Chocolate Chip Cookie Project Month 1 Results:
Take that, NYT.
To tell you the truth, I’m not surprised.
Right of the oven I think the NYT cookie is slightly better. Zach, taste tester of all oven fresh cookies, also agrees. They also look more appealing than the Crisco cookie, tending to keep their shape better during baking and resulting in a lighter colored cookie dough. However, I think this might be the result of the overnight refrigeration. I have it noted to try the same approach with the Crisco cookie the next time I make them, but for this project I’m baking all cookies as the recipe reads. Zach also mentioned that while he liked the NYT cookie slightly more, the difference was not enough to warrant the extra steps in preparation.
Though the NYT might be slightly better out of the oven, once the cookies have cooled the Crisco cookie wins hands down. The Crisco cookie stays softer longer and is just as good on day one as it is on day 7. The NYT cookie got hard and crumbly on me, almost immediately, even when kept in the same conditions as the Crisco cookie. I actually threw out the remainder of the batch I had left-they were that sub-par.
Round one, clear winner: Crisco cookie.