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Jake’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

Jake’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

Our friend Jake makes the best chocolate chip cookies. He made me a batch for my birthday in February and I was in heaven..and so was Josh. Josh was eating them so fast I had to hide some in the freezer for later:) Well, he eventually found those and the cookies were gone. It was a sad day.

Well, good news! Jake recently shared his secret recipe with me. I was so excited, but a little nervous to bake them. I didn’t want to ruin a good thing. I eventually got over my stage fright and whipped up a batch.

I was surprised there wasn’t any super special secret ingredient. The recipe looked pretty basic, just like any other chocolate chip cookie recipe. I think the big difference was using quality ingredients, creaming the butter and sugar for a long time, and there was no baking powder involved.

I followed Jake’s instructions to a T and the results were outstanding! The cookies were divine! Thanks Jake. The recipe is below, in Jake’s words. Now, I just have to refrain myself from making them every week. Having this recipe could be dangerous:)

Jake’s Chocolate Chip Cookies
(Printable Recipe)

Here is my basic recipe as good as I can remember it. I don’t really have it written down I just know what goes in. :-)

2 sticks of good unsalted butter. ( I use the Land o’ Lakes European style)
1 cup of white Sugar
1 cup dark brown sugar

Cream together for at least 5 minutes. I cream the butter and sugar until it has turned nearly white. It takes at least 5 minutes sometimes more depending on the temp of the butter.

3 Eggs

Add one at a time mixing well.

2-3 tsp Vanilla Extract (the good stuff)
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt

2-3 Cups flour (I used 3)

Be careful not to add too much flour. A lot of good cookies have gone bad because of too much flour. I will usually mix in 2 cups and let the mixer go for about 5-6 minutes then adjust with a little bit more 1/4 cup at a time.

Bag of quality chocolate chips. (Jake recommends

Ghirardelli but I used chopped up bars of Scharffen Berger. This is the only change I made to the recipe.)

Mix well. If needed add an additional 1/4 cup of flour but not too much. Once the chips are in you can’t mix for too long so any flour you add may not get mixed in completely.

Bake at 350 for 9-12 minutes depending on size of cookie. I don’t rotate pans or anything like that. I put in a single pan at a time and cook until they are done. I leave the door closed until the timer goes off and I check them. Cookies aren’t souffles but I kind of treat them like souffles. I like the individual variations that can occur in doneness by not rotating the pan.

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66 Responses to “Jake’s Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. VeggieGirl — March 29, 2009 @ 12:13 pm

    Having a friend who bakes sensational chocolate chip cookies = priceless!!

  2. Dawn — March 29, 2009 @ 12:19 pm

    I swear dark brown sugar makes a world of diff.

  3. Balance, Joy and Delicias! — March 29, 2009 @ 12:26 pm

    yeah~~ I want a friend like you! 😀

  4. Jenny — March 29, 2009 @ 12:30 pm

    mmm, yum.. I will have to try this recipe out.

  5. indhu — March 29, 2009 @ 12:37 pm

    yummy :)
    am soo going to try this one :)

    – Indhu (

  6. PheMom — March 29, 2009 @ 12:49 pm

    Any scope that is worth using so much it is remembered by heart is worth trying in my book. Those look awesome!

  7. Gaby — March 29, 2009 @ 12:51 pm

    these look soooo yummy!

  8. HoneyB — March 29, 2009 @ 1:32 pm

    A couple of these would make me a very happy camper. They look awesome!

  9. Heather — March 29, 2009 @ 1:41 pm

    ohhh. i want jake to be my friend, too!

  10. ttfn300 — March 29, 2009 @ 1:50 pm

    hehe, gotta love awesome cookies!! glad he shared the recipe :)

  11. Rosa's Yummy Yums — March 29, 2009 @ 2:26 pm

    Oh, yummy! That’s something I love!



  12. Erica — March 29, 2009 @ 2:31 pm

    YUM! Isn’t it amazing how much the quality of the ingredients can impact the outcome? They look fabulous! Thank you for sharing with us too Jake!!

    How are you feeling this weekend?

  13. Megan — March 29, 2009 @ 3:06 pm

    I’m craving sweets right now and these look pretty darn tasty. I’ll have to give these a try. There is always room for another CC cookie recipe!

  14. Pearl — March 29, 2009 @ 3:10 pm

    where did you get a friend like jake? i want one, too! 😀
    wow – what incredible looking chocolate chip cookies! i don’t think those would last a day.

  15. Debbie — March 29, 2009 @ 4:22 pm

    I am always ready for another chocolate chip recipe. I love chocolate chip cookies and have no self control when it comes to eating them!!!!

  16. Reeni♥ — March 29, 2009 @ 5:36 pm

    They look delicious! They look soft in the middle, just the way I like them!

  17. Donna-FFW — March 29, 2009 @ 5:38 pm

    How delicious, I have never made them with dark brown sugar! Love them!

  18. Melissa — March 29, 2009 @ 5:57 pm

    They look scrumptiously delicious! :)

  19. Annie — March 29, 2009 @ 6:45 pm

    I could eat them everyday. They look so good.
    I agree about the dark brown sugar, it really does make a difference.

  20. The Food Librarian — March 29, 2009 @ 7:13 pm

    These look delicious! I can’t wait to try them.

  21. A_and_N — March 29, 2009 @ 7:31 pm

    You have a friend who bakes for you? Wow, I play that role usually :(

  22. Amy Beatty — March 29, 2009 @ 8:54 pm

    I want that dough, it looks so good!

  23. Cakebrain — March 29, 2009 @ 10:59 pm

    just what I was craving! love those craggy dark chunks of chocolate!

  24. CookiePie — March 30, 2009 @ 2:57 am

    A friend with a fabulous chocolate-chip cookie recipe is a good friend to have! :) Thanks for sharing!

  25. Culinary Wannabe — March 30, 2009 @ 3:50 am

    They look thin and crisp, with a nice gooey center – the perfect consistency for a chocolate chip cookie!

  26. Meghan — March 30, 2009 @ 5:43 am

    These look so good! I’ve been on the look out for a good chocolate chip cookie recipe!

  27. Katherine Aucoin — March 30, 2009 @ 6:09 am

    I love chocolate chip cookies and dark brown sugar is what puts them over the top!

  28. The Short (dis)Order Cook — March 30, 2009 @ 6:15 am

    Isn’t amazing how some people just have the right touch with chocolate chip cookies. I baked batches of them for years before I got them right.

    I may be weird, but I always prefer light brown sugar to dark in my cookies. I just find the molasses taste too strong when I use dark brown sugar.

    That’s some awesome chocolate you used there. Wow!

  29. Mary — March 30, 2009 @ 6:48 am

    These look good, Maria. Isn’t it funny how we keep trying new versions of some recipes while others simply stay as they were first written. I guess we’re all on a quest for a perfect cc cookie.

  30. stephchows — March 30, 2009 @ 7:41 am

    WOW 2 sticks butter??? I bet they taste good hehe. Thank you Jake for sharing your recipe!

  31. Maria — March 30, 2009 @ 7:49 am

    Thanks everyone. I am so glad Jake shared his recipe, it is a good one!

  32. Jo — March 30, 2009 @ 7:55 am

    yummy! these looks wonderful :)

  33. Cathy — March 30, 2009 @ 8:06 am

    Awesome! Jake’s techniques are really interesting, especially the long mixing after adding the flour. I can’t wait to give them a try. This looks soooo good, and I really can’t get enough of chocolate chip cookies (especially amazing ones!)

  34. lesley — March 30, 2009 @ 8:19 am

    Yum! You just can’t beat some good chocolate chip cookies!

  35. Pam — March 30, 2009 @ 8:40 am

    Mmmm. I could eat quite a few of those beauties. They look GREAT!

    Your lemon bundt cake down below is calling my name.

  36. Grace — March 30, 2009 @ 8:49 am

    your stacking prowess is outstanding. :)
    great cookies, obviously.

  37. How To Eat A Cupcake — March 30, 2009 @ 9:45 am

    You can never have too many chocolate chip cookie recipes! I’ll have to try my favorite recipe with European butter! I love using chopped up chocolate in mine too. These look so yummy!!

  38. Sara — March 30, 2009 @ 10:22 am

    Yum! Nothing beats a homemade chocolate chip cookie!

  39. Jake — March 30, 2009 @ 10:29 am

    I’m glad everyone likes those cookies. Maria was begging me for the recipe for months before I finally gave in and wrote it down. :-)

    I’m honored to be featured on Maria’s blog.

  40. pinkstripes — March 30, 2009 @ 11:02 am

    Those look great! I must try them.

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