Here’s How To Make The World’s Greatest Chocolate Chip Cookies

Real talk: These cookies are what dreams are made of.

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Here’s what I love: crispy edges, a chewy interior, ample chocolate, and flaky sea salt on top. I also want there to be a butterscotch-like, toffee flavor throughout.

Here's what I love: crispy edges, a chewy interior, ample chocolate, and flaky sea salt on top. I also want there to be a butterscotch-like, toffee flavor throughout.

BUT. I also know that what ~I~ think makes the best chocolate chip cookie isn't necessarily true for everyone else. So, to figure out where most people stood on the Cookie Debate, I baked 10 different batches of cookie classics — from the New York Times' top pick to the nostalgic Nestlé Toll House version — and held a blind taste test for 40 of my co-workers.

Here's what I learned: Of those 40 people, many agreed with what I like in an ideal cookie: crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside. But there were others who preferred other kinds of cookies.

Those included a bakery-style cookie that is soft throughout; a crispy cookie that doesn't have any chew; and a cakey cookie that has a domed shape and a cake-like crumb.

With all that in mind, I took away some key lessons from the cookie taste test about cookie-making and set about creating my own four ideal cookie recipes.

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It took a ton of testing and retesting to get them exactly right — all told I made 38 batches (that’s over 900 cookies!) over three months — but I came away with ~four original recipes~ that cover every cookie category:

It took a ton of testing and retesting to get them exactly right — all told I made 38 batches (that's over 900 cookies!) over three months — but I came away with ~four original recipes~ that cover every cookie category:

Not sure which one you'd like best? Take this chocolate chip cookie quiz to help you pick your favorite.

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