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More Thin & Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies

by on February 5, 2009 · 45 comments

Today I made Alexis Stewart’s chocolate chip cookies and they were great! In the past, the recipe didn’t work for me. The cookies were so thin I could barely peel them off the sheet. Then I read somewhere that Alexis (who started making these when she was 12) used something like 5 oz of flour per cup which is more than my usual 4.5 oz, so I adjusted the flour. If you don’t have a scale and are making the full batch, just add a half cup of flour to the recipe and you should be fine.

Since I didn’t need a lot of cookies, I cut the recipe down to a 1/4 of itself and increased the proportions of salt and chocolate chips a bit. The cookies were very thin, but they still set up nicely and were crispy and almost toffee-like in a good way. The proportions are very similar to another favorite cookie recipe, but these turned out even better.

I weighed ingredients as I measured and wrote in the weights below. One thing that probably contributed to the crispiness was that I really packed the brown sugar. Also. I started with cool (65 degree) butter and the cookies had nicely rounded edges.

Thin and Crispy CookiesThin and Crispy Cookies

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More Thin & Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies
 
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Perfect thin and crispy chocolate chip cookies. For best results, use the gram amounts.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • 4 oz *cool* unsalted butter (1 stick) – 114 grams
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar 48 grams
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed 140 grams
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour (140 grams)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (use more or less as desired)
Instructions
  1. Don’t preheat the oven quite yet because there is a short chill time.
  2. Beat the cool butter until creamy using an electric mixer. Beat in both sugars, and vanilla. When creamy, beat in the egg. When egg is mixed in, beat in salt and baking soda – beat just enough so that the soda and salt are fully mixed in, but don’t go crazy beating the batter. Add flour and stir until it is almost blended in. Add the chocolate chips and stir until all flour disappears. Chill the dough for about a half hour (or longer).
  3. Preheat to 350 degrees F.
  4. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto the parchment lined cookie sheets. Bake one sheet at a time on center rack for 12 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
Notes
The cookies should get very brown around the edges, but do take care not to burn the bottoms.

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Published on February 5, 2009

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Louise February 5, 2009 at 1:36 pm

I just looked at the recipe and photo on the Martha Stewart site. Their photo doesn’t match the recipe. I think the dough was chilled before baking and that’s what made their thick cc cookies. But, everyone raves about these cookies.

Katrina February 5, 2009 at 2:27 pm

Better than Wellesley? It can’t be? You? jk

Katy February 5, 2009 at 2:35 pm

You can post a review on her website.
whateverradio.com
She would love you. She bakes like a maniac.
Jacques Torres was on my flight from Vail to NY last weekend. It was the highlight of my trip. He was so charming, but I didn’t have the nerve to take a photo while we were in flight!

Jennifer February 5, 2009 at 2:49 pm

These would be perfect with some vanilla icecream :)

snookydoodle February 5, 2009 at 3:32 pm

delicious!!! these look like caramelised which is even better :)

clumbsycookie February 5, 2009 at 3:54 pm

I really like when you give recipes with the weights! I’m more of a fat cookie girl, but they do look great!

Pearl February 5, 2009 at 5:48 pm

i think my fam would like those!

HeartofGlass February 5, 2009 at 5:59 pm

I’m a soft cc woman, I must confess, but I am so glad you posted this because reading the comments section of the Martha Stewart website was hilarious! I thought some of the posters sounded like they would come to blows if these were the worst v. best cookies ever.

Also, there was a fight about calling them Alexis’s Chocolate Chip Cookies on the site–I agree that it is incorrect grammar, but think Anna had the best idea just to call them Alexis Stewart’s CCC.

Jane February 5, 2009 at 6:11 pm

Those look perfect.

Anna February 5, 2009 at 8:08 pm

Hi Jane!

Yes, they were perfect. I hate to sounds all fanatical about scales, but I think I got the gram amounts just right and the cookies were perfectly crisp.

Carol A, February 5, 2009 at 11:11 pm

Mmm, these look good! I’m also a “fat” CCC person in general, but I like the “toffee like” description. I can see these having their place in my heart, er, stomach. Like snookydoodle said, kind of caramelized. I like that a lot. I usually skip over the thin/crispy CCC recipes, but I think I’ll give this one a try!

Thanks!

Jenn's Baking Chamber February 6, 2009 at 8:21 am

These sound like you put in a lot of thought and they turned out great! they look very sturdy and delicious for a thin and crispy cookie.

Anna February 6, 2009 at 8:25 am

Heh, not a lot of thought. I just scaled down an already good recipe and weighed things. The key was getting the flour amt. right.

Katy February 6, 2009 at 8:34 am

preheat oven to what temp?

Anna February 6, 2009 at 8:41 am

Thanks Katy! It’s 350 F. Someone also pointed out that I left off the chocolate chips. Duh.

Charlotte February 6, 2009 at 11:27 am

I have made these before and put a scoop of vanilla between 2 cookies and then froze them. Everyone LOVED the ice cream sandwich cookies.

Chelsea February 6, 2009 at 4:37 pm

I need to get some sugar in this house. Those look awesome!! ;)

Sandra April 19, 2009 at 2:34 pm

The photos in Martha Stewart website are totally misleading.
If you watch Martha Stewart Cookies DVD, Martha shows how to make this recipe. She DID chill dough in refrigerator, and cookies are thinly spread like in the picture above. FYI.

Chapper May 14, 2009 at 5:44 pm

Help. I’ve been trying to make these cookies for awhile and everytime I try, they just get SUPER flat and stick to the pan. I found this site while looking for help, actually.
I have the full recipe that makes 50 (was planning on saving the batter and making them once a week until the batter was gone or so).

I tried adding more flour. didn’t work. Tried chilling (as the original recipe didn’t say anything about it). didn’t work. i followed everything exactly (but mixed by hand because we don’t bake much, thus don’t have any fancy mixers).

But every time I try, it comes out too flat to lift from the pan. Our pan is all scratched up now from scraping the cookie off (luckily I’ve only been doing one at a time since the first batch failed).

What can I do?

Anna May 14, 2009 at 6:51 pm

Hello Chapper,

I’m sorry to hear you had problems, but I think you can fix them. First off, why don’t you start with the recipe above which I scaled down. That way if anything goes wrong, you will not have wasted too many ingredients. Here’s what I would do if I were you.

1) Instead of using one cookie sheet, stack one on top of the other or use an Air-Bake. This might help a little.

2) You mentioned you’d already increased the flour, but it sounds like it wasn’t quite enough. The recipe above is about 1/4 of the original and the flour amount has already been increased, so try the amount above.

3) Pack your brown sugar very, very tightly to make sure you’re using enough.

4) Line your pan with parchment paper and before you lift the cookies off, let them sit for 5-8 minutes or until they seem sturdy enough to scrape up.

And the cookies are supposed to be thin. I’ve never talked to anyone who has followed the recipe and gotten a thick cookie. The cookies in the picture on MS.com appear much thicker.

I hope you can get the recipe to work. Let me know how it goes.

Oh, and one more thing. When you bake the cookies, bake a couple at a time. If the first batch comes out too thin, carefully fold some more flour into the remaining dough.

mary October 5, 2009 at 8:16 pm

thanks for the recipe!! i’ve been looking for something like this for a while. my cookies have always come out too cakey, fat, and white (well not white but not very brown). these were perfect! they were so crispy without being hard and were about the right flatness. and delicious.

i didnt measure everything out to the gram. tried to pour out 1 cup of flour but got overflow in my cup so i took the overflow but left a little bit in the cup. i assume i had about a cup of flour in there. i wasn’t sure what would be the right temp for the butter so i just took 1 stick from the refridgerator and then microwaved the butter for about 30 seconds. that got the butter soft enough for me to hand mix it. also i think i only had a medium egg in there.

i think what made the difference was less flour and the temperature of the butter. because the other ingredients are the same for all my other cookies.

Laurel October 6, 2009 at 2:50 pm

This looks SO great!
Actually, I was searching for a recipe to duplicate the old Van De Kamp’s maple pecan cookie. My aunt was a Van De Kamp’s lady, and I knew I could always have my fill.
I would describe them exactly as you have yours, with the pecans settling towards the center.
Can you think of any way I can convert for maple cookies?
Thanks, Laurel

Lear December 10, 2009 at 9:22 am

I really enjoy these cookies. I wish they were a little crispier — I probably should have folded in a bit more flour or something — but the caramelly, toffee-like cookie I did render was amazing. I can tell these cookies are going to go on heavy rotation for the season. Thank you!

BooAlexis December 20, 2009 at 11:29 am

These cookies were horrible!! The problem is the center of cookies never quite fully cooks so you’re basically left with raw cookie dough centers. I actually watched Alexis make these and thought they would be good, but these turned out to be just as overrated as Martha Stewart is.

However; I think the overrall problem is the amount of cookie dough needed. Martha’s recipe lists 2-2.5 tablespoons, while yours lists teaspoonfulls. I tried with the 2.5 tablespoons and 1 tablespoons and neither worked. Perhaps if I tried to this size I may have had better results.

Anna December 20, 2009 at 11:57 am

BA, I just emailed you with some ideas. It’s a great recipe if you get the amounts right and the sizes right. I’ve made the version listed above over and over and always get thin, crispy-edged cookies. But like I said in the email, I think making these with 2 1/2 tablespoons would results in a cookie with a raw center (like you said). So I’d love to hear how a rounded teaspoonful (or even smaller) measure works out for you and if you can, weigh the flour and make sure you add enough. Like I keep saying, I think the original recipe might have been developed by a 12 year old girl who scooped flour. That’s just a GUESS and I have no idea, but the recipe above should work if followed.

Anna December 20, 2009 at 11:58 am

One other thought. Did you really pack the brown sugar? Brown sugar is a lot like flour in that if you don’t really pack it in or weigh it, your amount might vary from the amount used by whomever developed the recipe. I used 140 grams which interestingly, is the same amount in gram weight as the flour.

Jon January 16, 2010 at 12:02 am

I cant get these cookies to work at all…they come out so flat and thin, they are pretty much see through (no joke). I live in Colorado, so I tried to do some altitude adjustments, but even with adding several tablespoons of extra flour…they still come out pretty bad looking – nothing like the picture. Any suggestions?

Anna January 16, 2010 at 8:06 am

Jon, based on what I’ve read around the Internet, this is a finicky recipe. I thought putting the gram amounts would help since a big issue seems to be the flour, but if you are using the gram amounts and the cookie is still not working, it might be time to try a different recipe. Maybe it does have something to do with the altitude. A few posts up, I listed some ideas for another commenter who had the same problem as you. So if you want to stick with this one, maybe try some of those thing (different cookie sheet, cool butter, etc.).

I still make this recipe all the time and it works as written, so it’s one of those issues where we’d have to make the cookies together in the same oven, same kitchen, same brands to determine what’s off.

Speaking of brands, if you’re not using it already, I’ve been using Gold Medal Unbleached All Purpose Flour. Since different brands of flour have different protein levels, maybe you’d get better results with a different flour. I also like the idea of using a medium size egg.

Sam May 8, 2011 at 4:16 pm

I have been scouring the web for the perfect chocolate chip recipe. Although I live in NYC, i have yet to find a bakery that makes chocolate chip cookies I really like–alas even Bouchon and my love Thomas Keller fails me in this regard. This cookies are incredible. I actually made them a bit thicker by the way I put them on the cookie sheet and only cooking for 8 minutes, but they were incredible. I am going to be putting this up on my site and linking to your post–GREAT. I am also grateful you put grams–I always weigh my ingredients and won’t cook anything w/o those units!

Jon May 12, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Thought I would take it up a notch, Instead of chocolate chips, go butterscotch chips and add pecans. WOW Sensational !!!!

roxy August 18, 2011 at 1:46 pm

I just tried this cookie recipe and they came out perfect. Thin, crispy yet chewy in the middle. perfect recipe!

Mary Khederian September 14, 2011 at 7:16 pm

I just made these cookies and omg, they are so good. Light, crispy, thin and chewy at the same time. This recipe is a keeper. My only mistake was that I used to big of a scoop and will use the smaller one the next time. I ended up with 24 med/lg instead of 48 small cookies. Believe me, they won’t last long in my house. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
Mary

Chris Barlow January 10, 2012 at 2:17 pm

I have just made these wonderfull cookies and they turned out great !!!
and kids loved them loads.
I used a icecream scoop and thay where huge, a bit like a small plate lol.
thaks from Doncaster UK.

Sarah May 10, 2012 at 12:15 pm

I just made these cookies and I don’t know why everyone seems to have a problem with it (previous comments). It was my first time making it and it turned out awesome. It was perfect, the perfect crisp cookie, perfect thinness, and lovely toffee-like taste. I didn’t bother looking at Alexis Stewart’s version because this is perfect. Just follow the measurements and instructions given, people!

Jenny July 24, 2012 at 1:07 am

Amazing! Followed the recipe exactly and the cookies turned out wonderfully! Thank you for cutting the recipe down… still feeling a little guilty for eating most of the cookies though!! I’m glad i read these comments before i made the cookies, never knew brown sugar had to be packed. Thank your for putting the recipe up!!

Anna July 24, 2012 at 7:20 am

Hi Jenny,

Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. I really appreciate it. About brown sugar, it’s one of those ingredients that should probably be weighed for consistent results. 1 cup unpacked weighs a lot less than 1 cup that’s really been packed into the measuring cup. That being said, I still don’t weigh it. I just try to pack it.

Susan Tan July 27, 2012 at 2:27 am

Hi Anna,

Just wonder if I can use self-raising flour instead?

Anna July 27, 2012 at 6:50 am

Hi Susan,

No, it won’t work the same. I haven’t yet made a good thin & crispy cookie with self-rising. Usually the cookies are thick and dense and/or slightly cakey.

Kathleen January 11, 2013 at 6:20 pm

Followed the directions exactly and the cookies were great- my husband has been begging me to make him crunchy cookies instead of thick ones! Thank you so muh for posting. I have plans to smoosh vanilla bean frozen yogurt between 2 cookies and freeze for an extra delicious dessert! Thank you for sharing! Exactly what I hoped for!

Wanda January 25, 2013 at 2:02 pm

OMG…lost this recipe…kids were FREAKING! Thank goodness I found it again…phew… These cookies are AMAZING….we add some flaxseed and some wheatgerm instead of some of the flour and they LOVE them! Thanks!!!

suzie mason October 16, 2013 at 4:31 pm

What type of flour did you use? The C.C.C. recipe that is famous and starts with a T. That recipe does not work comes out different , not thin and crispy like in stores or pictures. Any ideas?

Anna October 16, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Hi Suzie,
I know what you mean! But really, it’s all about the way a person measures. The type of flour (and I unbleached use all-purpose, btw) really makes a different, but so does how heavy handed one is while scooping. One person might scoop a 4.5 oz cup of flour while another might scoop a 5.4 oz cup. How much a person packs the sugar plays into it, using butter or margarine affects texture, and I’ve even found that different brands of butter make a difference.

celeste February 13, 2014 at 8:13 pm

Great cookies! I just took the first round out of the oven. I made using bean and chickpea flour and the bean flour gave it a bit of a taste, so I sprinkled cinnamon on top and boy is it delicious! I’m curious how the cookies will go once they are cold but thanks for the recipe! I was also very inexact with my measurements so I’m not sure how important that really is.

jd March 8, 2014 at 6:05 pm

Ah-mazingly delish and exactly what I was seeking. I am so-so in the kitchen, so I followed this recipe exactly and baked up wonderful, crunchy cookies. I, too, tend to bake cookies more cakey, so this crispy disc o’ heaven was perfect. Thank you so much for sharing!

Debbie March 10, 2014 at 8:08 pm

Hey! My cookies didn’t flatten out D: They are deliciously puffed. I really wanted crunchy ones though. Could it have been I didn’t add white sugar, just brown?? I’m pretty sure I measured everything else exactly right. Although I didn’t weigh. Is there a certain consistency to the dough I should be looking for?? Also, if I added too much flour, what could I do to thin it out a little? I tried giving this recipe a 5, but it wont let me, the highest it will go is a 3- so I’m saying it’s a five because it’s yummy. I don’t factor in human error :)

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