Barefoot Contessa Chocolate Chip Cookies

On our way home yesterday, Maggie (the littlest M of MEM) said that she wanted to make “real” cookies not “pretend” ones, when we got home.  I could not think of a better idea for a rainy afternoon.

From the suggestion of Evelyn we decided to make the Barefoot Contessa Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe instead of my usual Toll House.  It is similar to the traditional Toll House recipe, except there is more brown sugar and less granulated sugar and flour. Also,  you use chunks instead of chips and you get to use lots of them!  I have to say one can not go wrong with lots of butter, brown sugar and chocolate.  The cookies were thinner and crispier,  which makes for a better dunking cookie for that glass of milk or cup of coffee.  Maggie, this was the perfect afternoon project for a rainy day!


Speaking of Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa, we had the honor of meeting her at the Fancy Food Show this past Monday.  We talked to her for a bit and she even let us snap this picture.  Ms. Garten was a delight.  She  is soft spoken and very sweet as well she seemed interested in what we are doing at Chez Us (maybe she was just being nice ;) );  regardless it was fantastic to meet the woman who is hanging out with us in our pjs every Saturday morning!

Recipe:  Chocolate Chip Cookies

** printed with permission from publishing house


  • 1/2 pound unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 extra large eggs at room temperature
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
  • 1 1/4 pounds semisweet chocolate chunks

How To:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream the butter and two sugars until light and fluffy in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the vanilla, then the eggs, one at a time, and mix well. Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt and add to the butter with the mixer on low speed, mixing only until combined. Fold in the walnuts and chocolate chunks.
  3. Drop the dough on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, using a 1 3/4 inch- diameter ice cream scoop or a rounded tablespoon. Dampen your hands and flatten the dough slightly. Bake for exactly 15 minutes (the cookies will seem underdone). Remove from the oven and let cool slightly on the pan, transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


  1. There’s nothing like a hot, gooey chocolate chip cookie right out of the oven! I just made a batch myself (any excuse to keep that nice, warm oven on).

    How fun that you got to meet Ina! I think she’s great!

  2. Kristin says:

    Awesome photo! I love Ina Garten. The cookies look great too. Nice and crispy around the edges.

  3. Ohhhh cookies during the rain! Where’s our blanket and the remote? That’s all we’d need, and your cookies would be gone. Luck you to meet Ina. We want to adopt her as an aunt.

  4. Ina Garten is amazing! My faves are her caramelized onion dip and cheddar cheese corn chowder. I love chocolate chunks in cookies too!

  5. Ina is great. How I envy you actually meeting her. I have never made a recipe of hers that wasn’t delicious.
    I will look for her cookie recipe. It is a nice cold day here.
    Sounds perfect!

  6. Shanti says:

    Do you know how perfect those cookies look to me? Golden, crispy and ready to join a debauchery duet of scotch for me! Thank you for posting and sending!

  7. Starry says:

    These cookies are amazing! I can’t believe such small modifications can transform a plain chocolate chip cookie into pure yumminess! They make a great ice cream sandwich, which was a big favorite at my daughter’s 3rd birthday party.

  8. Hi Starry – We have to agree with you. Keep trying new recipes and always come back to this one. Perfect!

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  10. Janice says:

    I made these cookies and they are the best Chocolate Chip Cookies I ever had. DELICIOUS as all Ina’s recipes I have tried are. Love you Ina….

  11. Janice says:

    I made these cookies and they are the best Chocolate Chip Cookies I ever had. DELICIOUS as all Ina’s recipes are. I love you Ina…..

  12. Janice says:

    Love this recipe and love Ina, but 15 minutes in my oven was too long to bake them. I just watch until they were golden brown and them took them out. They were PEREFT!!


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