I just found out yesterday that this week is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Week! How did I not know about this sooner? It’s a shame that a day has already passed, and I haven’t started celebrating this very important holiday. I vow to change that right now.
I googled for news about National Chocolate Chip Cookie Week, and I didn’t find that much buzz. I can’t believe this isn’t a bigger deal – probably because most people aren’t as baked good-obsessed as I am. But it’s not like I’d bake cookies while Cool Mum moves around heavy objects, right?
I used to crave CCCs that were moist and chewy with a crisp exterior and melty chocolate chips, like your classic Toll House cookie. Those still sound really good as I’m wiping drool from my keyboard. However, I now really drool over dense, crunchy cookies with textured mix-ins like nuts, oats, and/or Rice Krispies. And that will be the last mention of my drool in this post. My friend made some cookies like this last week, and I promptly requested the recipe.
To start celebrating National Chocolate Chip Cookie Week, here are three NYC spots where you can pick up a great chocolate chip cookie.
1. Levain Bakery, Upper West Side – I documented our first trip to Levain in this post. Basically, they are warm, gooey mini-mountains of dough, chocolate, and walnuts (pictured above). I think they’re $4.00 now, but totally worth the experience.
2. Two Little Red Hens, Upper East Side – This bakery is known for its dreamy cupcakes, but their chocolate chunk cookies are my fav item. I don’t remember if they have walnuts or pecans. It’s been a while since I’ve had one because they’re always sold out by the time I get there. (Argh!!) Still, it’s a big, satisfying cookie for a mere $1.60 or so.
3. The Chocolate Room, Park Slope – We were on a day trip to Brooklyn and stumbled across this quaint cafe. (And yes, when you have two little kids and live on the Upper East Side, a visit to Brooklyn is a day trip.) We couldn’t resist a place called ‘The Chocolate Room’, and it delivered. Soft and crisp chocolate chip cookies for a mere $0.80. I ate a few.
Today, I’ll pick up ingredients for my friend’s recipe and let you know how it goes. Happy National Chocolate Chip Cookie Week!