Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies for Willie

Are any of you in the U.S. watching season 5 of Masterchef right now?  I am.  Although I watch on Tuesday nights because we don’t have cable.  Last night I witnessed the top 7 turn into the top 6, and I was devastated to see Willie go.  Beyond his original dish ideas and complex flavor profiles, he seemed to always keep his spirits high in the Masterchef kitchen, and was always incredibly humble.  I may or may not have welled up at the end of the episode.  Willie’s grandmother puts it best: “Your attitude will always determine your altitude.”

In honor of Willie, I decided to try a new recipe tonight.  These cookies, adapted from Baker by Nature, are unlike any cookies I’ve ever made.  While I initially felt defeated by the semi-unfamiliar baking procedure, I realized that Willie had to try many new things while on Masterchef, too.  He would appreciate these cookies, as they are delicious and sure-fire crowd pleasers.  So here goes!

Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies for Willie (adapted from Baker by Nature)

Prep time: 20  minutes | Bake time: 10 minutes per batch | Yields: 32 cookies


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp flakey sea salt
  • 15 tbs salted butter
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks

Preheat oven to 375°F.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

In a medium-sized bowl, fork together the dry ingredients and set aside.

Place 8 tbs of butter in a wok or large saucepan over medium heat.  Cook for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly, until the butter had browned.  Remove from heat and stir in remaining 7 tbs of butter.  Add the sugars and vanilla to the melted butter.  Whisk until combined.  Add eggs and whisk together vigorously for 30 seconds.

Let wet mixture sit idle for 5 minutes, then repeat 30-second whisking.  Gently fold in the flour with a spatula.  Once the flour begins to disappear, fold in the three chocolate varieties.

Roll cookie dough into 2-tbs balls with your hands.  Be sure to place enough space between the cookies on the baking sheets.  When both sheets are prepared, bake cookies for 10 minutes, switching rack positions halfway though.  Let cool and transfer to a wire rack.  Continue until all cookie dough is used.

From Scissors & Sage

Do you have a go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe?  Or a favorite Masterchef contestant?  Who do you think will win the Masterchef title this season?

PS) Check out these Chewy Chocolate Jumbles I made last year–quite a different cookie, but just as tasty!

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