When you got home from school as a kid, right after you dropped your backpack at the door, what was the first thing you hoped to see on the kitchen counter? If you're anything like me, it was fresh-baked cookies.
Now, if you're anything like me, you also thought "from scratch" meant that you got the cookie dough in the little tube in the refrigerated section of the grocery store. Because that's what my mom told me and that's what I legitimately thought it meant until I went to college and my domestically blessed roomie helped me figure out the finer points of baking.
But really, there is something therapeutic about baking cookies from scratch. The sifting, the measuring, the stirring, the way the house smells as the scents of vanilla and chocolate waft through the kitchen and down the halls. And that first taste of warm, melty, gooey cookie. Nothing like it.
That's certainly the way that Pinterest users feel about the platform's most popular chocolate chip cookie. After all, it's been pinned more than 138,000 times.
Jacques Torres' secret chocolate chip cookie recipe was reprinted and photographed at the blog Tender Crumb, and boy does it hit all the right notes.
See it on Pinterest: Jacques Torres' Secret Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
Important notes to the recipe include hand-chopping chocolate chunks, refrigerating the dough for at least 24 hours and up to three days, and the stipulation to use both pastry and bread flours for optimal texture. This isn't the quickest recipe on the block, but it might be the greatest. Chocolate chunks, vanilla, butter — if anything there doesn't make you start drooling, read that ingredient list one more time.