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The Thin Chocolate Chip Cookie

So, what makes these chocolate chip cookies so thin and crisp? A higher white to brown sugar ratio lends crispness to the final product.
When it comes to doneness, you want to remove your cookies from the oven before they look done. The edges should be brown and the center still soft. If the middle is already hard, guess what? They're already burned.
This recipe first appeared in Season 3 of Good Eats.
The Thin Chocolate Chip Cookie on a parchment paper-lined wire rack
ACTIVE TIME: 20 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 35 minutes
Yield: 30 cookies


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Specialized Hardware

  • Digital kitchen scale
  • Ice cream disher (#20, to be exact)


  • Heat oven to 375ºF. Line 5 half sheet pans with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Sift together the flour, salt, and baking soda in a mixing bowl. In a seperate bowl, combine the egg, milk, and vanilla and bring to room temperature.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter, starting on low speed to soften it. Add the sugars. Increase the speed, and cream the mixture until light and fluffy. Reduce the speed back to low and add the egg mixture slowly. Increase the speed and mix until well combined.
  • Slowly add the flour mixture, scraping the sides of the bowl until thoroughly combined. Stir in the chocolate chips. Scoop onto the prepared pans, 6 cookies per pan. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes, checking the cookies after 5 minutes. Rotate the pan halfway through baking for more even browning.
  • Remove the cookies from the pans to a wire rack immediately. Once cooled, store in an airtight container for up to a week, or freeze in zip-top bags for up to 3 months.