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.

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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.

Recipe

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Legendary Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip Cookies

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  • Yield: 55 cookies
  • Prep Time: 1 day 12 hours
  • Cook Time: 13 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 day 12 hours 13 minutes
  • Course: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American with French influence

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

Ingredients

  • 2 cups, minus 2 tablespoons (8 1/2 ounces) cake flour
  • 1 2/3 cups (8 1/2 ounces) bread flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 2 1/2 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

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  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

Nutrition Information

Yield: 55 cookies, Amount per serving: 152 calories, Calories: 152g, Carbohydrates: 26g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 6mg, Sodium: 103mg, Potassium: 101mg, Sugar: 13g, Vitamin A: 0.2g, Vitamin C: 0.1g, Calcium: 4.4g, Iron: 1.9g

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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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  1. These look like the perfect chocolate chip cookies! I am gluten-free so have definitely found the resting after making gluten-free baked goods is key since gluten is a binder that is absent in GF goods. I’m intrigued about resting these 36 hours. Could you tell me the difference you notice in doing so?

    1. Yes! Great question! I am going to update the recipe with the science because it is kind of fascinating. The resting period makes the cookie flavor deeper and richer. In the related link the NY Times actually goes into the science of how the butter is a natural sort of force shield, preventing the flour from absorbing the wet ingredients properly. The extra time in the fridge allows for the wet ingredients to fully meld with the dry. Here is the link to the original article. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/09/dining/09chip.html?pagewanted=2&_r=0 It turns out even the original Nestle Cookie recipe said to rest overnight!

        1. I would say you’d still need to add some salt, using salted butter wouldn’t be as much as what is added. Use 3/4 of a teaspoon of salt in addition to your salted butter and you should be good to go 🙂

  2. These look absolutely amazing!! I can’t wait to try them. I also love the idea of freezing some of the dough to use later on for a quick treat for the kiddos.

    1. Thank you! I froze that tray before putting them into a big ziploc bag. You never know when the cookie craving will hit!

  3. Those cookies look amazing! I’m sure they taste just as good. Jacques Torres is an amazing chef.

  4. I have to try this best cookie ever. I have to double the recipe though because with the cookie monsters at home, they’ll be gone before I am able to taste it.

    1. It is a pretty big batch! We made 16 and froze 39 more! 🙂 But even then they are so good you may want more…

    1. Thanks! Looking at this post today is making me want to bake more from the freezer. Sorry they aren’t a recipe you can enjoy.

  5. These look so yummy. Appreciate you sharing them, my kids love chocolate chip cookies and so do most of my adult friends. I just don’t have much of a sweet tooth is all, but would taste test these!

  6. Man, those look scrumptious. I don’t know if I could stand the 36 hour wait to chow down though lol 🙂

    1. It can be hard the first time you make them but after that you know it’s worth the wait and it gets easier 🙂

  7. Well now, I’ve got to try them! They do look fantastic. I had almost believed I had perfected my cookie recipe, but now I’m wondering.

  8. These look so delicious i wish oi could try them right now. I will have to try this recipe this weekend. I am sure my kids will love them.

  9. Oh my. These look so good! Chocolate chip cookies are a huge weakness of mine! I will have to try these!

  10. Those cookies look perfectly amazing! I love a nice warm, thick and moist cookie with lots of melty chocolate chips.

  11. My mom the chocolate lover would disown me for not going berserk over chocolate chip cookies. I really like this recipe, however, and will make it up and put craisins in it, instead. It will be hard to wait 36 hours while the dough matures in the fridge, but I can do it (and I will guard the fridge so no one else decides to cook them early!).

  12. I’m not much of a baker, but I’ll be doing a lot of that soon for my youngest’s first birthday, so I will add these to the goodie list!

    1. Your guests will love these cookies! And they do make a pretty huge batch if you scoop them the same size I did. They were still 3 inches across baked 🙂

      1. Searching for a great recipe to make as favors for a child’s baptism celebration, and these won! If I double the size of the cookie, approximately 5-6″, how long will they need to bake? I need to have at least 60 cookies, can you help me with the amount of batter needed? If I double the recipe should that do it? Or am I better off making two batches? Anything else I should know about this recipe when increasing the amount? Thanks Sabrina! Can’t wait to smell these baking!!

        1. Sorry this comment took so long to get to, it ended up in my spam filter somehow! I totally missed the boat on getting back to you about this, I’m so sorry. How did you handle the event?

    1. 1. I love that you said Dude, that is exactly how I talk and 2. Tell me about it, I have to get in the pool for my oldest’s swim lessons every weekend!

  13. My boys adore chocolate chip cookies, especially if they are not too crispy. I think the only way to let the dough rest overnight is to make it when they aren’t looking.

    1. yes! SO chewy on the inside. My suggestion is make them Friday night after bedtime and hide them in the back of the fridge until Sunday morning. Then they get a fantastic surprise on Sunday!

      1. Please can you advise: on baking cookies straight from the freezer, still use 350 degress to bake?
        also: how many ideally on a cookie sheet? Thank you!!

        1. I usually go from freezer to fridge if I know ahead of time. Also, I do them 2 inches apart, so it would just depend on your cookie sheet. If you are baking from frozen, I would say give them 1-2 extra minutes in the oven (and watch them like a hawk the last minute to make sure they don’t over-brown. 🙂 Sorry edited to add, yes same temperature!

  14. Help! These cookies look fab but one of the measurements is not showing up correctly in Safari.
    The Ingredients list says “1 ? cups (8½ ounces) bread flour.” Can someone please tell me what goes in the question mark slot??

    Also, the first line item in the Ingredients list says “2 cups minus 2 tablespoons (8½ ounces) cake flour.” How can both flour measurements be 8 1/2 oz if the cup measurements are different?

    Dying to make these – please help!
    Thanks!

    1. Yes! Sorry about that, 1 2/3 cups is the missing quantity. My recipe plugin has been erroring “2/3” for some reason, I was trying to catch all the glitches! The reason the volume vs. weight is so different is because of the kind of flour. Cake flour is naturally lighter and not as “heavy” so more of it weighs the same as less bread flour. So if you measure by measuring cup scoop in with a spoon and level don’t dig the cup into the bag. I tend to stick to weight measurements in this recipe for the flour because it is such a delicate balance. Hope that helps! and thanks for helping me catch the glitch!

        1. I used a mini ice cream scoop. I think when my husband was helping he used a sturdy metal spoon. But yup rock hard because it has been sitting in there for over a day!

    1. No, two large eggs are roughly the equivalent of 1 1/2 extra large eggs. You could try using one extra large egg and the yolk of another – it wouldn’t be exact but it would be close.

  15. Hello,

    I enjoy your website and will be trying these cookies today, but my question is that once they are refridgerated, do you let them come to room temp before you start scooping them out, or do you do it when they are hard and chilled.

    Thank you
    Cindy

    1. Sorry this comment took so long to get to, it ended up in my spam filter somehow! Sorry I just found a huge number of comments over the last three months that was snared in the spam filter and I am trying to follow up with each one now even though in your case I am way too late to help. Scoop the cookie dough chilled 🙂

  16. Are you sure the recipe calls for the exact amounts of cake flour and bread flour?
    Please review what you have written because they do not seem to be the same amounts of flour for each of them.

    1. The amounts are correct. Bread flour weighs more than cake flour and that’s why the measurements are different.

  17. Hi Sabrina,

    I do not have a stand mixer. Would you recommend using a Ninja with a paddle attachment or traditional hand mixer?

    Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful recipes! Can’t wait to these as well as many more!

  18. If I had QUADRUPLED this recipe, it would not have been enough. I did not change one thing. The 36-hour wait was killing me, but I survived. What came out of my oven was nothing less than magic. I took them along for a ladies weekend and there wasn’t a crumb left. This is the chocolate chip recipe I have been looking for all my life!!!

    Rating: 5
    1. It sounds funny to say but oh so true that this recipe is life changing!! I’m so glad you enjoyed them and just goes to show that the patience is a virtue, haha!

  19. I mixed up this recipe today and will bake tomorrow. The recipe doesn’t say whether they are baked one sheet at a time; or can 2 sheets be baked at the same time, and reversed after half of the baking time, as many recipes do. Also, there is simply the baking time, with no description of how the finished cookies should look, e.g. “tinged with brown” or “light golden brown” or “dark at the edges and paler on the tops”. This would be helpful. Also, reading the New York Times recipe, many of the readers mentioned the difficulty of portioning out cold dough, so suggested portioning out the dough before refrigerating, which is what I did, and then covered tightly with plastic wrap followed by a tight cover of heavy duty foil. But of course in this way, the scoops of dough will not be as airtight is with the plastic wrap directly on the surface of the dough as described in the recipe. If you can comment on these concerns, I would appreciate it, and I will get back and let you know how the cookies turn out.

  20. Can you actually make the cookies then refrigerate for 24 hours, or you have to chill the dough before you do?

    Rating: 5
  21. I have made these my go to CCC! Some suggestions: use a high quality butter such as Kerrygold, Plugra, or Finlandia, it has a higher fat content than American commercial butter and makes for a richer cookie. It truly is best to weigh the flours, but if you use the scoop and level method you’ll be ok. My favorite chip to use is by Guittard called Super Cookie Chips, they are large and flat like JT’s “feves” which I will try one day when I want to splurge. I do bring  the dough up in temp. a bit from the fridge for about an hour otherwise I’d probably break my cookie scoop it’s so hard! I have frozen them at this point and honestly they seem even better after I do! I bake them frozen, and depending on their size, it takes about 15 min. Intstead if the normal 12. Finally, use parchment paper under them, so they don’t stick or leave chocolate all over your pan. I do love the Maldon Salt sprinkled over the top!

    Rating: 5
  22. Made these about 2 weeks ago. I used European-Style butter from Clover and instead of feves, I chopped up some Callebaut milk chocolate and Callebaut semisweet. The taste was phenomenal! I thought some people at my work might be put off by the salt, so I used very minimal. BIG MISTAKE! The salt really brings out the flavor. I wish it was a little chewier, though. Any suggestions?

    Also, I’m going to make 2 batches this time and try a separate batch with white chocolate chips. I’m hoping it’s reminiscent of the ones I get at Diddy Riese in Los Angeles.

    1. If you’d like them chewier, I suggest baking them a minute or two less.

      So glad you’re enjoying the recipe!