In the Mood for Chocolate Chip Cookies? Try Melissa Stadler’s Recipe

The history of the chocolate chip cookie is well documented in American history books. Originating in the United States at around 1938, it all started when American chef Ruth Graves Wakefield chopped up a Nestlé semi-sweet chocolate bar and added the chopped chocolate to a cookie recipe.

These days, it’s hard to imagine life without this celebrated cookie (indeed, it’s hard to think of a glass of milk without its glorious sidekick or better half). Recipes for this delightful treat are now outrageously sweet and even more outrageously crisp. But finding just the perfect cookie can be tough.

Most recently, we’ve come across Melissa Stadler’s cookie chip recipe. Though the recipe itself was uploaded quite some time ago, it pops up once and again in food blogs and Instagram, crowned as the Famous Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe.

“These aren’t some ordinary bite-size cookies,” writes Stadler on her website. “No, these are a full-on meal. Well maybe for some people.” The trick, says Stadler, is in their size. “Here’s the deal—you make them big. Really big. Like only four can fit on a cookie sheet, BIG. These are the BEST CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES EVER. Yep, I said it.”

A two-time Pillsbury Bake-Off finalist, Stadler knows what she’s talking about. Her food blog and accompanying Instagram page are filled with quick and easy dinners, healthy recipes, and mouthwatering desserts. But you’ll definitely want to start with the cookies.