, but you will NEVER taste a better cookie. EVER. Really, EVER.
This made 55 cookies for me, 39 of which we froze for later use! It is the gift that keeps on giving.

Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip Cookies - These may be some high maintenance cookies, but you will NEVER taste a better cookie. EVER. Really, EVER.

Alternately, here is text from the original recipe for larger cookies: Scoop 6 3 1/2-ounce mounds of dough (the size of generous golf balls) onto baking sheet, making sure to turn horizontally any chocolate pieces that are poking up; it will make for a more attractive cookie. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt and bake until golden brown but still soft, 18 to 20 minutes.

Want to eat some chocolate chip cookie dough while baking these? Try this Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough recipe! It is a great snack while you’re baking!

Tools used in making these Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip Cookies:
Maldon Sea Salt: This is the perfect flaky finishing salt, once you start using it, you’ll be a total convert. AND it is inexpensive!
Bread Flour: Helps with the chewy qualities of the cookies.
Cake flour: Helps with the tenderness of the cookies.
Silpat: Keeps the bottoms of the cookies from burning, this silicone mat is a lifesaver.
Bittersweet Chocolate Feves: These unique shaped chocolate disks make the perfect layers throughout the cookie and melt perfectly.

These may be some high maintenance cookies, but you will NEVER taste a better cookie. EVER. Really, EVER.
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Legendary Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip Cookies

Course Dessert
Cuisine ), American with French influence
Prep Time 1 day 12 hours
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 1 day 12 hours 13 minutes
Servings 55 cookies
Author Dinner, then Dessert

Ingredients

  • INGREDIENTS
  • 2 cups minus 2 tablespoons (8 1/2 ounces) cake flour
  • 1 2/3 cups (8 1/2 ounces) bread flour
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons coarse salt
  • 2 ½ sticks (1 1/4 cups) unsalted butter
  • 1 ¼ cups (10 ounces) light brown sugar
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (8 ounces) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons natural vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ pounds bittersweet chocolate disks or fèves , at least 60 percent cacao content (see note)
  • Sea salt.

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, combine the two flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  2. Using your stand mixer, cream the butter and sugars together for 5 minutes. You want the mixture to be significantly lighter than when you started.
  3. Add the eggs in one at a time, making sure they are mixed in well after each one. Don't worry about over-mixing yet, there is no flour in the bowl.
  4. Add in the vanilla. Lower the speed and add in the flour mixture for just a few seconds until it is mixed in. This is when you should worry about over-mixing,
  5. Add in the chocolate fèves and mix carefully with spatula to prevent breakage.
  6. Take the bowl off the stand mixture and cover the dough with plastic wrap as if it was a guacamole. Letting air get to the dough will dry it out in a bad way.
  7. Refrigerate for 36 hours. Technically you could for 24, but trust me go for 36.
  8. Preheat your oven to 350 degree F or 176C.
  9. Using a 2 tablespoon scoop, put them onto a baking sheet.
  10. Sprinkle the tops with sea salt. I love Maldon Sea Salt.
  11. Bake for 11-13 minutes.
  12. Let them cool for 5-10 minutes.
  13. Best enjoyed warm.
  14. This made 55 cookies for me, 39 of which we froze for later use! It is the gift that keeps on giving.
  15. Alternately, here is text from the original recipe for larger cookies: Scoop 6 3 1/2-ounce mounds of dough (the size of generous golf balls) onto baking sheet, making sure to turn horizontally any chocolate pieces that are poking up; it will make for a more attractive cookie. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt and bake until golden brown but still soft, 18 to 20 minutes.

Recipe Notes

Recipe from NY Times
Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip Cookies - These may be some high maintenance cookies, but you will NEVER taste a better cookie. EVER. Really, EVER.Cookies

Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip Cookies - These may be some high maintenance cookies, but you will NEVER taste a better cookie. EVER. Really, EVER.

We loved these Jacques Torres Cookies so much we made them three times this month!
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