If there is one classic comfort food in this world, it’s got to be homemade chocolate chip cookies. I mean, whose mouth doesn’t start to water at the thought of warm cookies fresh out of the oven? Or who doesn’t love to walk into a home that smells like fresh baked cookies?
But everyone’s got a different recipe and every baker claims that theirs is the best! So which one really is? I put this to the test. 10 cookie recipes, 40 taste testers, which one really is the best?
Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe:
Here’s how it went-For several months I have been watching Pinterest for chocolate chip cookies recipes that claim to be the best and I have been secretly pinning them to prepare for this test.
This week I baked 10 recipes that each claimed that they are the best or “the perfect” cookie.
For the experiment I printed out each recipe and followed it as closely as possible. I baked them all in one day so that none would have an advantage of freshness and I served them all at room temperature so that they were on equal footing.
Then I had about 40 friends over to taste each one. Each friend ranked the cookies-telling me their top 3 favorites and why they liked them.
Then I tallied the results and today I will tell you which cookie won Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Ever.
Meet the Contestants:
These are the cookies that were tasted. They are listed in the order that they were labeled at the event, but the order was random.
Cookie A: Life Made Simple Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies:
Cookie B: No. 2 Pencil Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies:
Cookie C: Deliciously Sprinkled Best Chocolate Chip Cookies:
Cookie D: Love From the Oven Brown Butter Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Cookies:
Cookie E: Over the Big Moon Caroline’s Chocolate Chip Cookies:
Cookie F: Two Twenty One The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies:
Cookie G: It’s Always Autumn Perfect (Never Flat) Chocolate Chip Cookies:
Cookie H: I Heart Naptime Double Chocolate Pudding Cookies:
Cookie I: NY Times America’s Favorite Cookie:
Cookie J: Averie Cooks The Best Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies:
I had about 40 taste testers-people of all ages from kids to grandparents-come to my house and taste test the cookies. The cookies were broken into quarters and labeled just with a letter to identify them.
Taste testers were asked to taste each cookie and rate their favorite. They tasted in any order that they wanted and had milk to “cleanse the palette” in between.
I asked them to rate their top three cookies-in order of favorite-and tell me what they liked about those cookies.
And the Winner Is…
Before I tell you who the winner is, let me first say that every single one of these cookie was amazing! Every single one had votes for favorite cookie.
You want a good cookie? Try any of these!
But, the overall winner of the cookie taste testing contest, the cookie chosen by my taste testers was:
The NY Times Best Cookie Recipe!
Apparently The NY Times knows what they are talking about, because this cookie was the clear winner!
My taste testers loved the taste of this cookie the best. It is crispier than the others and many taste testers said they felt like it was a good dunking cookie. It also has a light, buttery flavor.
Two notes: This recipe calls for two types of flour. I didn’t follow that-I just used my regular all purpose flour and it still won the taste test. Also, it was supposed to be refrigerated overnight and I didn’t have time to do that, so it was chilled for a few hours instead.
Oh, and one more thing. This is not a pretty cookie. It was definitely the ugliest cookie I tried. Apparently looks don’t matter.
Want to know the second place cookie? This was my personal favorite.
Love From the Oven’s Brown Butter Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Cookies:
Again, this cookie was supposed to be chilled and I didn’t have the time to let it chill as long as it should, but it was still great! This one has brown butter in it and I sprinkled it with Kosher salt before baking (optional in the recipe). Some tasters didn’t like the saltiness-leave that off if you don’t prefer it like that.
This was a very nice looking cookie.
We had a two way tie for 3rd place:
No. 2 Pencil Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies:
I Heart Naptime Double Chocolate Pudding Cookies:
My taste testers loved the soft, chewiness of these cookies AND, the No. 2 Pencil Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies have a mixture of milk chocolate and semi sweet chocolate and the I Heart Naptime Double Chocolate Pudding Cookies have a mixture of semi sweet and white chocolate chips. My taste testers liked the mixture of chocolate here.
So-there are your winners! I really want to make it clear though that every single one of these cookies really was fantastic. Make any of them and you will impress your friends!
Want another amazing cookie recipe? This is my personal best: Double Chocolate Mint Cookies! Try these-I promise you will love them:
How about a cute apron to wear while you make them?