The science behind the most delicious cookie ever

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The Science Behind the Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

You like soft and chewy. He likes thin and crispy. If only there were a chocolate chip cookie recipe that pleased everyone...

There is! And, no, it's not Martha Stewart's. It's science.

We've taken our cues from a few spots: a bioengineering grad student named Kendra Nyberg, who co-taught a class at UCLA called Science and Food, and chef and cookbook author Tessa Arias, who writes about cookie science on her site, Handle the Heat.

There's also an illuminating Ted Talk animation on cookie science. And if you really want to go nuts (or no nuts, your call), Serious Eats offers 21 painstakingly tested steps for the Perfect Cookie, including kneading times and chocolate prep techniques.

"Even though I can describe what I like," says Nyberg, "I didn't know the role of each ingredient in the texture and shape of cookies." So she looked into it — as only a scientist can.

Here, relying on the experts' help and based on the classic Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe, OZY presents no-fail tips for baking your perfect cookie. (You're welcome.)



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Young woman eating a gourmet ice cream sandwich made at home. Vanilla ice cream in between two chocolate chip cookies.
This Nov. 3, 2014, photo shows chewy white chocolate pine nut cookies in Concord, N.H. The pine nuts add a wonderful toothsome creaminess that plays so well with the white chocolate chips and orange zest. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
This Dec. 17, 2014 photo shows rosewater shortbread cookies in Concord, N.H. This recipe is from Aarti Sequeira. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
This Nov. 3, 2014 photo shows chocolate almond crescent cookies in Concord, N.H. The trick with making the healthier cookie is to use real ingredients, but to keep everything in moderation. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
This Nov. 3, 2014 photo shows chocolate almond crescent cookies in Concord, N.H. The trick with making the healthier cookie is to use real ingredients, but to keep everything in moderation. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
This Oct. 20, 2014 photo shows caramel peanut thumbprints in Concord, N.H. When it comes to holiday cookies, everything depends on the recipe and a few simple techniques. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
This Oct. 6, 2014 photo shows frosted chocolate drops in Concord, N.H. When it comes to holiday cookies, everything depends on the recipe and a few simple techniques. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
This Nov. 3, 2014 photo shows crackle bark in Concord, N.H. When it comes to holiday cookies, everything depends on the recipe and a few simple techniques. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
BELMONT, MA - MAY 19: Assorted macarons at Praliné Artisanal Confections, a small French bakery in Belmont. (Photo by Lane Turner/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC- APRIL 29, 2015: Catalan Marzipan Cookies With Coconut (Panellets de Coco) photographed in Washington, DC (Photo by Deb Lindsey For The Washington Post via Getty Images).
This Nov. 3, 2014 photo shows caramel peanut butter rocks in Concord, N.H. When it comes to holiday cookies, everything depends on the recipe and a few simple techniques. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
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