Degustibus non est disputandum.
My dad was an altar boy back when the Catholic Church was still steeped in Latin. He was a chemistry major for 3 yrs and then he went to law school well before the “plain language” movement hit its stride. Needless to say, the man has some Latin phrases in his arsenal. His favorite? Degustibus non est disputandum. Literal translation: In matters of taste there is no dispute.
This was uttered so often in our house we shortened it to degustibus for ease. “You don’t want chocolate syrup on your chocolate chocolate chip ice cream? Degustibus.” “That play we just saw where I wanted to personally hunt down the playwright for wasting 2 hours of my life is your new favorite?? Degustibus.” “You’re really rooting for the Yankees to win it all? Deg…no, sorry, no defense for that one.”
So, here we are at the Chocolate Chip Cookie, otherwise known as the Holy Grail of the home baker. And when it comes to Chocolate Chip Cookies (you can see this coming a mile away)…degustibus. We like them the way like them and that’s that. Unless, of course, you like them out of a Duncan Heinz package in which case an intervention is in order.
Dorie’s are very similar to Toll House – she says so right up front. I love Toll House, grew up eating them. My mom had a special knack for getting them just right. They are one of her two requested dishes (the other is tacos, don’t ask how). I have, however, discovered that Toll House are not my favorite. My current love is the fake Neiman Marcus recipe but I was rather fond of the NY Times recipe as well. Frankly, I have yet to encounter the Chocolate Chip Cookie that makes me turn away.
top is the lower baking temperature; the bottoms browned pretty early on the 375 batch.
Variations: Mine were thin but I am not sure they spread as much as others’. In what I hope will become a somewhat regular feature to my postings, I made them straight and with a variation. I was short on time so my variation this week was baking batches at different temperatures. The first batch was 325 for 14 minutes (should have pulled them at 13) and the second was per Dorie’s instruction. The 325ers were prettier but the taste wasn’t much different.
Bottom line: I liked them but they won’t be my go to recipe. Chopping the chocolate, however, is GENIUS.
Next week: Honey Wheat cookies (I am irrationally excited for these). The full recipe for this week is at Kait’s Plate.