Best dishes countdown #39: Chocolate chip cookie from Black Walnut Bakery

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What is more craveable, more fundamentally satisfying than the perfect chocolate chip cookie? And what has more variations, more sworn-by recipes, tweaks, and tricks than that quintessential treat?

We know that no one can make a batch better than your grandma, your mom, your dad, your aunt, your own damn self. But when you need a pro to handle the business for you, look to Sarah Botcher and her Black Walnut Bakery. Her classic pastries are a sophisticated tour of European bakery cases, and yet the simple chocolate chip cookie — sizable, buttery, loaded with rich ribbons of deep dark chocolate — takes the crown.

Prepare to weep for joy and throw out your cookie sheets. 

Black Walnut Bakery

Available at:

Spyhouse Coffee

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Don't fret about how the cookie crumbles. Just snatch up all the pieces and shove them into your mouth.

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