Thin and Crisp Chocolate Chip Cookies are originally from The New York Times, and things didn’t go so well the first time I made them. Since then I’ve made them multiple times and the recipe is now one of my favorites. So what’s the story?
The cookies in the first batch were thin and crisp, but WAY too salty. The recipe calls for 1 tablespoon of kosher salt, but when I first made the cookies I didn’t realize they were talking about very coarse kosher crystals — specifically, Diamond brand, which is easier to find in some cities than others. I used Morton Kosher (which measures like salt) and the cookies were inedible.
Ah, but it was a learning moment. I now know that kosher salt brands have different size granules and when any recipe calls for kosher salt, you need to try to figure out if the author is using coarse Diamond crystals or every day brand of kosher salt like Morton. These days, when I get a feeling the author is using coarse salt (though awareness is higher and usually authors tell you) I just use about 1/3 of the amount.
So long story short, these cookies are the Thin and Crisp Cookies from The New York Times, but they are made with only 1 scant teaspoon of salt and most importantly, 1 3/4 cup flour (note, the original recipe has an asterisk where the 3/4 cup should be!). So here’s how I now make these cookies, and they are indeed thin and crispy and egg-free.
Update: Another bonus with these cookies is they stay fresh for up to 5 days in a closed tin.
- 14 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted (196 grams)
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (245 grams)
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt (1/2 teaspoon if using salted butter)
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar (100 grams)
- 1/2 cup sugar (100 grams)
- 2 tablespoons light corn syrup (36 grams)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 1/2 cups chopped bittersweet chocolate (pea size pieces and shavings)
- Generous 1 cup chopped toasted walnuts
- Melt the butter in the microwave or over the stove, then set it aside to cool.
- While butter is cooling, mix the flour, baking soda and salt for 1 minute to ensure that dry ingredients are fully blended.
- With an electric mixer, cream the melted butter, sugars and corn syrup until fluffy, 3 minutes. Stir in the vanilla, then the milk. Add the flour mixture all at once and blend just until a dough forms. Fold in the chocolate and walnuts. Chill the dough for about an hour.
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line two baking sheets with foil or if you prefer, just leave them unlined and ungreased.
- Scoop up heaping tablespoons or medium cookie scoop size balls. Place on the baking sheet and flatten to 1/4 inch-thick disks spaced 2 inches apart. Chill the dough between batches. Bake until the edges are dark golden brown, 14 to 17 minutes. Let cool slightly on the baking sheet, then transfer to a baking rack. Makes 24 cookies.