“two words: UNDER BAKE”
I’m not gonna drag this out. You clicked on this post to find out the secret. So here it is: UNDER BAKE. Yup that’s it. No bizarre ingredients that you have to get shipped to you from another country. No long thesis about what kind of flour to use depending on the altitude, air pressure or humidity levels. Nope. Very simply, just don’t bake your cookies according to the recipe instructions (except my recipes of course!). It’s true. I have baked up hundreds (possibly thousands) of cookies, tried various recipes and have had 4 different ovens over the years. If the recipe calls for 10 to 12 minutes, try 7 or 8 minutes instead.
Sure, they’ll look pale, soft and well… under cooked, but that’s OK. Place them on a cooling rack and wait -cuz you see, the cookies actually keep cooking once they’re out. After 10 minutes the little buggers will firm up and be ready to eat. And the cool thing is, hours later your cookies will STILL be awesome, soft, moist and chewy instead of the hockey pucks you’re used to!
Below, I have included a chocolate chip cookie recipe for you. Oh and here’s another tip: if you can, try to purchase great quality chocolate. My fave are the milk chocolate Ghirardelli baking chips!
JLH Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
1 bag or approximately 11 ounces of milk chocolate baking chips.
1 cup salted butter
3/4 cup granulated white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs
2 1/4 cups unsifted flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons vanilla (optional)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
Preheat oven to 375F degrees. In a large bowl, mix the butter and sugars together, add in the eggs, vanilla and cinnamon and blend together. Next add in baking soda and flour and mix together then incorporate the chocolate chips.
Drop soup spoon size dollops onto a non stick cookie sheet and bake in the centre rack of your oven for 7 to 8 minutes. Remove from oven and place cookies on a cooling rack for 10 minutes. Remove cookies from cookie sheet with a spatula and repeat with remaining batter.
Happy International Chocolate Chip Day!
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