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watershed's chocolate chip cookies

This is a recipe from Watershed, a hip seafood restaurant in Washington D.C. In addition to their succulent seafood and hip Southern sides (hushpuppies anyone?), they are famous for their chocolate chip cookies. They serve out countless batches of these soft, classic cookies with a cold glass of milk for dipping -- the ultimate comfort food.
 And let me just say, these are some good cookies. Adding milk chocolate—in addition to the more-bitter dark chocolate—"gives the cookies a little extra gooey texture" says Tom Wellings, the pastry chef at Watershed. To add another flavor dimension, Wellings recommends sprinkling some sea salt on the cookies right before baking. I love the crinkley, soft, chewy texture of these cookies. There are so many overcomplicated chocolate chip cookie recipes out there (bacon chocolate chip cookies? what in the world?). This is a simple, easy, straightforwardly delicious recipe. Perfect with a glass of cold milk.

I am sending a batch of these along with a batch of snickerdoodles in a care package to my counselors from my service trip in New Mexico, who are currently still there leading another group.
What kind of treats do you like to send in the mail?
With love,
all packed up
Watershed’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

2¾ cup flour
1¼ teaspoons baking powder
1¼ teaspoons baking soda
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1¼ cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1¼ teaspoons salt
1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 bar 70 % dark chocolate, cut into chunks (I used Ghiradhelli)
1 cup milk-chocolate chips

Heat the oven to 350 degrees, and line a sheet tray with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and baking soda, and set aside.
In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter, sugar, brown sugar, salt, and scraped vanilla bean on medium speed until light and fluffy, approximately 3 to 4 minutes. Adjust mixer to a low speed and add the eggs one at a time, until fully incorporated. Add vanilla extract and then the flour mixture. Pulse the mixer on and off just until the flour is totally mixed in. Fold in the chocolate.

Scoop batter onto the sheet tray, sprinkle with sea salt, and bake until golden brown, approximately 12 minutes. The dough—already separated into individual cookie balls—lasts in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.


  1. The cookies look perfect :)

    1. Thank you! I love when my cookies have a nice crackled top :)

  2. these look like perfect choc chip cookies. love the crackles!

    1. Thank you so much! Crakle-y chocolate chip cookies are the best!

  3. This looks like the perfect treat for a stormy day like today :).

    1. They sure would be! Nothing beats a warm, gooey chocolate chip cookie from the oven on a rainy day!

  4. love the look of these cookies but mine turned out awful. did not have thin, crackle top cookies instead they were thick and plain looking ... granted I used only half of the recommended sugar but I really find the taste of too much sugar over-powering nowadays. debating whether I will give these another try. thanks for the recipe anyway.

    1. I think the issue is in the lack of sugar... I know that too much sugar can often be overpowering, however, in this recipe, the sugar is what creates the wonderful, crackle top on these special cookies. Although I am totally understanding of your aversion to sugar, I think it is ok for a sometimes treat. :)

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  6. how did your cookies came out quite flat and even cracked surface, how did u do it ? yr cookies looked like stored bought n very nice looking indeed.

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