The Tooth Fairy Came – Recipe: Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies


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Summer is my baby.  She is just four years old.  My 4-year old baby lost her first tooth Friday night.  I could not decide if I should laugh or cry.


So, I chose to see the unicorns and rainbows, and I cheered her on.  That is what moms do.  We celebrate the big and the little things in life.


Of course we celebrated.  My girl has been wanting to lose a tooth for at least a year because she has seen the boys lose their teeth.


And, she knows that losing a tooth means one thing.  The tooth fairy comes to see you.




Nonna made her a beautiful tooth fairy pillow. It arrived one day too late, but we will have it for the next tooth.


After we took a million pictures, sent some texts, and made some phone calls, we celebrated.  Luckily, I already had these cookies chilling in the refrigerator.  I admit, I did not let them chill the full 24-hours.  I could not do that on this special night.  We had some celebrating to do.

I originally tested these cookies in a gluten-free version last July when we were still gluten and dairy free.  Gluten Free Girl modified the recipe to make it gluten free.  The cookies turned out beautiful and perfect.


Now that we eat gluten and dairy again, I knew when I saw Tidy Mom’s post about these same cookies, only in their original form, that I had to make them.  I admit, I had planned to bake them on Saturday.  And, I am sure that they are even better (although I cannot even wrap my brain around them being better) if they are refrigerated for at least 24 hours.  Trust me, you need to make these cookies today.  And, if you do not believe me, see what Tidy Mom, Two Peas & Their Pod, I Am Baker, and How Sweet It Is have to say about them.  Yes, these cookies are really that good.

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

This chocolate chip cookie recipe originally came from The New York Times and Jacques Torres.


2 cups minus 2 tablespoons cake flour

1 2/3 cups bread flour

1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt

2 1/2 sticks unsalted butter

1 1/4 cups light brown sugar

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

2 large eggs

2 teaspoons natural vanilla extract

1 1/4 pounds bittersweet chocolate (I used semi-sweet chocolate chips)

Sea salt (I omitted this)


  1. Sift flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Set aside.
  2. Using a mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars together until very light, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  4. Mix in the vanilla.
  5. Reduce speed to low, add dry ingredients and mix until just combined, 5 to 10 seconds. Mix in chocolate chips and incorporate them without breaking them.
  6. Press plastic wrap against dough and refrigerate for 24 to 36 hours. Dough may be used in batches, and can be refrigerated for up to 72 hours.
  7. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat. Set aside.
  8. Scoop 6 3 1/2-ounce mounds of dough (the size of generous golf balls) onto baking sheet
  9. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt (I omitted this step).
  10. Bake until golden brown but still soft, 18 to 20 minutes.
  11. Transfer sheet to a wire rack for 10 minutes, then slip cookies onto another rack to cool a bit more.
  12. Repeat with remaining dough, or reserve dough, refrigerated, for baking remaining batches the next day.
  13. Eat warm, with a big napkin.


I shared this recipe at Anything Goes, Skip to My Lou, Mrs. Happy Homemaker, Make Ahead Meals, Delightfully Dowling, Everyday Mom’s Meals, A Well-Seasoned Life, I Should Be Mopping the Floor, Serendipity and Spice, The Sweet Spot, A Southern Fairytale, Six Sister’s Stuff and Add a Pinch.

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5 Responses to The Tooth Fairy Came – Recipe: Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. sandy says:

    When you called to tell me she had a loose tooth and I said, “NO!, NO!, No!”, I don’t want to hear that our baby is losing a tooth. She is not old enough yet. I’ll have to admit I was a little sad. While making her little pillow I was still saddened by the fact that she is growing up, but it all melted away when she came running up to me to show me the missing tooth. What joy and happiness she was expressing. I will let it go and just watch the beautiful young girl that she is growning in to. What a blessing in life to watch them grow. Thank yo for being such a good mamma.

    • I know. It is absolutely unbelievable to me that my baby just lost a tooth. But, when I looked at all of those pictures, I just smiled with pure, complete happiness (even through a little tears). She is and always will be my baby, but seeing her become such an amazing little princess is heart warming. I will just hold on to every single moment, knowing that I have not let a moment go unnoticed, uncelebrated. 🙂 Love you!

  2. Jessica says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this! I’d love to have you link this up to my party at Thanks again!

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