About the Chocolate Chip Cookie
A chocolate chip cookie is a drop cookie that originated in the United States and features chocolate chips as its distinguishing ingredient. The traditional recipe combines a dough composed of butter and both brown and white sugar with semi-sweet chocolate chips. Variations include recipes with other types of chocolate or additional ingredients, such as nuts or oatmeal.
- 2 sticks (½ lb / 225 grams / 1 cup) butter, softened
- ¾ cup (180ml) granulated white sugar
- ¾ cup (180ml) packed brown sugar
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 ¼ cups (600ml) (290g) all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon dry ground lemon or orange peel (optional)
- 2 cups (480ml) (12-ounce package) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels/Chips
- 5 oz. (150g) chopped nuts, such as walnuts (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 375° F, or 350°F (around 190°C to 176°C) if you want chewy cookies.
2. Cream butter, margarine, granulated sugar, and brown sugar in a large mixer bowl. Add eggs one at a time, beating until fully incorporated. Add vanilla extract and beat in.
3. In a small bowl, sift together the dry ingredients (except chocolate & nuts). Add to the wet mixture in two parts and fold until combined. (If you beat this too long, you may get some gluten formation which will change the cookie texture).
4. Stir in chocolate morsels (chips), and nuts if using. Please be considerate of people with nut allergies by mentioning the nuts if you use them.
5. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased baking sheets. There should be enough fat in the cookie dough to prevent sticking, but using parchment paper or non-stick pans may help if you find this not to be the case.
6. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown (cooking times may vary). Let stand for about 1 minute and remove from hot baking sheet to cool on a wire rack.
Notes, Tips, and Variations
- The quality of the flavoring ingredients makes a great difference in the outcome. Using top-quality butter, chocolate, and vanilla will produce a superior cookie.
Note that using "dark" chocolate (>65% cacoa) will result in a significantly different taste than the "traditional" recipe. In general, if you find the raw chocolate to be too bitter or not enjoyable to eat, you may not like them in the cookies (no matter the quality).
- If you want to use regular flour, as well as butter, the trick is to increase the amount of flour to 3+ cups, which should result in a fairly stiff dough, that will not spread out very much. This trick even works with whole wheat flour.
- Use cake flour instead of all-purpose, replace granulated sugar with brown sugar and use butter instead of margarine. Using cake flour and brown sugar allows you to use butter without fear of your cookies becoming puddles (which is the only reason to use margarine in the first place).
- Use some vegetable shortening in place of butter/margarine to reduce "spread" (cookies will be thicker). Or add some vegetable oil (no more than 1/5 of total fat) in place of butter/margarine to increase spread, resulting in thinner cookies.
- Some people also recommend chilling dough before baking, though this is usually not necessary. Chilling dough may help to reduce spread, resulting in thicker cookies.
- Use an ungreased, non-stick baking sheet instead of a greased sheet to help reduce spread, for thicker cookies. Conversely, grease your sheet if you like thinner (crispier) cookies.
- If vanilla extract is not readily available, substitute two teaspoons of vanilla sugar for granulated sugar.
- Using chopped bar chocolate instead of pre-formed chips will result in a more rustic texture -- just make sure the pieces are small enough to eat comfortably.
- The proportion of granulated to brown sugar may be adjusted to suit taste. More brown sugar will result in chewier cookies. More white sugar will result in crisper cookies.
- Do not stack hot cookies otherwise they will bend out of shape and not cool as quickly..
- Add a small amount of oatmeal to give cookies more flavor & mouth-feel.
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