It doesn’t matter how many different cookies a person makes, sometimes it is hard to top a scrumptious chocolate chip cookie. There is something classic about such a wonderful treat. After hundreds of batches of these little bites of goodness, I have made a few observations. I am sure you probably already know these little secrets, but I thought I would share.
You must start out with a great recipe, and I’m sure you know as well as I do, all chocolate chip cookies are not created equal. This is captain obvious, but it is true. Whether it is a chocolate chip recipe that has been in your family for years, or the latest vegan recipe, find one that you are in love with and then work on perfecting it. My chocolate chip cookie recipe comes from an old church cookbook that contains a few submissions from my mom…before she was married…34 years ago.
Might as well add a few more…one of the worst things is to get a yummy chocolate chip cookie that is short on chips. I normally add 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup more than the recipe calls for.
I have a confession. I am a Pampered Chef Stoneware snob. I like to think that it sounds a bit more harsh than it actually is, but it is true. stoneware bakes so evenly and beautifully, I love it! You don’t have to use stoneware, but pick bakeware that is good quality so your cookies bake evenly. Quality bakeware is a great investment, you (and your friends and family) won’t be sorry!
I generally do not bake cookies, or cupcakes, over 350 F, even if a recipe says otherwise. I did use the word generally, but a lower oven temperature helps your cookies to bake slowly, evenly and achieve great color!
I would actually go so far to say slightly underbake your cookies. Take your cookies out of the oven once the outsides are set, but the centers are still soft. Once you remove your cookies from the oven, they will actually continue to bake on your bakeware. This will result in soft chewy cookies.
You can not forget this part. Some like warm cookies and a cold glass of milk. Others, like myself, like the cookies after they have cooled off. I have even heard of taking two cookies and making an ice cream sandwich. Whatever makes your taste bugs happy, after all, you have worked hard and you deserve it!