It might sound silly, but I’m always trying to figure out ways to make the perfect chocolate chip cookie. I love cookies, but it’s not for myself. My husband is crazy about chocolate chip cookies and he absolutely loves it when I make an amazing batch of cookies.
For years I just used the recipe from the back of that famous yellow package of chocolate chips. I finally started trying recipes that I would find on Pinterest. I never came across one that Sean really loved, so I gave up for awhile.
Then I ordered the Magnolia Table cookbook and tried out the recipe found there. It’s completely different than the standard chocolate chip cookie and Sean fell in love with it! He couldn’t stop raving about those cookies.
Still…I kept trying. I wanted to see if I could find a way to make the original batch even better. After all, by now I had the recipe memorized and I’m pretty loyal to this familiar old friend. 🙂 My mom taught me how to make these cookies, and it just brings back good memories to make these cookies.
I finally came across a post on the Pioneer Woman blog that had some tips on how to tweak the standard recipe. Some of the tips I already knew and did, but I applied a few extra ideas that I found and they came out perfect!
Here is what I did to make the absolute perfect chocolate chip cookies. These seriously look like cookies you could get from a bakery.
Use Softened Butter at Room Temperature
After years of making cookies, I think there really is something to using butter that has been sitting out to get soft, versus butter that is soft from the microwave. The texture is different and I always get better results with cookies made from softened, room temperature butter. The secret here is to plan ahead! Set the butter out the night before, or first thing in the morning.
Cream the butter and sugar together very well!
Don’t be afraid to let the butter and sugar cream together for several minutes. You will get fluffy cookies if the butter and sugar has been mixed well. I use my kitchenmaid mixer and turn it on and walk away to get other ingredients out while the butter and sugar mix together.
Add a teaspoon of baking powder
This is huge! Instead of just using the standard 1 teaspoon of baking soda, add a teaspoon of baking powder as well. It helps the cookies rise better without affecting the taste at all.
Use 2 teaspoons of vanilla instead of one
This gives the cookies better flavor.
Bake the cookies on parchment paper or a baking mat
Baking on parchment paper helps the cookies brown evenly. It’s an extra step, but again, not a complicated step. You could also use a baking mat if you don’t want to keep parchment paper in stock.
Chill the dough
When I chill the dough for an hour I get cookies that rise better, and that have a good shape without spreading too much. Don’t keep the dough in the fridge too long as I think it turns a little dry. I just covered my bowl of dough and put it in for an hour, I think you could do a few more hours and be ok, but I personally wouldn’t do it overnight, if you want the best results.
Use a cookie scoop
My mom always taught me that cookies need to be formed into a perfect ball before baking, to have perfect looking cookies. Using a cookie scoop makes this so easy to do. I made the mistake of buying a cheap one at Walmart recently, and it broke a few months later. Do yourself a favor and get a good one!
If there is one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s that you want to take the cookies out a little bit before they are done. They will finish cooking on the pan for the last few minutes before you transfer them to a cooking rack. There is no one time fits all though, because different climates and ovens all factor into cooking time. If a recipe calls for 10 minutes, put your timer at 8 minutes and go from there.
Add Chocolate Chips before baking
Right before you put the cookies in the oven, put 3-4 chocolate chips on top of each ball of dough. This will make the presentation of your cookies be beautiful when they come out of the oven, as the chocolate chips normally sink into the cookie. Totally an extra step, but if you want that perfect chocolate chip cookie, give it a try!
Enjoy these yummy, classic cookies!
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