The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie

“Chocolate chip cookies, I gotta have more,
You can bake ’em in the oven, or buy ’em at the store
But whatever you do have ’em ready at the door
And I’ll love you till I die!”

– Chorus of Chocolate Chip Cookies by Bill Steele

My husband loves chocolate chip cookies – – almost as much as I love coffee and chocolate. He claims that if he were given the choice of any dessert, a chocolate chip cookie would be his pick . . . along with an ice cold glass of milk. Cookie Monster apparently made quite an impression on him in his early childhood.

We don’t celebrate Hubby’s birthday with cake. And I’ve never fretted over what to give him for Valentine’s Day. From made-from-scratch, to store bought, to gourmet, he’s tried the gamut. If chocolate chip cookies are what Hubby loves, chocolate chip cookies are what Hubby gets! We even bucked tradition and served a giant groom’s cookie at our wedding reception. Not a radical move these days, but it was an uncommon occurrence 16 (almost 17) years ago.

In early December, I enjoyed a girls’ getaway weekend trip to Chicago. Christmastime in Chicago, oh what shopping fun! I was like a kid in a candy store. When one of my girlfriends pointed out a Vosges Chocolate shop, I ran in to load up on casually strolled in to select a few goodies to take back to my family. At the end of the counter, by the cash register, was a tasty looking display of chocolate chip cookies as big as my face! When I asked for their price, the cashier informed me that they were not for sale but were an example of the finished product of The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix. BINGO! I’d just found a perfect Christmas gift for Hubby.

Though Hubby is the big chocolate chip cookie fan, it seemed that I was the one that couldn’t wait to make those cookies. Every time I opened the pantry, that white and purple box cried out to me. But, being that it was his gift, I refrained from suggesting we make them. Then, finally, a couple of weeks ago he got his Betty Crocker on.

While Hubby was in the kitchen, I was in our home office channeling my inner Mark Brunetz, so only got the following pictures:

HOT OUT OF THE OVEN

Do these look gorgeous or what?

Now this isn’t a mix you just whomp up, mind you. In order to get the perfect cookie, one must read the instructions carefully. Really! It even says so on the box:

My dear Hubby did just that and the end result was pure chocolate chip cookie nirvana! Never was there a more fitting name for a recipe. Vosges’ mix truly does yield the ultimate chocolate chip cookie! They were the most divine, most decadent cookies we have ever eaten — which is why there are no more pictures to share! Who has time for pictures when there’s some good eating to be done? 😉

I could try to describe a Vosges Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie to you, but I see no need to when Katrina Markoff, founder of Vosges Haut-Chocolat, as already done so in a most poetic way:

“While some like their chocolate chip cookies crunchy and others like them chewy, I lie somewhere in between. My ideal cookie is large enough to share with a mounded top and thin, crisp edges. I like to hear the crunch of the cookie exterior against my teeth juxtaposed to the gooey chocolate and the moist interior. Achieving this perfect balance is a labor of love, science and art!”

My friends, Vosges has ruined us for any other chocolate chip cookie. And for that, we are thankful!

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7 Comments

  1. Honest to coffee, that just made me drool. They look DIVINE.

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  2. 50 degrees! That is awesome! We are getting a snow storm here this evening. Good night to stay home and curl up with wordpress haha joking

    Good luck with that half, cannot wait to hear how the training goes

    Cheers

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  3. These cookies look awesome! 🙂 Thank you for the link to my blog. 🙂

    Reply

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