Sunday, April 15, 2012

The Chocolate Chip Cookie Diet

I'm on a diet. It's called the 3-day chocolate chip cookie challenge diet thingamagiger.

What it involves:

*Making chocolate chip cookies from scratch
*Dividing dough into 3 portions
*Refrigerating dough
*Baking first portion on day one and eating
*Baking second portion on day two and eating
*Baking third portion on day three and eating
*Deciding if it's worth the 3-day challenge

Well, I did it. I baked the award winning chocolate chip cookie recipe hailed by the New York Times (and many others). Here is the recipe by Jacques Torres. I did adapt my recipe a bit. I used bourbon vanilla extract and milk chocolate chips instead of bittersweet chocolate disks.

Now, the reason for my 3-day challenge....drum roll please....the recipe calls for the dough to be refrigerated for 24-36 hours. And because I'm an instant gratification type person, I didn't want to wait a whole day or three to eat my cookies. Hence, the challenge. I wanted to see how refrigerating the dough affected the quality, look, and taste of my cookies.

Here we go:

Day 1 (Same Day Dough Was Made)

My personal preference....the cookies tasted best on Day 1.

Day 2 (24 hours later)

The cookies did turn out fluffier, but taste wise no major difference.

Day 3 (36 hours later)

Not worth the 36 hour personal opinion.

If you have not yet tried this recipe, it's a must. They are very similar to bakery bought chocolate chip cookies. Note: Make sure not to over bake these. At first glance, they seem underdone, but once you take them out of the oven and let them sit for a couple of minutes, they look just fine. I went way longer than said baking time and mine turned our really crunchy on day 1 and 2. By day 3, I learned my lesson:). 


  1. This really looks delicious. I'm definitely craving for a plate of that right now. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe. This is definitely a must do recipe this weekend since I got my Food Handler Certification.

  2. How Awesome! Congratulations! Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment! Definitely a must try recipe!