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Apparently, Thursday, May 15, is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day -- though who deemed it thus is a mystery to me. I generally refrain from celebrating such ... unorthodox holidays, but I'm willing to make an exception for the worlds best cookie.
Long Island is fertile ground for the dotted darlings.
At Chip n Dipped in Huntington (342 New York Ave., 631-470-2579), homey cookies are baked throughout the day and, after 11 a.m., they are displayed on a warming plate so customers can enjoy them at their tender, gooey best. Cookies are $2.25 each, buy three get the fourth free.
At Sweet to Lick Vegan Bakery (78 Hillside Ave., Williston Park 516-385-8833), Michael Sabet proves that you dont need to use butter or eggs to make a great chocolate chip cookie ($1.50).
If youre on the North Fork on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, make it your business to stop by the Lunch Truck in the parking lot of North Fork Table & Inn (57225 Main Rd., Southold, 631-765-0177) where partner-pastry-chef Claudia Flemings supernal chocolate-chip cookies are $1.50 apiece, $7.50 for a half dozen. The cookies are also available at the restaurants mobile North Fork Food Truck; check its whereabouts on Facebook.
Ive never had better packaged cookies than Tates Bake Shop s frankly theyre better than a lot of homemade cookies its been my misfortune to endure. Made in Southampton, they are widely available at markets and delis. Or order them online (at tatesbakeshop.com) by midnight on Thursday and youll get 25 percent off (a package of three 12-cookie bags usually goes for $22.50 plus shipping). We are also partial to Tates whole-wheat-dark-chocolate-chip cookies, made with earthy (but not overpowering) whole-wheat flour and bittersweet chips.
For the ultimate in chocolate-chip-cookie luxury, pay a visit to Grand Lux Cafe (630 Old Country Rd., Roosevelt Field, Garden City, 516-741-0096). The restaurant offers six baked-to-order desserts, among which are terrific chocolate-chip-pecan cookies, warm, buttery and butterscotchy with a perfect balance of nuts and chocolate. A box containing a dozen is an insane $7.95.
For the ultimate in chocolate-chip-cookie quality and economy, make your own. Heres the best recipe I know of:
LISAS CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
It's hard to improve upon the Toll House cookie recipe located on the Nestle's chocolate chip bag, but this is a strong contender. I like to use Ghirardellis double chocolate chips or Trader Joes Dutch chocolate chips.
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 sticks butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
16 ounces chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
2. With an electric mixer (or vigorously with a wooden spoon), cream butter, Crisco, white sugar and brown sugar. Add vanilla and eggs, mix well. Add dry ingredients and mix well. Finally, fold in chips and nuts.
2. With wet hands, roll dough into 1-inch balls, place on an ungreased baking sheet, and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until golden brown. Makes about 6 dozen cookies.