Canto 6 Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies ($1.75)
This petite Jamaica Plain patisserie is most famous for super-flaky croissants and deeply caramelized canneles, but their salty chocolate chip cookies are a favorite of ours. The formula: crackly on the outside, pull-apart soft in the center, packed with gooey chunks of 72 percent Callebaut, and flecked with just enough coarse grains of sea salt to make each bite crunch and pop.
Flour Bakery and Café’s Valrhona Chocolate Chip Cookies ($1.75)
If Joanne Chang’s chocolate chip cookies look a bit like classic Toll House treats, there’s a good reason. That recipe was her entry into baking as a kid, and the jumping off point for the cookies she now sells at her own bakeries. To upgrade the formula, she worked in bread flour for more substantial chew and stirred milk chocolate chunks into the batter for malty sweetness. (There are dark chocolate chunks, too.) Otherwise, it’s a pretty classic rendition of the thin, crisp variety. The edges are crunchy and deeply browned, while the middle retains a hint of tacky chew.
Flour Bakery and Cafe
Sofra's Chocolate Chip Cookies ($1.50)
These cookies are relatively small, but a good inch thick at their domed centers, which makes the overall effect of the cookie quite chewy. Thick semisweet chunks of Callebaut chocolate fill every bite, adding a nice contrast to the chewy cookie dough, which is mellow and buttery, with a good shot of vanilla.
Clear Flour Chocolate Chunk Cookies ($2.75)
Instead of chunks or chips, the chocolate in these cookies appears in thin sheets layered throughout the dough. As a result, there's a generous—but not overwhelming—amount of chocolate in every bite. And in a cookie big enough to hold with two hands, that's a lot of chocolate.
Clear Flour Bread
Hi-Rise Chocolate Chunk Cookies ($3)
It’s easy to get distracted by Hi-Rise’s inventive sandwiches. But treat yourself to one of their giant chocolate chip cookies for dessert. The semisweet Callebaut chocolate appears both in chunky slabs as well as swirled through the batter, and because they're fairly thick in the middle, you get a mouthful of chocolate in just about every bite. They're crisp at the edges, chewy in the center, and lightly cracked across the top.
Hi-Rise Bread Company
Cutty's Taza Chocolate Chip Cookies ($.95)
These sandwich shop cookies were made even better by a recent upgrade to Taza Chocolate from nearby Somerville, Mass. The flavorful dough is now studded with big, melty chunks of Taza's organic, stoneground chocolate. But they haven't gone overboard on the sweet stuff. Cutty's still hits the right ratio of chocolate-to-dough (the toffee flavor of which is amped up with browned butter and a good amount of salt) in a cookie that boasts a thick, chewy center and pleasantly crisp edges.