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New and Improved Chocolate Chip Cookies

by TastefullyJulie on June 15, 2012

These are not your mother's chocolate chip cookies!

Since we’ve all been eating kale chips for the past couple of days (we have, right?) I think we deserve a cookie.

But not just any cookie will do. It has to be this cookie.

Once I stumbled upon this awesome post I had an epiphany. Life is too short to eat mediocre cookies.

Stella from BraveTart is a Culinary Institute of America trained baker, so when I read her 10 tips for a better chocolate chip cookie I jumped right aboard that train and made a batch of cookies.

Extra chocolate chips sprinkled on top of baked cookies make them look that much better.

Oh. My. Gawd.

These cookies are irresistibly, betcha-can’t-eat-just-one good! I’ve been using the same exact recipe for CCCs for years and they’ve always been good – obviously, or I would have found a new recipe by now. Duh – but they’ve never been this good. These were easily the best CCCs to ever come out of my oven.

I only implemented half of the tips so go to BraveTart if you want to read about all ten. I can’t even begin to imagine how extraordinary a batch of cookies would be using all ten of them. Stella’s pearls of wisdom are highlighted with asterisks in the recipe below.

I recommend taking the butter out of the fridge to soften right now. It takes a while, ya know!

A sprinkling of sea salt takes an otherwise great cookie over the top.

5.0 from 3 reviews

New and Improved Chocolate Chip Cookies
Recipe type: cookies
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Serves: many or few

This recipe makes a lot of cookies but you can freeze some of the dough and use it later.
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • **1/4 teaspoon nutmeg** (I hate nutmeg but I took Stella’s advice and it totally worked!)
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • ½ to 1 cup chopped hazelnuts

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar. **Do not overbeat. Only beat until combined or you will incorporate too much air, causing cookies to puff up and then flatten out**.
  3. Mix in the eggs and vanilla.
  4. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and **nutmeg** and add to the butter mixture. Stir until just blended.
  5. Stir in the white and semi-sweet chocolate chips.
  6. Stir in the hazelnuts.
  7. **Refrigerate dough at least 2 hours or overnight** (I had trouble with this one so I baked some right away and chilled the rest).
  8. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. **Sprinkle with sea salt**.
  9. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.
  10. **Upon removing cookies from oven, quickly sprinkle a few extra chips on top of each cookie**.
  11. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Adapted from allrecipes.

{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Abby June 15, 2012 at 8:44 am

LOVE the sprinkle of sea salt! Such a great idea. These cookies look fab :)
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2 TastefullyJulie June 15, 2012 at 1:01 pm

What’s better than salty chocolate? Yum!


3 Nancy @ Rivertree Kitchen June 15, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Yum! Now that’s how you make chocolate chip cookies. Have you tried grating fresh nutmeg? I hate the pre-grated stuff, but fresh is completely different.
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4 TastefullyJulie June 15, 2012 at 1:01 pm

I haven’t! I’d love to try some if I can find it.


5 Jess June 15, 2012 at 12:32 pm

They look amazing! I finally gave in and started a “food” board on pinterest because of these pictures! :)
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6 TastefullyJulie June 15, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Great! I’m happy to assist in your soon-to-be pinterest addiction ;)


7 Nancy @ Rivertree Kitchen June 15, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Julie, look for whole nutmegs (they look a little like hazelnuts). A microplane makes the perfect grater. I get my nutmeg (and all my spices) from Penzeys Spices.
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8 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies June 15, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Sea salt on top? Oh! I’m all about sea salt–I love that. :) I’m always too impatient to let my butter soften as much as it should. This is one of the many, many reasons why I’m a better cook than a baker. :)
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9 TastefullyJulie June 15, 2012 at 11:18 pm

Um, yea. I may have had to microwave mine a little ;)


10 Part Time House Wife June 15, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Can’t go wrong with a perfected Chocolate Chip Cookie!!! Love the pics too.
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11 Angie@Angie's Recipes June 15, 2012 at 3:04 pm

I too love a sprinkle of sea salt on the top of chocolate cookies. These look fantastic.
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12 TastefullyJulie June 15, 2012 at 11:19 pm

I never would have thought of it on my own but it’s soooo good!


13 Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips June 15, 2012 at 4:21 pm

These look great. have a pretty awesome CCC recipe I use, but I may have to incorporate her suggestions to make them even better.
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14 TastefullyJulie June 17, 2012 at 11:10 am

Yes, try it. That will be that much better!


15 Choc Chip Uru June 15, 2012 at 4:23 pm

I just revealed my secret chocolate chip cookie recipe too so we are definitely thinking along the same lines :D

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16 TastefullyJulie June 15, 2012 at 11:19 pm

I will go check it out… :)


17 myfudo June 15, 2012 at 8:43 pm

This is my daughter’s favorite cookies. Well, who doesn’t love choco chips, anyway? It is indeed everyone’s favorite, isn’t it ? This recipe is for keeps ;)
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18 Luscious Delights Blog June 16, 2012 at 2:33 am

Love the post. BraveTart is responsible for a new wave of chic chip cookies I think.


19 TastefullyJulie June 17, 2012 at 11:10 am

I love that she didn’t even provide a recipe. She was just like “make your cookies and do this stuff to them”. It totally worked.


20 EA-The Spicy RD June 16, 2012 at 10:13 am

The sea salt in top is calling my name out for sure! And, I’m so intrigued by the touch of nutmeg. These look delicious! Heading over to check out the rest of the tips so I can try whping up a GF version. Yum!
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21 Ally June 16, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Cannot wait to make these… those 24 hours sound painful but good things come to those who wait, right!?
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22 TastefullyJulie June 16, 2012 at 11:05 pm

Just make a couple right away to hold you over :)


23 ATasteOfMadness June 16, 2012 at 3:16 pm

These look perfect!! I love the sea salt.
Also, I ALWAYS have trouble refrigerating. I end up at my fridge, eating the dough raw instead of waiting..
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24 Tisa June 17, 2012 at 1:24 am

These cookies seem to insanely good- hazlenuts, sea salt and extra chips to top- YUM. Need to make these- ASAP :) )
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25 TastefullyJulie June 17, 2012 at 11:16 am

Hazelnuts are my favorite in cookies. I always substitute them for whatever nut the recipe calls for.


26 Nami | Just One Cookbook June 17, 2012 at 3:33 am

Hi Julie! Thanks for visiting my blog, and nice to meet you! What a great idea to drop some chocolate chip after they are baked. The cookies do look nice with the extra chocochips on top! We all love chocolate chip cookies and tried several recipes. Yours will be on our next list! Can’t wait this perfect looking cookies!
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27 Beth Michelle June 17, 2012 at 7:06 am

Wow these look absolutely divine! There is nothing better than a perfect chocolate chip cookie!
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28 balvinder June 17, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Love this crispy chocolate chip cookies.
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29 Jane June 17, 2012 at 7:20 pm

Nutmeg huh? And white and chocolate chips? And hazelnuts? Think I want one now, don’t think I could wait for the dough to chill either! Yum!
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30 TastefullyJulie June 17, 2012 at 8:03 pm

An undisclosed amount of dough may have been eaten raw ;)


31 Aylin @ Glow Kitchen June 18, 2012 at 8:56 am

Totally agree with you — I find myself sometimes stretching too far to make things healthier than the original, but when it comes down to it, if I want a cookie, I want a cookie — not a compromised version of it using ingredients you’d never associate with it in the first place (i.e. chickpeas? cashew paste?). Love the bite-size look to these!
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32 shannon @ a periodic table June 18, 2012 at 11:46 pm

i saw this post from BraveTart too; i love her. she’s sort of one of my idols in terms of baking and photography. and i was totally intrigued by her chocolate chip cookie post; what interesting suggestions! i haven’t had a chance to test them, but your cookies are BEAU-TI-FUL. i feel like i can literally taste them (am i hungry tonight?) and they look absolutely perfect. i need to work on my own improvements. :)
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33 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen June 19, 2012 at 6:48 pm

I like the extra chocolate chips on top! You’re a woman after my own chocolate loving heart. ;-)
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