Best-Ever Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

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This Best Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe perfectly combines the magic ratio of brown to white sugar. While this seems like a small detail it makes a huge difference in the texture of the cookie. The brown sugar makes it crispy on the edges with a caramel scent while the white sugar provides that sweet gooey middle.

What You’ll Need To Make Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Thankfully making chocolate chip cookies from scratch is not only unchallenging but only requires a few tools:

  • Baking sheet and parchment paper
  • Medium and large bowls
  • Whisk
  • Spatula
  • Measuring cups
  • Wire rack

How To Make Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Here’s how to make homemade chocolate chip cookies — and you’ll be in cookie heaven in no time.

  • In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  • In a large bowl, melt the butter before adding in white and brown sugars and whisking.
  • Add one egg into the large bowl and whisk. Scrapes sides of the bowl with a spatula.
  • Add another egg in and add vanilla as well. Scrapes the sides of the bowl again.
  • Add the medium bowl into the large bowl. Stir with a spatula.
  • Stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Chill the dough for at least an hour.
  • Scoop balls of cookie dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake the cookies until they’re golden brown but still doughy.
  • Take out of the oven and bang the pan on the counter. Let cool on a wire rack.

What Is ‘Aging Your Dough’?

Aging cookie dough does two things, develops more pronounced flavor and gooey-er texture. As the dough chills, it gradually dries out, concentrating the flavors of all the ingredients.

Aging also changes the texture. The drier the dough, the more concentrated the sugar. Just cover the dough with cling wrap in your bowl and they’ll keep just fine in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.

If you don’t want to age it, you can just chill your dough for a minimum of an hour. Chilling your dough helps keep your cookies from spreading while baking. Also, at this stage, you can freeze your dough in balls or rolled into a log and wrapped in cling wrap. It keeps well in a freezer for up to twelve weeks.

Why Are My Cookies Flat?

You needed to chill your dough. Chilling cookie dough for just 30 minutes solidifies the butter inside, and as the cookies bake, the fat in the chilled cookie dough takes longer to melt than room-temperature fat. And the longer the fat remains solid, the less the cookies spread.

Or you flattened the cookie dough out on the cookie sheet. Do not flatten these cookies! They will flatten out themselves in the oven.

Pro Chef Secrets to the Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Remember to chill your cookie dough. Chilling dough refines flavor and texture. It also ensures less spread during baking.
  • Scoop 1/4 cup cookies as directed in my recipe. The baking time is based on a 1/4 scoop of cookie dough. If you make the scoops smaller then you need to bake them for less. Makes around 14-15 cookies.
  • Make sure you don’t FLATTEN the cookies. Shape a round ball of dough and place that on the cookie sheet. Then in the oven, it will flatten itself out, giving you a thick cookie with a gooey center. Pop them in the fridge to make sure they are cold before baking.
  • Bake cookies from COLD at a high temperature for a short time. This will ensure you have crisp edges and a gooey, doughy center.
  • Pan Bang!? The easy trick of banging the pan a few times after baking, causing the cookies to “fall,” produces a cookie covered in lovely crinkles on the surface and redistributes the melted chocolate.

Try this lovely recipe and make the best-ever chocolate chip cookies at home!

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