Yup, that’s right. Today’s all about going back to basics with the ever so classic and scrumptious…chocolate chip cookie!
I know there are millions of chocolate chip cookie recipes out there but this is my take on it and it’s my favorite way to make them.
Well, it all really comes down to one thing.
The science of baking.
Adding more or less of certain ingredients can alter the texture, taste and shape of your cookie.
Adding more flour gives your cookie a softer center,
Using brown sugar gives your cookie a chewier texture,
Using baking powder gives your cookie a cake-like interior,
Refrigerating your dough gives your cookie a richer flavor,
Rolling your cookie dough instead of scooping them gives them a more uniform shape,
Using granulated sugar gives your cookie a crispier and wider spread,
Using butter makes your cookies more tender.
All the ingredients I listed above are quite traditional, but something I like to add to my cookies that isn’t used so often is…CORN STARCH! Yes, corn starch. Corn starch is the magical (not so) secret ingredient I add to my cookies to make them extra soft and fluffy!
I prefer mine to be soft, ooey-gooey and cake-like in texture instead of the more traditional flatter, crispy, chewy version. That’s why I like to use a little more flour, brown sugar, and baking powder in mine as well as corn starch.
What about you? How do you like your cookies?
Ingredients (makes 12):
1/4 cup coconut oil (or butter)
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons sugar (I used coconut)
1 egg (or a flax egg)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour (I like to use 1/2 whole wheat and 1/2 all purpose)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup chocolate chips! (I used half dark chocolate and half yogurt chips)
Whisk off into the kitchen
1. In a large bowl, cream the sugar, brown sugar and coconut oil/butter together. Whisk in the egg and vanilla. Mix until incorporated.
2. Sift in the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cornstarch, and salt. Stir everything together until a dough forms.
3. Fold in your chocolate chips.
4. Scoop your batter by the tablespoon onto a lined baking sheet. Make sure that they are at least 1.5″ apart so that they have space to grow and spread.
5. Bake at 350F for 8 – 10 minutes until golden brown. Let cool (if you can wait that long) and enjoy!