Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The Secret for Chocolate Chip Cookies

Okay, I am admittedly not the best cook, nor the best baker, nor would I put myself in the running with anyone I know. I can follow a recipe, and I'm getting better, but I have been known to light pancakes a-fire, mess up french toast, and somehow botch mac & cheese.

So it shouldn't surprise you that I was having a hard time with my chocolate chip cookies. They kept coming out flat and oily-looking. I was following the recipes, to no avail. I also tried several different recipes, to see if the problem was me or the recipe. Enter Grandma Di, THE best baker I know. I was complaining about my cookies to Charlie and he asked, "Did you ask Grandma Di for her recipe?"

Uh, no, I have never thought of doing that. So I did. And she told me the secret, which I'm sure you all know. But just in case one of you doesn't, I'm going to say it here:

the dough shouldn't be sticky. You add together all ingredients, and before folding in the chocolate chips pinch the dough. If it's sticky, add more flour 2 tablespoons at a time until it's not. Then your cookies don't come out flat! or oily! That's the secret! Maybe you know other ones. I'm all ears.
One of my chocolate chip M&M cookies - neither flat nor oily, you'll notice.


Annecourager said...

LOL-- here I thought you were reviewing that book of the same title as your post.

Okay... my cookie dough is sticky, but they still end up okay. Especially if I don't eat all the dough. :\ It must just be the recipe.

So now I'm going to sit back and read more of your posts to figure out what's going on w/you! :)

cabcree said...

I didn't know! nice little tip. It's been forever since I've made cookies though.

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Larissa said...

I will definitely keep that tip!

My only tip is to use parchment paper. I think it improves my cookies by quite a bit.

PS your cookie looks yummy

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