Jacques Torres is an exceptionally talented French pastry chef, but did his 36 hour chocolate chip cookie recipe impress me? Read on to find out!
Alright, so it that time of year when cookies are around every corner in my house. They're sneaking up and taunting me until I am no longer an acceptable size to be seen in public. So, not being one to miss out on the prime cookie season, I decided to try the famous Jacques Torres 36 hour chocolate chip cookies recipe I have read so much about.
Let me just say, I'm disappointed. Not only do these cookies take forever to make (which in its own way is convenient because they can be made in batches for up to 72 hours) but they just aren't my classic chocolate chip cookie. Yes, I am biased when it comes to cookies. I hate a dry, hard crunchy cookie. Hate them - and when these cookies first pop out of the oven, they look beautiful and chewy and great. The next morning though, hard. Shame that I'll just have to keep eating those cookies I swiped from my papa instead.
To top it all off, I really just didn't see the 'Wow' factor in these cookies. I know some people like a little crunch in their cookie, I know these are some of the most blogged about chocolate chip cookies ever, but give me the back of a bag of Nestles morsels and put my dad to work because that's where its at.
Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip Cookies
Adapted from Jacques Torres Featured in NY Times
- 2 cups minus 2 tablespoons
- (8 ½ ounces) cake flour
- 1 ⅔ cups (8 ½ ounces) bread flour
- 1 ¼ teaspoons baking soda
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- 1 ½ teaspoons coarse salt
- 2 ½ sticks (1 ¼ 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.
Sift flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Set aside.
Using a mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars together until very light, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla. Reduce speed to low, add dry ingredients and mix until just combined, 5 to 10 seconds. Drop chocolate pieces in and incorporate them without breaking them. Press plastic wrap against dough and refrigerate for 24 to 36 hours. Dough may be used in batches, and can be refrigerated for up to 72 hours.
When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat. Set aside.
Scoop 6 3 ½-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. Transfer sheet to a wire rack for 10 minutes, then slip cookies onto another rack to cool a bit more. Repeat with remaining dough, or reserve dough, refrigerated, for baking remaining batches the next day. Eat warm, with a big napkin.
What do you think?
Blog is the New Black says
Nothing like a good, quality, choc-chip cookie!
Lauren at KeepItSweet says
i have been trying to find a "perfect" chocolate chip cookie recipe... good to know that this also does NOT fit my opinion of a perfect cookie! my dad sure would like it, though
Kate @ Diethood.com says
Oh I'm sorry that your cookies didn't turn out - but they do look beautiful in the photos! I actually thought of grabbing a glass of milk as soon as I saw the top picture. 🙂 My grandma would tell you that you messed up when you forgot to add in "dollops of shortening" - hehehe - I think that's every grandma's cookie secret! 🙂
Aw, sorry to hear that you were disappointed with the cookies! I hate when that happens. It's funny though, that you post this. On my drive in to work this morning I was thinking about how much I was craving a chocolate chip cookie.
Maybe you can crumble them up and use it as something else? Like a mixing for ice cream, or like sprinkles on a cupcake or cake?
I'm with you! If these turn out hard the next day . . . no thank you!
My mom would love these...she likes her cookies hard and crisp...I try overlook her strange leanings. 😉 Toss those puppies into a food processor, mix them with cream cheese, and dunk in chocolate for a truffle. I always like to re-purpose the things that don't turn out for me. 😉
Oh, yes! Soft chocolate chip cookies are the best! YUM!
Angela C says
I don't know who first messed up the recipe, but if you notice the amount of bread flour and cake flour is off. It should be 8.25 oz and 8.5 oz but somehow someone put 8.5 oz for both flour types and it just got circulated around the web and no one bothered to correct it.
Hmm....so interesting! I really liked these cookies when I made them. I found that they were just a bit crunchy on the perimeter, and soft in the middle. I used dark brown sugar instead of light; don't know if that made any difference.