Jim Lahey's Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I've been reluctant to post a Chocolate Chip cookie recipe here because I feel like the food blog world doesn't need ANOTHER chocolate chip cookie recipe. Then I tried out these spectacular cookies and things changed. Here's why I think you should make Jim Lahey's (the no knead bread & pizza genius) Chocolate Chip Cookies:

  • they're delicious! If you're a fan of a crispy edged cookie with a soft chewy center, these are for you!
  • they are simple & easy (the ingredient total is small!).
  • you won't find yourself with dozens of cookies. Just 20. Which is a good amount. Eating 3 dozen cookies by yourself is not good. 20 seems better.
  • the baking time is super fast. 6-8 minutes and you're transported to cookie town. That's amazing!
  • they aren't the PRETTIEST looking chocolate chip cookies, which might help you deter others from eating them. One bite and it's all over. Be careful.

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And we're off!

Ingredient shot. Super easy.

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Butter & sugars get creamed.

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Flour & baking powder goes in. Then the chocolate chips!

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Line them up on a parchment lined baking sheet. Into the oven they go!

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They look fluffy when they first come out.

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But they instantly flatten.

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SIDE SHOT!!! Look at how thin & crispy they are. They stack well.

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If you're not a fan of chocolate, you can eat around the chocolate chips. It's easy!

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But why would you want to?

Jim Lahey's Chocolate Chip Cookies

makes 20

(recipe from Bon Appetit)

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (packed) light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips

Arrange racks in upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 425°. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Whisk flour, salt, and baking powder in a small bowl. Using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat butter and both sugars in a large bowl until well combined, 2–3 minutes. Add egg and vanilla; beat on medium-high speed until mixture is light and fluffy, 2–3 minutes. Add dry ingredients, reduce speed to low, and mix just to blend. Fold in chocolate chips.

Spoon heaping tablespoonfuls of dough onto prepared baking sheets, spacing 1 1/2" apart. Bake, rotating pans halfway through, until edges are golden brown, 6–8 minutes. Transfer to wire racks and let cool. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 day ahead. Store airtight at room temperature, or freeze cookies for up to 2 months.

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  • April 2, 2012

    I could make a new chocolate chip recipe every week and still not get bored! Definitely going to have to try this one.

  • April 2, 2012

    The food world ALWAYS needs another choc chip cookie recipe! ;)

  • April 2, 2012

    Mmm I love when they flatten like that! Yum!

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  • April 2, 2012

    So... they go in the oven as balls and come out flat???

  • Maddie
    April 2, 2012

    Are these cookies named for the character "Jim Lahey" from The Trailer Park Boys show? Too coincidental not to ask...I suppose if they were, there would be some booze in them.

    • April 2, 2012

      HAHA no! The no-knead bread expert!!!

    • Laura
      April 2, 2012

      Haha someone beat me to it! That's exactly what I thought when I read that...

  • I love thin and crunchy chocolate chip cookies. The only bummer is that I tend to eat more of them because they are so thin. 4 thin cookies qualify as 2 normal cookies, right?

  • April 2, 2012

    SOLD!!! i will try ANYTHING from Mr. Lahey right now ... after the success of the pizza dough, i'm a convert! =) besides, we're a cookie-addicted household but i have to satisfy our 6-year-old's craving for crunchy cookies and my wife's craving from chewy cookies ... sounds like this may just do the trick! mucho mahalos!

  • April 2, 2012

    So one of my least favorite things about blogging is that I almost always want to make chocolate chip cookies, but feel obligated to make other things. Maybe I'll freeze doughballs of these and bake a few whenever the craving strikes! Love that graphic tape, by the way!

  • April 2, 2012

    Yummy. Will have to add these to the, (make something for your co-workers to keep them happy during a boring mid-day meeting), list of recpies I saved up. Just beautiful as always. Love your blog and am working on my homework!!! Boom Boom Cow :)

  • April 2, 2012

    I love the fact it's totally ok to eat 20 cookies by yourself

    • April 2, 2012

      I hope no one tells me it's not..... *winks*

  • April 2, 2012

    There's no such thing as too many chocolate chip cookie recipes. I remember seeing this one on foodnetwork and wanting to try it out. Now I have to!

  • I disagree (and seem to agree with many comments!) There should always be room for more chocolate chip cookie recipes. Seeing as my most recent post was all about them (and I even had a white & red striped straw in the milk, though not identical. Love your straws! But I know what you mean; sometimes I am hesitant to share something cause it's been done and done again. But I'm happy you shared yours!

  • April 2, 2012

    The food blogging world ALWAYS needs another chocolate chip cookie recipe. Thanks for a fantastic sounding contribution!

  • These look so yummy - they actually look a lot like our favorite recipe from the back of the Neslte bag! Same ingredient list, just different proportions. I love how they turn out so crunchy on the outer edge and chewy in the middle. LOVE it. I chuckle sometimes because I feel like you are on my same wavelength somehow - making the same foods, or handing me recipes just when I need them. I've been so happy with everything of yours that I've tried. Thanks for creating such a fun and dependable resource!!

  • April 2, 2012

    I like the sound of crispy yet chewy thin chocolate chip cookies!

  • I'm always game for another chocolate chip cookie recipe - these look like they would be perfect for ice cream sandwiches, too!

    • April 3, 2012

      oh yeah!!! no doubt they would!

  • April 4, 2012

    thanks for posting! i just made a batch, they are absolutely. perfect.

  • danielle
    April 18, 2012

    oooh i bet these would be delicious if you sprinkled some sea salt on them before baking!

  • Jessica
    April 24, 2012

    Theses are the best chocolate chip cookie I've ever made! I added coconut to the mix and they still turned out perfect!

  • Muriel
    May 9, 2012

    OMG... baked these along with your oatmeal raisin cookies this weekend and they were fantastic!

    • Tracy
      May 9, 2012


  • Courtney
    February 22, 2013

    I usually only make chewy chocolate chip cookies but saw this recipe and felt like trying something new. Boy, am I glad I did!! They were so delicious I had to give them away so I wouldn't eat too many! :) thanks for sharing this great recipe! By the way, I am a big fan of the podcast! I'm listening to old episodes in between your new ones and enjoy them so much--thank you!

  • Pam
    February 24, 2013

    Thanks for posting this - I made them today and are amazingly good.

  • Michelle
    October 31, 2013

    I am looking forward to making these! We are chocolate chip cookie lovers at our house and this recipe is different... I thought I should mention that your recipe says "baking powder" but your picture-caption says "baking soda." I would hate for someone to use soda mistakingly! Thanks for sharing your helpful pictures!

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