(Award Winning Soft Chocolate Chip Cookie - AllRecipes.com)
I decided that the only way to determine the best recipe was to conduct a blinded cookie trial. That's right...I'm that dorky.
I started with 5 recipes. BD was my blinded taster, but I needed him to help make the cookies, so I copied the recipes into a text file to strip out any identifing graphics and labeled each recipe with a number.
(Chocolate Chip Cookies - Gourmet, October 2003)
I made one dozen cookies from each recipe, following the recipe exactly. To complete the trial we used a total of 9 sticks of butter, 10 eggs, 6 cups of brown sugar, 3 cups of white sugar, 11 cups of all-purpose flour, 7 teaspoons of vanilla extract, and 10 bags (20 cups) of dark chocolate chips.
(The Chewy - Alton Brown, FoodNetwork.com)
BD tasted the cookies while they were warm and fresh from the oven. He made notes on the big 3 features: chewyness, chocolatey-goodness, and prettyness.
(Chocolate Chip Cookies - JoyOfBaking.com)
We narrowed it down to the top 3 and then tasted them the next day to determine the ultimate winner.
And, the LA&BD award for best chocolate chip cookie goes to...*drumroll, please*