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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

How to NOT Make Flat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Practically everyone has made chocolate chip cookies in their lifetime and I guarantee about every one has ended up with flat cookies once or twice.  Heck, I have.  And we all know that flat cookies, while still delicious, are not as awesome as big, puffy cookies.  But... for some reason great non-flattened cookies are hard to make and I've struggled with figuring out the right combination of ingredients for the perfect cookie.

But, I've finally figured out how to make the perfect chocolate chip cookies

And I am going to share it with you!

Its easy, trust me.

Clearly, I am no Pioneer Woman when it comes to photographing food.
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • two eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 and 1/2 cup flour (perhaps a tad more for consistency)
  • 1 medium sized bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
How To:
  • Pre-Heat oven to 350 degrees
  • Mix softened butter (I soften it in the microwave - but don't melt!) with the white sugar and brown sugar until well blended.
  • Add in 2 eggs, mix well.
  • Add the vanilla, baking soda, and salt.  Mixing well.
  • Add in flour gradually.  Usually I add about 1/2 cup at a time and mix it in very well before adding more.
  • Add a little more flour if needed... you want the batter so that if you stick your finger in it (you know to taste test the cookie dough) that it isn't overly sticky. Make sure all the flour is mixed in very well before continuing.
  • Add in the entire bag of chocolate chips, stir well.
  • Bake for 11-13 minutes on a non-stick cookie sheet (I usually spray a little PAM for baking on the pan, too).  
  • They are done when the bottom/edges have the slightest browning to them.
  • Remove from the cookie sheet immediately upon taking them out of the oven!  I lay them on wax paper spread on my counter.  This method works a million times better than a cookie rack.
  • To maintain softness put in a Tupperware container when the cookies are still ever-so-slightly warm. 

Seriously, the cookies are amazing!  The big trick to the not-so-flat cookie is reducing the baking soda!  Also, adding in a little extra flour makes them slightly cakier.   But the take home point is... if you are having issues with your cookies of any kind coming out too flat try using a little less baking soda.  It should solve your problems!  

Now, I hope you get to enjoy many cookies in your future.


Ruth Ann said...

Oh Crumb!!! I have been HUNTING for a recipe that will make the FLATTENED chocolate chip cookies and haven't found one yet. I am telling you the truth, I really WANT one that lets the chocolate chips sort of stand up on their own in the baked cookie.
I have enough recipes where the cookies are puffy...

Rachel said...

Thanks for the baking soda tip! Your cookies look delicious!

Melanie said...

Yes, thank you for the tip!! I never knew it was the baking soda doing it. It's a soggy, fall day here in Michigan and I know what I'm doing today!

Kimberly said...

Ruth Ann - I can give you that recipe! :) The last time I made chocolate chip cookies I decided I should stick with pumpkin cookies, since my CC cookies were completely flat and unattractive. They still tasted good, but ugh.

I will definitely try your less baking soda method! Thank you!

Smile Steady said...

I'll take half a dozen and a cold glass of milk, please. ;) said...

I use an almost exact recipe except I add a box of instant vanilla pudding to mine. The fun thing is you can change it up and try a chocolate pudding or my favorite this time of year, pumpkin pudding!

Jen at Cabin Fever said...

Pudding??! Oh my.... I must try this!!

A New England Life said...

I'll be making these very soon! Thanks for the tip Jen! I've been struggling with flat cc cookies for years : (

My mom taught me the pudding-in-the-cookies trick back when I was a teenager, though I seldom add it.

Sharon said...

I am going to try this, although I believe it to be my oven making the cookies flat. Before I bought my new stove my cookies came out great with the same recipe I have used for years. Hope your suggestion works! Thanks for sharing!

madilily said...

The recipie on the back of tollhouse chocolate chips makes them flat and the chocolate chips stand up. I found that out by default.

debby said...

This recipe works great! Made them this afternoon and they came out nice and puffy, thank you!

Tammy Springer said...

Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Just threw out a whole batch of flat ones trying to make a gift for someone. You saved my sanity! Don't know if it was less baking soda, more flour or the lower baking temp, but your version rocks and I'll use it from now on. Thanks again!

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