Of all of the cookies in the cookie kingdom, perhaps none reign more supreme than the chocolate chip. Instantly irresistible and in just about everybody’s top 5 cookies, the chocolate chip cookie is a classic treat that a plate of can seldom survive the night.
That’s not to say you can’t reinvent the wheel, though. The only thing that predicates your chocolate chip cookies is, well, the chocolate chips. Everything else is completely up to you and you can actually make a good thing even better by kicking things up a notch when you’re selecting your cookie ingredients.
There’s a lot more of a better cookie than meets the eye, from batter to butter, here’s a few ways to spice up a classic dessert option:
Be creative with the chocolate chips
While those pre-packaged chocolate chips are great in a pinch and taste a lot like the kind you’d get from cookies you’d buy at a supermarket, they are kind of an old hat, everybody knows how they taste. Give everybody a surprise by changing the script a little.
Find new and exciting sources of chocolate, you can break up your favorite chocolate bars into hearty chunks, and even sprinkle some cacao nibs on top for an explosion of chocolatey goodness that will take anyone off guard.
That’s just an example, there are thousands of different places you can find some different types of chocolate and just about the same amount of different ways to break them up into manageable chunks to lay into the cookies. Break the mold and try something a little different.
Buy high quality staple ingredients
There are some things that you just can’t substitute if you want some really good cookies that are worth the time and effort. These are things like eggs, flour, butter, and of course a little sugar. Not all of these are made the same though, and splurging on some gourmet butter or higher quality eggs will end up making your finished product all the better.
If you like, you can add a pinch of salt to your cookies for a more rounded flavor profile, try getting some high quality sea salt instead and you’ll notice a much different end product.
Get inventive with your baking sheet
Besides, what goes into the cookies themselves, an ingredient that most people don’t even realize is an ingredient that they choose to bake the cookies on. The bare minimum you’ll need a baking sheet, but at the end of the day you’re the chef and you get to decide how these cookies turn out.
Want gooey, soft cookies that melt in the mouth? Using a thick sheet pan and a baking sheet to make sure the cookies aren’t exposed to too much heat directly will keep them soft and pliable. Opt for a thinner baking sheet if you want crispy cookies that break apart the moment you bite into them.
Chocolate chip cookies are actually highly customizable, aren’t they? Everybody has the typical tan colored sphere with some chocolate chips in it in mind, but there’s no reason that that has to be the be-all-end-all for this delightful confectionery.