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My Chocolate Chip Cookie Challenge 
Oct. 26, 2009 11:20 pm 
Updated: Feb. 14, 2012 7:29 pm
When Scotdog posted her chocolate chip cookie challenge, I wanted to join in on the fun!  I decided to bake three different AR recipes that are similar in content.  I chose (1) Best Chocolate Chip Cookies, (2) Best Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie, and (3) Felix K.’s ‘don’t even try to say these aren’t the best you’ve ever eaten, because they are’ Chocolate Chip Cookies.  

I made each batch of cookies using King Arthur’s white whole wheat flour, Land O Lakes salted butter (even with #2), and a good grade of Madagascar vanilla.  I followed the recipes exactly as written, and the baking times are pretty much right on the mark.  I distributed the cookies in baggies labeled only as #1, #2, and #3 to 20 people.

Here are the results:

12 people liked #2
6 people liked #3
2 people liked #1

Second choice honors went to #3 with 12 votes, #2 with 6, and #1 with 2.

People had a lot of reasons for their choices—taste, and texture being the biggest reasons.  My 7 year-old granddaughter tried to bribe my son into voting for #3!  My family still likes Urban Legend cookies best, and they also mentioned Sweettreats’ Ultimate cookies from Recipezaar.  My favorite?  Butterfinger Chunkies all the way!
Oct. 27, 2009 1:38 am
Marianne, that is so awesome. It's funny how recipes differ using pretty much the same ingredients. I've just added # 2 to my recipe box for hubby and daughter. Enjoyed your blog and glad you got it up and running.
Oct. 27, 2009 1:58 am
That was awesome. It must have been a lot of fun to do. Now we all know which cookie is the most popular. Thanks for doing all the leg work for us. Recipe #2 will be added to my recipe box. Thanks again and congratulations!
Oct. 27, 2009 2:52 am
Very interesting! Thanks Marianne for undertaking this challenge! I wanted to attempt it but then my husband would feel he had to be the ONLY taste tester of ALL of them! ;)
Oct. 27, 2009 3:38 am
What a great experiment! Now I'll just have to try #2. Thanks for the input, Marianne.
Oct. 27, 2009 4:46 am
Very cool Marianne! You had more people try yours!
Oct. 27, 2009 5:45 am
Nice job, Marianne! I'm also a big fan of the #2 choice! But I am going to try Felix's soon!
Oct. 27, 2009 6:09 am
I'll be making C.C. Cookies as my first adventure w/ Lucy - so, thanks for the input on the recipes. (I'll probably start w/ the N-M $250 recipe, tho.) Good job on the blog and glad you got it all together!
Oct. 27, 2009 6:13 am
Thanks, everyone. The one thing I lost when I tried my various attempts to post this is that any one of the three is tasty and would be well-liked had not the others been present!
Oct. 27, 2009 6:15 am
And, by the way, my son asked my daughter if she thought I was starting to lose it! He's thinks I've begun the descent into dementia! (I hope he was kidding!)
Oct. 27, 2009 6:54 am
Wow, that's great! Now I know which one to make next time I'm in the mood for chocolate chip cookies. Only the best will do! Thanks Marianne!
Oct. 27, 2009 7:39 am
Hmmm I will have to try #2 now!!
Oct. 27, 2009 7:52 am
Nice blog Marianne, and great job on the taste testing. I am with you I get the most compliments with the Neiman Marcus/Urban legend cookies. Everyone seems to love them
Oct. 27, 2009 7:59 am
What a fun, yummy idea!
Oct. 27, 2009 8:46 am
There sure are a lot of happy family and friends around the country with everyone baking delishious chocolate chip cookies. With mixed results I might add. Very intriguing! Good Job Marianne!
Oct. 27, 2009 8:50 am
Thanks for your info Marianne.I just went to the store and bought some chips for the very same reason. Most all of these chocolate chip recipes on here I haven't tried and I really think it's about time. My problem though is with only one kid still left at home and me here, we may have some kind of cavity inducing indulgence. What kind of chips did you use also? Were they Nestles or another brand? And were they semi-sweet, or milk chocolate? Personally I love dark chocolate and just discovered (and bought) Guittard's new Extra Dark chocolate chips.
Oct. 27, 2009 7:39 pm
Avon, I used Nestles. I know there are better out there, but they have always worked for me, and my granddaughters (around whom the whole world turns) like semi-sweet in their cookies. Usually I'm a dark chocolate type person. I'll have to discover these extra dark chips! Yum.
Oct. 27, 2009 7:40 pm
Pelicangal, don't you just love those Urban Legend cookies?! I like to refrig them before baking, too. That's what Mrs. Fields taught me to do (me and everyone else she spoke to through the media); she also likes to bake them in a slower oven than most recipes call for.
Oct. 27, 2009 7:41 pm
Thanks, everyone, for weighing in!
Oct. 30, 2009 4:54 pm
Great blog Marianne! The cookie challenge is a great idea, I never thought to do that and it would be fun to have a party and try it sometime. My fav. is the Felix K. recipe. I make a bigger cookie than the average size and I found I can also add 1 cup of peanut butter to the Felix K. recipe and then add M&M's, white chocolate chips, chocolate chunks. I found it to be very versatile!
Oct. 30, 2009 7:04 pm
Hi Marianne! Thanks for posting your answer to my sweet dilemma! Can't wait to try #2!
Oct. 30, 2009 7:53 pm
I personally LOVE "Barbara Bush's Chocolate Chips" I like soft cookies. (granted i added just a lil more chocolate chips, but that's because i love chocolate chips) All the guys on his ship loved them too.
Oct. 30, 2009 8:46 pm
I have been making cookies for more than 60 years and #2 is my answer to the perfect recipe. I've even posted it on my blog. It's hands down the best ever!!!
Nov. 1, 2009 4:56 am
What a great idea! I may do exactly the same with my teen-age daughter's friends. For myself, I've been searching for a chocolate chip cookie recipe that will match the "cafeteria cookie" of 40 years ago. It was warm, soft and gooey but only if eaten immediately! Had to get to the cafeteria as soon as that aroma hit the air. Alas, I've not been able to recreate it and the old cafeteria ovens and recipes have since been replaced. Maybe someone reading this will have the recipe? Thanks again for your experiement!
Nov. 1, 2009 5:18 am
great blog ... ive used recipe two many times and everyones loved it
Nov. 1, 2009 6:31 am
how can i get the recipes for your cookies?
Nov. 1, 2009 7:52 am
Awesome idea Marianne - what a helpful and informative thing to do. Thanks. I hope more people will do this with other recipes.
Nov. 1, 2009 8:50 am
Grandmao421, those three recipes are on Allrecipes. Hope that helps.
Nov. 1, 2009 2:41 pm
Ran across your blog, having just made #3, it caught my attention. I thought I had found my new favorite choc. chip cookie recipe and my 9 yr. old grandson agreed. I am gonna try out #2. Thanks for the interesting blog.
Nov. 1, 2009 3:37 pm
thats very interesting, I think #2 is the best one myself but my family members liked the others, (I tried all three) Glad to hear someone else agrees with me :)
Nov. 1, 2009 7:36 pm
Be sure to weigh in when you try something, Tashaboo and Casi. Frosted Flakes, I'll have to ask my old cafeteria manager what they made! I'm thinking that next time I'll have to try some of the recipes with oatmeal in them, since I am so sold on Urban Legend! Or maybe peanut butter.
Feb. 9, 2010 8:37 pm
I'm with you. The Butterfinger Chunkies have to be one of the best cookies I've ever had. And....I wasn't a fan of Felix's cookie. I tried it. Good, but not my favorite. Have you tried LTH's Salty and Sweet cookies?
B L 
Jul. 9, 2010 1:09 pm
Marianne, can't believe I missed this! I am going to use the results from my trial (in my blog) on your most popular recipe and see what happens :) Not too soon, though, have had enough cookies for the time being.....
Jul. 9, 2010 8:57 pm
Marianne, just have to tell you an update. I think I told you that my grandson liked Felix's the best. I've made them several times, but time before last they were flat and gooey. Not good. The next time the kids were here, he requested Felix's chocolate chip cookies, "but not like last time"....I told him for sure not like last time. I bought new baking soda and baking powder. They were better, but not like the first few times. I don't understand??? Why do they change?
Jul. 29, 2010 8:21 pm
I would love to know how you came up with your cupcake recipe how did yopu know how much of what to use would you let me know .....
Aug. 27, 2010 5:58 pm
I vote for nbr 2. That is the favorite one of the chocolate chip cookies recipes you mentioned that I have made.
Sep. 1, 2010 10:08 pm
Very interesting, Marianne. I usually stick with Toll House Cookies, but like your idea of testing recipes. Would be a fun project before Christmas at work.
Nov. 30, 2010 4:56 pm
Wow what a yummy challenge. I make the AR recipe for Best Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie a lot at home I bake half of it right away and put the other half in balls in the freezer for instant cookies later on. I want to try the recipe for Neiman Marcus/Urban legend cookies. That sounds good.
Dec. 11, 2010 2:19 pm
To Marianne, thank you so much for your recommendations on the goat cheese honey recipie....
Feb. 11, 2011 5:22 pm
thank you very much for answering my question. I have a recipe for a wonderful chocolate chip cookies. They are called the Million dollar chocolate chip cookie. I will send you he recipe if you are interested
Feb. 14, 2012 7:29 pm
I need to try one of your recipes!!
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