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The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Ever (Unless You Have a Better One)

I don't think you'd be surprised to find out that we spend a lot of time eating and talking about it at Serious Eats world headquarters. Baked goods, chocolate, and ice cream are consumed in copious quantities in the course of many days. Of course I try to convince myself that, if I just eat a little bit at a time, I can still eat what I love and still control my weight. I was doing pretty well lately until Robyn brought in these chocolate chip cookies. As she walked into the office yesterday morning she had a big smile on her face. "I brought baked goods this morning, chocolate chip cookies to be exact," she chirped.

She then went around to our desks and handed each of us one big, fat chocolate chip cookie that had been ever so carefully placed in a small plastic bag. It was 10 a.m., I had already had a bialy for breakfast, but there was no way I wasn't taking a small bite of that cookie. It turned out to be an amazing big fat chocolate chip cookie, a-chocolate-chip -cookie-hall-of-fame-level cookie—softish, chewy, with just a hint of crunch, not too sweet, and the perfect chocolate-to–cookie dough ratio. That is, you got at least the merest hint of chocolate in every bite, and about every third bite, you got a concentrated hit of bittersweet chocolate deliciousness. I thought to myself, OK, I'm just going to nibble on this cookie for the rest of the day. That wouldn't kill my diet.

I'm afraid my strategy failed. By 11 a.m. that sucker was gone.

I asked her for the recipe, which she adapted from one she found on Allrecipes. Then I remembered that our friend Meg Hourihan had embarked on a search for the perfect chocolate cookie recipe on her blog, Megnut. How did Robyn's recipe compare with Meg's ultimate "mean chocolate chip cookie" winner? (You must click through. This is one of my favorite food blog posts of all time.) See below. Make them both and decide for yourself. Or throw your own recipe into the ring. Of course I should make both and see which one I prefer. But maybe I can see if Meg and Robyn would participate in a bake-off for charity. I would insist on being the only judge.

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