Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookie Baking Tips
Chocolate chip cookies are a type of drop cookie, the simplest and most versatile cookie variety available. They are called drop cookies because the cookie dough is soft enough to drop off a spoon (perhaps with a bit of assistance) and onto a baking sheet.
The basic chocolate chip cookie batter consists of butter and sugar, which are beaten together until the batter is light and fluffy. Eggs and vanilla extract are added and beaten in, followed by flour combined with baking soda and salt. Next comes the raison d'etre! Chocolate chips and other textural ingredients, such as chopped nuts, are mixed into the batter.
Using the spoon size specified in your chocolate chip cookie recipe, drop spoonfuls of cookie dough onto a baking sheet. Use a second small spoon to help push the cookie dough mixture off the spoon, or simply use a cookie scoop instead of a spoon to easily make uniform size cookies. Space the cookies evenly on the baking sheet, according to the recipe's instructions, and bake the cookies in a moderate temperature oven. To produce soft, cakey cookies, leave the mixture well mounded on the baking sheet. For delicious cookies with soft, chewy centers and crisp edges, remove them from the oven as soon as their edges turn golden brown, and while their middles are still soft and light brown. For crisper cookies, spread out the cookie drops a little with the back of a spoon before baking them. As a rule, cookies that are even in color and firm to the touch will tend to be crisper.
Chocolate Chip Cookie RecipeHere is our favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, perfected after many years of trial and error. It makes 3 to 4 dozen delicious cookies.
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