I am incredibly excited about this post today because these are secrets I have NEVER shared with anyone about my cookies. The number one question I get asked when someone buys cookies from me is what is the recipe and how do they turn out so perfect?! I definitely can’t give out my recipe, but I want to share these tips so that you can know the secrets to the perfect chocolate chip cookie!
Baking is truly an art form. It is also a complete chemical process that requires certain steps to be successful! I remember my first batch of cookies fondly. I saw the ingredients on the back, didn’t give a second thought to the directions, plopped it all in the bowl, and mixed it up until my hand hurt!
Guess what? The cookies turned into a big giant pile of you know what!
Thankfully, I have learned many things since then. My husband’s all time favorite cookie is the chocolate chip cookie. When we first got married almost eight years ago, he always begged me to make a batch. Embarrassingly, I didn’t know how, but I was bound and determined to learn. So, that is how it began, this love of baking I’ve acquired. Over the years, I have perfected my cookies through trial and error. I also did research getting my chemistry degree specifically on baking and the chemical process behind it.
I sell cookies to people locally and they always tell me, “My cookies always turn out like junk! How do you do it?”
Now, I am here to share with you my top 7 secrets to the perfect chocolate chip cookie.
Did you know that the steps are more important than the ingredients for the most part?
1. Mix brown sugar and white sugar until it is one homogeneous mixture.
♥ I know, scientific word, but basically you want it to look like one substance. Why? Brown sugar chunks up easily once you have butter involved. It just keeps everything smooth once you add in wet ingredients.
2. Add in your butter, a little before room temperature.
♥ Room temperature is what you’ve been told your whole life…and it is true! But you see, as the butter gets mixed up, then turned into dough, there is quit a bit of wait time. Butter will continue to get warm and with an oven already on in the kitchen, it can get too warm. Especially if you live in a place like me (Texas) where it can get really hot (100+) and the inside of your kitchen is probably already warmer than room temperature. This will cause flat, runny cookies! So, start adding in your butter before room temperature. By the time you start putting the dough on the tray, it will be perfect.
3. NEVER over mix.
♥ Once your eggs are in your wet mixture, add in the dry in small portions. Then mix only until it is combined. Keep mixing and your cookies can turn out too fluffy or bread like.
4. Add in chocolate chips with a spoon, not with a mixer.
♥ Again, you can over mix it. I’m all about using a mixer, but just not for the chocolate chips.
5. Use a cookie scoop!
♥ I use this one. Years ago, I just used a spoon. It worked, but the cookies were all slightly different sizes causing them to cook uneven.
6. Always slightly under bake the cookie.
♥Cookies continue to bake once they are out of the oven, and it is essential that your cookies stay nice and chewy! When I take my cookies off the tray, they are very soft in the middle, looking like they might still be raw on the inside. Once they cool, that inside turns into the perfect texture!
7.Let your cookies cool completely before putting in Tupperware.
♥ I hate giving cookies to customers when they are broken! That is why you need to make sure they are totally cool before packaging them up. I actually leave mine out for at least 3 hours to make sure they are 100% firm.
I also send mine off in a cardboard box, with some twine and tape to keep it closed. I don’t like doing a heavy type tupperware because it will develop humidity after awhile and cause some moisture. This will make the cookies turn too soft and fall apart!
The biggest request I have from people is definitely the double chocolate chunk! Oatmeal Raisin are another favorite especially this time of year. For one of my favorite oatmeal raisin cookie recipes with some baking tips, stop by this recipe!
Another favorite cookie among my family is these Cow Pie Cookies. My husband can’t have dairy anymore, so I make those often for him to enjoy.
I think it is so awesome that chemistry is the reason for baking perfection. Cooking is something that doesn’t actually involve a chemical reaction, so it is easy to just throw stuff together in a pan and cook it, right? But baking is one of those things that HAS to be exact in order to get the best result!
That is why the steps to baking a cookie are more important that the recipe itself. Now don’t get me wrong, the recipe is very important too, but it doesn’t mean anything if the steps aren’t perfect! So, now that you know the secrets to the perfect chocolate chip cookie, try baking your favorite recipe again and see how wonderful they turn out! 🙂
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