Published October 12, 2011 by
Cookies are a passion with many bakers. They’re quick to bake and fun to eat and share. But people have different preferences when it comes to cookies. Some like crunchier cookies, some like soft cookies, and some like chewy cookies. So how do you make a cookie that’s chewy, for instance?
Baking is a science and one that can’t be rushed or dallied with. You can’t change out ingredients and not affect the whole batter. For chewy cookies, your ratio of wet to dry ingredients is key. For instance, a chewier cookie recipe might include more eggs or an additional yolk. Most chewy cookies have moister ingredients and the batter is more liquid when it comes out.
You can, of course, experiment with different batters. Some just lend themselves better to a chewy cookie than others. But use real butter when butter is called for, not margarine or a substitute. And always use the freshest ingredients you can find.
One final tip is to take the cookies out of the oven before the timer says they are done. Let them cool on the pan for a few minutes and then remove them to a cooling rack. By not leaving them in for the full cooking time, you’re sure to have chewier cookies as opposed to crunchy ones. Just don’t take them out too soon or you’ll end up with raw cookies that no one can eat.
If you’ve never met a chocolate chip cookie that you didn’t like, try this recipe for chewy chocolate chip cookies. It will be hard to resist eating the whole batch. But if you can resist the urge to eat them all, save a few for that christmas cookie exchange that will be coming up soon.
Best Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie (from allrecipes.com)
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Ready In: 40 Minutes
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 egg yolk
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.
2. Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
3. In a medium bowl, cream together the melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar until well blended. Beat in the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until light and creamy. Mix in the sifted ingredients until just blended. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand using a wooden spoon. Drop cookie dough 1/4 cup at a time onto the prepared cookie sheets. Cookies should be about 3 inches apart.
4. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges are lightly toasted. Cool on baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
It’s certainly not hard to master the art of the chewy cookie. It’s more of the art of keeping an eye on your cookies while they are in the oven and a use of high-quality ingredients. Never substitute amounts and types of ingredients when you are baking as you may throw off the results.