The science behind the most delicious cookie ever

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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The science behind the most delicious cookie ever
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