Sunday, April 18, 2010

Cookie Baking Tip

One of my pet peeves is Chocolate chip cookies that are too flat. Some people enjoy a flat crispy chocolate chip cookie, but I think the perfect one is thick and chunky, but also moist and chewy on the inside with lots of  chocolate! I want to taste the chocolate but also the butter.
Want Chocolate Chip Cookies that are thick and chewy? The perfect chocolate chip cookie is in the eye of the beholder  ( or tastebuds I guess)  but try chilling your dough for 24 hours. Make sure that you cover the dough with saran wrap or foil or just put in a covered container, then refrigerate. You may find it easier to scoop the cookies first then place in a ziplock bag and refrigerate. When it's time to bake the cookies, just take out your cookie dough balls & place on your parchment covered cookie sheet to thaw just for 10 minutes while the oven is heating. Bake as usual, maybe even 5 to 10 degrees lower if your dough is still cold. Watch closely, the cookies may brown sooner. The chilling does 2 things, it allows time for the butter in the cookie ( you are using butter aren't you? ) to coat the flour well providing a better flavor and also the butter is solidified, so that the liquid in the butter does not add to the flattening of the cookie.

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