All-American chocolate chip cookies

From Ocean House, Rhode Island – Just like Grandma used to make

by Anthology

There’s no taste quite so satisfying as the first bite of a freshly baked, gooey, chocolate chip cookie. Better still, the all-American kind, which has yet to be beaten. Enter the Ocean House, an iconic New England seaside resort dating back to 1868 just after the Civil War, where the hotel’s Executive Pastry Chef, Donna Yuen has perfected the art of the moreish chocolate chip cookie. Now graciously sharing her recipe with guests and beyond to recreate in the comfort of their own kitchen, these cookies are the perfect pick-me-up for sweet-toothed bakers, with a little more spare time than usual spent at home. Perched high on the bluffs of Watch Hill, Rhode Island, Ocean House overlooks a private stretch of beach and has sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean, Montauk and Block Island. The hotel reopened to great acclaim in 2010 following after a six-year, multi-million-dollar renovation, with the style today casually elegant with furnishings that bring together British colonial, early American and seaside aesthetics in sun-drenched colours of yellow, blue, turquoise and cream.


  • 1 cup, packed – light brown sugar
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • 1 cup or 2 sticks butter (unsalted; softened)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. coffee extract
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chunks


  • Preheat oven to 350°F / 180°C
  • Cream the light brown sugar and sugar in a small mixer with the paddle attachment
  • Add the softened butter and mix to form a grainy paste
  • Add the eggs and coffee extract, mixing until just blended. Do not overmix!
  • Add the remaining ingredients and mix until just combined
  • Drop cookies with a scoop onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  • Slightly flatten each scoop of dough and bake for 8 minutes, rotating half way

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