The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

July 22, 2012 4 Comments

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies


Geoff’s Perfect Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’m not one for calling any recipe “perfect” (unless it has a dramatic sound to it). I think calling any recipe perfect has more to do with an individual’s tastes and preferences. However, my friend Geoff, a novice home cook who loves to make desserts and now has the reputation among the dads of making incredible cakes, brownies and cookies, took “The Perfect Chocolate Chip” and made it better.

The recipe originally comes from a book called Search for the Perfect Chocolate Cookie, the result of a cookie competition in Massachusetts back in 1987 to find the best chocolate chip cookie recipe in America. From over 2,600 recipes sent in to the competition, more than 100 are included in this book.

The chocolate chip cookie recipe Geoff decided to share with me was the Grand Prize winner that he adapted because of his son’s allergy to nuts. The original recipe submitted to the contest was first published by the Junior League of Las Vegas in a book called Winning at the Table.

Because Geoff’s son can’t eat nuts, he just substituted more chocolate chips essentially doubling them up. I’m sure this recipe would be great with the nuts, but after enjoying his version at several family events, I can say this is the best chocolate chip cookie I’ve ever tasted. Here’s the recipe:

The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 32 minutes

Yield: 3 dozen

The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe


1¾ cups flour

¼ teaspoon baking soda

1-cup butter - softened

1-teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup granulated sugar

½ cup dark brown sugar - firmly packed

1 egg

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa

2 tablespoons milk

1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (Geoff substituted 1 extra cup of chocolate chips)

1-cup semisweet chocolate chips

How To Prepare At Home

Preheat your oven to 350°F.

Combine the flour and baking soda, set aside.

Using an electric mixer, cream the butter. Add vanilla and both sugars and beat until fluffy. Beat in the egg.

At low speed, beat in cocoa, then milk. With a wooden spoon, mix in dry ingredients just until blended. If using the nuts, stir them in with all the chocolate chips.

Using a teaspoon, measure out rounded teaspoons for each cookie and place them onto a nonstick or foil-lined baking sheet. If you have more than one baking sheet and room in your oven, use them too.

Bake the cookies in the oven for about 12 to 13 minutes. When done, remove and cool slightly before removing them from the baking sheets.

This recipe should make about 3 dozen “perfect” chocolate chip cookies.


It is 12-13 minutes per batch!

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  1. Dionne Pearman says:

    This is the best double chocolate chip cookie recipe ever! I live in Bermuda and I entered this recipe in our annual Agricultural Exhibtion and won 1st prize in the cookie division!

    • The Reluctant Gourmet says:

      Way to go Dionne! Thanks for letting me know. Please send a photo or clipping of your prize and I’ll post it up here with the recipe.

  2. Elise Loves Potatoes says:

    these cookies Look yummy! and I like nuts in my cookies too….(not always, but sometimes I do) (like with chocolate chip cookies….) also: kind of looks like the double chocolate chip cookies, they used to sell in down town Iowa City, Iowa, in my own State of Iowa, at the mall down town….I Don’t Know If That Cookie Place Is Still There Or Not….

  3. Laura A Baker says:

    Thank you so much for this recipe! It was in the 1988 issue of “Best Recipes”, (out of print), and now, after reading your review, am anxious to try it. Never thought it would be found on the Internet, so many, many thank you’s!

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