Tips for Baking the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

The first tip for perfect chocolate chip cookies is to have a good recipe. That may seem like an obvious tip, but there are literally dozens of different chocolate chip cookie recipes out there. One of the best is NestleTollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.

Mix together the dry ingredients. Add the wet ingredients. Mix together well and drop by teaspoonful onto ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 9 to 11 minutes.

The Consistency Tip

One of the key tips to baking a perfect chocolate cookie to get it the correct consistency. It depends entirely upon the type of chocolate chip cookie desired by the baker. If the cookie batter/dough is not thick enough, the cookie will spread out while cooking. This will make them crispier and thinner. While crispy and thin may be delicious and desired, often chewy, chunky cookies are preferred. In that case, add an extra 1/4 to 1/2 cup of flour to the batter before spooning it onto the the cookie sheet.

In addition to taste (crispy or chewy), the look of the cookie might also be taken into consideration. With a crispier, thinner cookie often comes a sloppier, uglier look. Normally the chewy, chunky cookies are more visually appealing. Regardless, looks should always come second to good taste. A beautiful, but poorly tasting cookie is much more disappointing to the eater than an ugly, but delicious one.

The Cooling Tip

After the cookies have been baked to perfection (keep a close eye on them), pull them out of the oven and let them cool on the cookie sheet for at least two minutes. If you remove them with a spatula immediately without letting them cool on the cookie sheet first, they will be much more likely to squish and not maintain the perfect cookie shape.

After allowing them to cool on the cookie sheet for the few minutes, carefully transfer them to a clean surface with a spatula and all them to cool completely. Then place the cooled cookies into an airtight container. The container can be stored on the counter if the cookies will be eaten in the next day or two. Otherwise, it would be wise to store the container with the cookies in the fridge.

The perfect batch of chocolate chip cookies cannot be rushed. Each step must be followed carefully. Use a good recipe, add the correct amount of flour for the desired consistency, and allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet before removing. Keeping in the mind the tips of consistency and cooling will also add to perfectness of the finished cookies.

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