Chocolate chip cookies are incredibly popular, and are a classic sweet treat for countless adults and children alike. Whether you choose to pair them up with vanilla ice cream, a glass of cold milk, or simply have them on their own, they’re bound to taste absolutely delicious!
Though seemingly simple to make, the truth is that the perfect batch of chocolate chip cookies can be challenging for bakers to master. They can turn into a disaster if they’re not placed in the oven under the right temperature, if you get some of the ingredients wrong, or even if you use inadequate measuring cups.
When it comes to chocolate chip cookies, you want them to be perfectly moist, yet crunchy in all the right places.
Here are some secrets to baking the perfect batch of chocolate chip cookies this Christmas:
1. Chop your own chocolate chunks
Sure, spreading a handful of chocolate chips over your cookies may be the norm, but why not go off the beaten path and use hand-chopped chocolate chunks instead?
Not only will these give your chocolate chip cookies more flavor, they are also more likely to melt and be evenly distributed throughout the cookie.
2. Add some salt
Many bakers tend to add a pinch of salt on top of their chocolate chip cookies. As counterintuitive as it may sound, it actually helps enhance the taste of the cookies.
It has been found that adding salt intensifies the sweetness of the sugar, but make sure you only sprinkle a little as to not overwhelm the flavor of the cookie.
3. Cool your pan
It is important for you to make sure your cookie sheet is cool, or your chocolate chip cookies can get burnt around their edges. The baking sheet also needs to be free of any residue grease or oil as these can transfer onto the cookies and ruin their taste.
You might also want to consider refrigerating your batch of chocolate chip cookies if they’re over-heated.
4. Keep a check on the time
For the perfect batch of chocolate chip cookies, make sure you don’t bake them for more than 12 minutes. Keep the temperature at 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
This will not only help them remain moist, but you’ll be able to bake them longer, while retaining the soft consistency. After all, there’s no fun in eating a chocolate chip cookie that doesn’t slowly melt into your mouth in the first bite.
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