Chocolate Chip Cookie Exchange- my recipe for yours

Aperture, F Stop, Exposure, Compensation, Fill Light, Back Light… Ever so slowly I’m beginning to understand my camera. Well… I shouldn’t say my camera, it’s “our” camera.  I started this blogging adventure with a Canon 20D, and then somewhere in the middle stopped off and hijacked my husbands Canon 40D.  The blogging began with the idea of  having a creative outlet for my obsession with food, lead to a surprising interest in food journalism, and now I’m curiously playing with food photography.  Getting the perfect picture has become just as important now as how the food tastes.  Of course I wouldn’t cook for one of my clients and ask them to wait while I take a picture of their food, but with blogging it’s different.  The recipe is a gift from me to you, hoping that you will enjoy what I’ve created.  The writing is a way for me to communicate the flavors and excitement I may have about whatever is on the menu for the day.  So doesn’t it just make sense that the final communication from me to you would be  ” LOOK AT THIS, YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO EAT IT!”
Everyone needs a good chocolate chip cookie recipe to call their own, this is mine.  No I mean it, it’s mine and I hesitate to share it with anyone.  I once had a friend over for dinner who took one bite and shouted out, “why are these so good”?  I think what she was trying to say is that it’s just a chocolate chip cookie, and shouldn’t be allowed to taste this good.  Over the years I have experimented, adjusted, rolled, flattened and scooped many chocolate chip cookies, and this is the one I will take to my grave, with a glass of cold milk of course.  These are double thick, crispy on the outside gooey in the middle, vanilla and brown sugar loaded cookies with just a tiny flair of saltiness that makes your mouth water.  The method is the strangest part of the recipe, made with melted butter.  They are scooped out in 1/4 cup scoops and then split in half and reassembled.
I thought I could do it, share my recipe with you all, but I can’t.  I wrote the recipe and had to go back and erase the measurements.  Listen,  I’ll make you a deal, if you are without a chocolate chip recipe to call your own, leave me a post with your email and I will email my recipe to you.  Or if you have a secret recipe that you want to share with me, email it to me or leave it in a post and I’ll share mine with you.  Fair? So,  until I hear from you…
Tips for Good Cookie Baking
    • Use fresh ingredients- organic sugar,  flour, and good quality chocolate without high fructose corn syrup or other unnecessary additives.
    • Make sure your baking soda and baking powder are fresh, replace them about every 3 months
    • Store brown sugar in an airtight container with a piece of bread to absorb moisture.  It’s worth buying a new box to make the best cookies.
    • Always use unsalted butter
    • If you have a convection oven, use it for baking, it’s fabulous
    • Purchase different size ice cream scoops, if all your cookies are the same size they will cook evenly.
    • Go to a restaurant supply store and purchase jelly roll pans/sheet pans- they conduct heat much better than cookie sheets, which are just way to thin.
  • Toast all nuts before adding them into your dough.

My Chocolate Chip Cookies

all purpose flour
baking soda
teaspoon ground cinnamon

unsalted butter – melted and cooled
granulated sugar
packed light/golden brown sugar
large egg plus 1 yolk
Tablespoon vanilla extract
semisweet chocolate chips
teaspoon ground cinnamon
cup toasted nuts- walnuts, pecans, peanuts

27 comments… add one
  • Christina October 23, 2010, 2:35 pm

    I would love, love, love to have this recipe. I adore a thick, chewy cookie with crisp edges. I haven't been brave enough to develop my own recipes (yet), so I don't have any original recipes to share. But I will keep yours all to myself!

  • Renee Fontes October 24, 2010, 1:06 am

    Everything was good until I saw the photo of the scoops! Then BAM! Cookie Flash back! Can you remember making trillions at the old shop?

    Guard your cookie recipe, or leave something out… (everyone does it!) I'll just trade you cookies for some guava habanero sauce!

  • Lana October 25, 2010, 7:43 am

    Louise, you are killing me! I just bought a Canon Rebel Ti1 – so addictive! I am enrolled in a photography class at the college, and even though it is beyond overwhelming, it is extremely exciting and challenging, in a good way.

    Your photos are really beautiful and I want to eat anything you photograph.

    As for cookies, I would like to get your secret recipe for my daughter away at UC Berkeley – she loves them and is always searching for the best. It thrills me when she "Skypes" with a cooking question.

    I'll send you the version my husband thinks is da bomb (I didn't grow up eating CC cookies in Serbia:) in exchange.

  • Bibberche October 25, 2010, 7:50 am

    OK, I tried in vain to find your e-mail address. it is probably me, the techno-peasant. But, I'll leave you my e-mail, it's easier:)

  • Julia October 25, 2010, 1:56 pm

    I am without a cookie recipe to call my own! I would love yours. Of course, every time someone shouts "why are these so good?" I'll refer them to your blog.

  • Stephanie October 26, 2010, 1:22 am

    Please PLEASE please!! 🙂 I am an avid follower and these look so amazing! I have tried so many recipes with varying success. I would love to have your recipe. Thank you!!

  • Jess McCarthy October 26, 2010, 11:30 am

    What is your email address?

  • Angie Lower October 26, 2010, 11:50 am

    I would love to try these…

  • marla {family fresh cooking} October 26, 2010, 12:15 pm

    Louise, you TEASE! I love this post & those XXL chocolate chip cookies look divine. I could see why you would want to take a tray of these to the grave. All of that gooey chocolate with cookie crumb is food porn indeed. Thanks for all of your helpful baking tips as well. xo

  • Anonymous October 26, 2010, 2:49 pm

    These look fabulous!I would love your recipe! I do have a wonderful, unbelievably good cc cookie recipe but I wasn't sure how to send it as it has more than 300 characters.
    Everyone who eats these cookies goes crazy and even though I gave this recipe to my sister she calls them HER signature cookies and won't share the recipe!! ha ha – she is still a stinker!! Please send me your email and I will share this recipe.

  • Anonymous October 26, 2010, 4:00 pm

    I have a cookie recipe that my family begs me to make all the time. (I have 6 brothers, 6 sisters, 3 brother-in-laws, 4 sister-in-laws, 3 nephews, 3 nieces, plus 7 assorted parents/in-laws/step-parents; when I say my family, I just want you to know how many people are actually asking for these cookies on a regular basis.) I call them Scottish Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies. I will exchange this recipe for yours.

  • Kathy - Panini Happy October 26, 2010, 5:33 pm

    I don't know which I love more – the fabulous cookies or the gorgeous photos themselves. I'm very intrigued by the scoop out the dough, cut it half and reassemble technique. Is that what makes them extra thick? That's like the holy grail of chocolate chip cookie baking!

  • Erika Beth, the Messy Chef October 26, 2010, 5:34 pm

    Ha! These look great and I understand why you can't share your recipe. I, on the other hand, believe the recipe becomes alive with the baker. Therfore, a bad baker couldn't make these as well as you if you DID share the recipe. So, rest easy. 😉

  • ~ Chef Louise October 26, 2010, 8:34 pm

    hey friends, if I didn't get you the recipe and you want it my email is

  • Anonymous October 26, 2010, 10:56 pm

    Hi Chef Louise~ I have been cooking cookies for decades and have never found a good chocolate chip recipe that I can reproduce on a regular basis.
    Thank you for sharing with me! I will try and find a cookie recipe to send to you in exchange. Thank you! Nancy

  • oneponychick66 October 28, 2010, 2:07 am

    Hi I always use Maida Heatters hocolate Chip cookie recipe frm her 1st Dessert book – I will be happy to send-would love to have recipe for your so very Yummy Looking Cookie! Thxs! Sandy

  • ~ Chef Louise October 28, 2010, 2:38 am

    Friends, I am THRILLED about all the new cookie recipes I've received. This was the best idea, thank you, thank you, thank you…

  • LimeCake October 28, 2010, 10:40 am

    oh my lord that picture looks incredible! makes me wanna reach out and grab the cookie!

  • Feast on the Cheap October 31, 2010, 4:32 pm

    Fabulous tips – and fabulous photos. It's evident you and your camera are becoming fast friends… Very impressive!

  • Kim November 3, 2010, 5:17 am

    I don't have a secret recipe of my own, but can I have your recipe anyway, if I promise to give you a secret recipe when I come up with one? 😉


    P.S. Let me know when you want to take a coffee break together!

  • High Plains Drifters November 9, 2010, 7:37 pm
  • Anonymous January 6, 2011, 6:23 am

    OH please share this recipe with me…the cookies look so delicious!

    i do'nt have any recipes i call my own, but if i do i'll share them with you right away!

    my email:


  • Anonymous August 16, 2011, 4:46 pm

    I would Love to have a copy of your cookie recipe. I just adore cookies and my boys would love it. Thanks.

  • Casey Colodny October 14, 2011, 5:20 am

    Just a college cook who loves cooking for her roommates 🙂 …It’d be awesome to have this recipe to share the love, but not the recipe of coarse! …If you could email it to me thatd be great!!

    • cheflouisemellor October 14, 2011, 2:27 pm

      Hi Casey- thanks for stopping by… check you email for a surprise.

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