The best ever chocolate chips designed by a Tesla engineer made into classic chocolate chip cookies. Thick, chewy cookies loaded with perfectly melty chocolate chips.
Nope, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. Tesla, the car giant who pride themselves on clean energy vehicles, has entered the food sphere.
Well, kind of.
A collaboration between a Tesla engineer and a chocolate shop culminated in what they believe to be, a new design of the classic chocolate chip.
What are Tesla Chocolate Chips?
Tesla chocolate chips are a specially designed chocolate chip by a Tesla engineer, Remy Labesque.
While chocolate chips can vary greatly on taste and quality, their shape, for the most part, does not.
Labesque partnered up with a San Francisco based chocolate factory to design what he, and many believe to be the best chocolate chip. This is due to the shape of the chocolate chip, which melts on the tongue easier. The flat and wide design attributes to the best chocolate chips to be used when baking cookies.
The Chocolate Chip Experiment
Although I wasn’t able to obtain the actual Tesla designed chocolate chips, I made my own version by carefully chopping a chocolate bar to replicate the shape of the large chip. I tried to keep it as accurate as possible, using a 70% cocoa content chocolate bar.
I tested it against these cookies, with these ones using my homemade Tesla designed ones.
As you can see, the ones using the large, flat shaped chocolate chips are OOZING with chocolate and melt beautifully, something that many chocolate chip cookies lack.
The taste was incredible, with mouthfuls of chocolate chips in every bite.
How do you make Tesla Chocolate Chip Cookies
- White and Brown Sugar– The white sugar keeps the cookies thick and chewy, while obviously providing sweetness, while the brown sugar ensures the soft and gooey center. I highly recommend using the combination of both sugars, to ensure the best texture.
- Vegan Butter– I used vegan butter to keep the cookies plant based and dairy free. If you have no aversions to dairy, use a good quality unsalted butter.
- Vanilla Extract– A must for any good cookie recipe.
- All purpose flour– Sifted and void of any clumps. I also tried this with gluten-free flour, and the brand I used worked very well. See my tips below about gluten-free flour blends.
- Baking soda– Leavens the cookies, and stops them from overspreading.
- Salt– Brings out the sweetness!
- Tesla Chocolate Chips– The star ingredient and the reason why these cookies are oozing with perfectly melted chocolate chips.
- Milk of choice– Only needed if the dough is a little too crumbly.
Start by creaming together your sugars, butter, and vanilla extract. Once it is smooth, add the flour, baking soda, and salt, and gently fold it into the creamed sugar. Finally, fold through the chocolate chips, until just combined. Cover the cookie dough and refrigerate it for at least 30 minutes.
Once the dough has chilled, form 6 large or 12 small balls of dough and place on a cookie sheet or baking sheet. Bake the cookies at 180C/350F for 12-15 minutes, or slightly longer if you make large cookies. Remove from the oven and allow cooling on the cookie sheet for 20 minutes, before carefully transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
Can I freeze the cookie dough?
If you haven’t baked the cookies yet you are able to freeze the dough, to bake at a later stage.
Form your cookie dough into a ball, and cover it completely with plastic wrap. Store in the freezer for up to 2 months. When ready to bake it, let it sit at room temperature. You can bake with it once it has reached a chilled, but durable level.
Tips to make the best Tesla Cookies
- Chill the dough before baking the cookies. This will ensure they remain thick and not be prone to spreading.
- Chop your chocolate to very thin but long pieces. This ensures they melt beautifully, without retaining their shape.
- Do not overbake the cookies. The cookies may seem fragile and undercooked, but they continue to cook as they are cooling down.
- Feel free to fold through some nuts, like walnuts or hazelnuts into the dough. This will give the cookies some added texture.
Storing and Freezing Tesla Cookies
- To store: Leftover cookies will keep at room temperature, covered, for up to 2 weeks. You can store them in the refrigerator to keep them longer.
- To freeze: You can freeze leftover cookies by placing them in a ziplock bag and storing them in the freezer for up to 6 months.
More Delicious Cookies to try
- Peanut Butter Cookies
- Crispy Peanut Butter Cookies
- Almond Butter Cookies
- White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
- Cashew Butter Cookies
Tesla Chocolate Chip Cookies
- In a large mixing bowl, combine your sugars, butter, and vanilla extract, and mix until combined and glossy.
- Gently add in the flour, baking soda, and salt, and mix well. Fold through your chocolate chips. Cover the dough and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line a large baking sheet or cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Form 6 large or 12 small balls of dough and place them on the baking sheet. Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until just done.
- Remove from the oven and let cool on the sheet for 20 minutes, before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.