The Ultimate Guide to Making Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies
The following is a guest post from the editors over at RecipeLion.
Everyone loves to make those really easy chocolate chip cookies from refrigerator dough, but many folks don’t realize it’s just as easy to make them from scratch. Learn this simple method for making chocolate chip cookies and you’ll never need to buy those refrigerator chubs again.
Making Chocolate Chip Cookies: The Basics
There are few things in life better than a warm, gooey chocolate chip cookie straight from the oven. Sure, that pre-packaged cookie dough does the job okay, there is no beating the flavor of a homemade cookie. If you’re a novice cookie baker, you need to have a few basic ingredients to get started. Those ingredients found in just about every chocolate chip cookie recipe include butter, sugar (white and brown), eggs, vanilla, flour, salt, and (of course!) chocolate chips. It should be mentioned that even if you are comfortable cooking with margarine or butter substitutes, it is recommended that you always use real butter when you bake. There truly is no substitute.)
The Creaming Method
The creaming method is one of the most basic methods of preparation for baking cookies and cakes. You will find this technique used repeatedly in recipes. That is precisely the reason that once you get it down pat, you will never need to re-read those recipe instructions again. The basic creaming method is as follows:
- Cream fat and sugar together. This should be done on an electric mixer using a paddle attachment.
- Gradually add eggs and flavoring (vanilla in this case)
- Add dry ingredients gradually
- Mix until smooth
- Stir in chocolate chips
This is a no-fail method that will produce excellent cookie dough every time.
Tips for Cookie Variations
Sure, you can find thousands of variations on the basic chocolate chip cookie. Every recipe varies slightly, whether by adding a little more or less of a specific ingredient, or adding extras like nuts or dried fruit. It’s also important to remember to take note of the temperature at which you are baking your cookies. If the oven temperature is too low, the cookies will spread too much and become flat. Conversely, if your oven temperature is too high, the cookies will burn quickly.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes
A Semi Sweet Triple Chocolate Cookie – These amazing triple chocolate cookies are so delicious. With semi-sweet chocolate chips, Hershey Kisses and cocoa, you can make a great batch of cookies. This recipe makes about 4 dozen cookies.