The Food Lab

The Food Lab: The Science of the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

J. Kenji López-Alt 158 comments

I've never been able to get a chocolate chip cookie exactly the way I like. I'm talking chocolate cookies that are barely crisp around the edges with a buttery, toffee-like crunch that transitions into a chewy, moist center that bends like caramel, rich with butter and big pockets of melted chocolate. I made it my goal to test each and every element from ingredients to cooking process, leaving no chocolate chip unturned in my quest for the best. 32 pounds of flour, over 100 individual tests, and 1,536 cookies later, I had my answers. More

The Food Lab's Top Nine Tips For Perfect Apple Pie

J. Kenji López-Alt 14 comments

The perfect pie is equal parts science and art, and there are few things more intimidating in the American culinary repertoire than pie crust. How many of you have slaved away at a crust only to have it crumble upon rolling? How many of you have pulled a beautiful pie out of the oven only to realize upon slicing into it that the perfectly golden brown crust is leathery or tough? Or that your apple pie filling has turned mushy in the oven? Here are the most essential tips and techniques that will guarantee a perfect pie for your Thanksgiving table. More

The Food Lab: Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

J. Kenji López-Alt 36 comments

If our Hot Chocolate/Cocoa Taste Test showed us anything, it's that most mixes are not really worth drinking. But you can't deny the convenience of simply stirring a few tablespoons of powder into a cup of hot water or milk. So I decided to try and come up with a homemade recipe that would match the convenience of a powder, and beat it in terms of price and flavor. More

The Food Lab: Real Ice Cream Without an Ice Cream Machine

J. Kenji López-Alt 84 comments

When I say ice cream, I mean the real deal: Ice cream that's rich, smooth and creamy on the spoon. Ice cream that melts slowly into a luscious, tongue-coating custard. The kind of badass ice cream that makes lesser people feel guilty for eating it. The kind of ice cream worth getting out of bed in the middle of the night for. I mean real ice cream. My goal this week: Keep the ice cream, lose the machine. More

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