The possibilities with cookies can seem pretty endless nowadays thanks to a versatile recipe. Once it was a pretty straightforward formula consisting of a ratio of three: two: one of flour to butter to sugar. Additionally, eggs were added to keep things together with emulsification. Ultimately, this formula would produce a moderately sweet and crispy consistency. Countless experiments later and the cookie dough formula can produce a variety of consistencies based on preference.

For example, those who want a crispier cookie just need to add more sugar. On the other side of the spectrum, some bakers work with equal parts of flour, butter, and sugar to achieve a chewy product. The following recipe is for the latter and will be flavored with chocolate for a beautiful brown and chewy treat.

A fun and chewy cookie

Ingredients:

  • One and a half sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • One cup granulated sugar
  • Half cup brown sugar
  • One pinch salt
  • One whole egg
  • One yolk
  • Half tsp vanilla extract
  • Two and one fourth cups all-purpose flour
  • Three fourths cup cocoa powder
  • One tsp baking powder
  • One cup chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 176°C.
  2. Cream the softened butter and all of the sugar in a stand mixer on medium speed until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is light and fluffy. Add the whole egg and yolk while beating and fully incorporate. Add the vanilla extract and incorporate.
  3. Combine the flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda. Beat in the dry mixture and keep beating until fully incorporated.
  4. Stop beating the dough. Stir in the chocolate chips with a wooden spoon.
  5. Transfer tablespoons of the dough to a non-stick baking tray. Place in the oven and bake for 10 minutes or until they puff and spread.
  6. Set to cool. Remove from the baking tray with a metal spatula.
  7. Serve with milk or store in a jar and place in a dry, cool place.

Makes 32 cookies.

Variations

  • Hot cocoa and marshmallows: Sift and separate marshmallows from a cocoa powder mix. Substitute one third hot cocoa powder mix for the cocoa powder. Stir in the marshmallows that are included in the box with the mix.
  • Peanut butter: Substitute one third cup of peanut butter for the cocoa powder.
  • Nutella: Substitute one third cup of Nutella spread for the cocoa powder.
  • White chocolate: Substitute white chocolate chips for the chocolate chips.
  • Macadamia nuts: Substitute one cup of Macadamia nuts for the chocolate chips.
  • Pistachios: Substitute one cup of chopped pistachios for the chocolate chips
  • Almond: Omit the cocoa powder and chocolate chips. Substitute four tbsp of almond flour for the flour and add one tsp of almond extract.
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