Let me preface this by saying: There is no such things as the PERFECT CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE. In my opinion, saying that a certain chocolate chip cookie is "the best ever" is completely subjective. Some people like 'em flat and crispy. Some like 'em gooey and chewy. Some cake-like and dense. Some with milk chocolate chunks. Some with traditional semi-sweet chocolate chips. You see? There are so many different kinds of C.C.C.s out there and they are all different. I won't proclaim that the following tips and recipes are "the best" but, if it counts for anything at all, these are my favorites. Count yourself lucky because for years I have resisted sharing these recipes. Something to do with my need to be "the best chocolate chip cookie maker" . . . ironic? Yes.
I also want to add a plea that if you would like to share this information, please give credit where credit is due and don't try to pass this off as your own blog post. I have spent a lot of time typing this up, taking notes while I bake and testing recipes. It is really lame to steal others' blog content, mine or other people's.
OK, enough of that.
Here's what they should look like right out of the oven (before they cool an extra five minutes):