Which Ingredients Make Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies?

What do you consider to be perfect chocolate chip cookies?  Thin and crispy or soft and chewy?  This kitchen test shows how to master your perfect cookie recipe.


I don’t know about you, but cookies are kind of a mystery to me.  I can bake a cake, but I have no concept of what makes cookies turn out the way they do.  And I think that the best cookies are the ones that you, personally, love.  If you prefer flat and crunchy, then that calls for one recipe.  Fluffy and chewy with a touch of butterscotch flavor calls for a different recipe. Ultimately, the cookies are all up to you.

That’s why we are so grateful for this baking test done by Handle the Heat.  She establishes a control recipe and then varies several of the ingredients to see what kinds of results each batch produces.  Thanks to her tests, I finally feel like I have a little better grasp on the science behind the cookie.  Judging from her results, I think I might be a “both” kind of girl, but let’s not kid ourselves.  At the end of the day, any cookie will do me just fine.  What’s your favorite?



Test recipe variations for perfect chocolate chip cookies include:

  • More flour
  • All granulated sugar
  • Baking Powder
  • All brown sugar
  • Baking Soda
  • Melted vs softened butter
  • Baking Soda and Baking Powder
  • Dough Chilled 24 hrs.

Visit Handle The Heat for details on each variation and the final recommended recipe.


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