13 Tips for Baking the Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie

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Tired of looking for the chocolate chip cookie of your dreams?

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Confession: 

I’ve met my share of chocolate chip cookies. Okay, since I’m confessing, I’ve met way more than my fair share. The problem is that the majority of them are just okay.

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They always seem to have an issue.

Boring,

Crummy,

Dense,

Or, just not sweet enough.

So even though I’ve enjoyed a lot of cookies, I’m always searching for that perfect one that has all the right stuff. And guess what? I’ve made a list- of that stuff.

 

In honor of Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, we’re counting down the top thirteen tips to baking the perfect chocolate chip cookie.

13 Tips for a better Chocolate Chip Cookie

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13. Accuracy. It’s really important to measure ingredients carefully, preferably with a digital scale. You may be saying-Uh Agatha, this isn’t rocket science here. They’re just cookies.  

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Fact is, there’s a lot of science going on in every little cookie. Get it wrong, and…  

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12.  Fresh Ingredients. This one seems obvious, but sometimes we don’t realize how long things have been sitting in the pantry. When’s the last time you checked the date on baking powder? Also, keep in mind that once you open the package, most ingredients will lose their freshness faster. Stale expired products, will produce stale expired flavor.

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11.  Encourage an Even Bake. Avoid dark, non-stick pans that can cause cookies to burn on the bottom. Unless using a convection oven, bake one tray at a time in the middle of the oven and rotate once during baking.

10.  Butter is betterUse butter, not margarine. Margarine makes a denser cookie, and more importantly, butter has flavor. (Of course, just my opinion).

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9.   Better Butter is butter at room temperature. When butter is too cold, it will not mix evenly. Too hot, and cookies will spread.

If you need to warm it quickly, don’t be tempted to soften it in the microwave.

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Instead, slice or grate the butter and let it soften naturally while you preheat your oven and gather materials. 

8.  Don’t bake blindlyKnow your ingredient capabilities. 

For chewy cookies: Add 1 Tablespoon of corn syrup and use a higher ratio of brown sugar. I prefer dark brown sugar for that extra kick of toffee-like flavor.

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For cake-like cookies: Add 1 Tablespoon of cornstarch and use cake flour.

For crispy cookies: Use only granulated sugar.

7.   Whip it, whip it good.

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As a general rule of thumb, cream sugar and butter first. Gradually add in wet ingredients and eggs one at a time. Then, incorporate the dry ingredients. If the ingredients are not uniformly combined, you may end up with a crumbly cookie.

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6.   But…dont whip it too good. See, I told you it’s a science. You want to stir well enough to get an even mixture, but you don’t want to overwork the dough. Overmix the ingredients and the cookies will get tough.

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5.   Lay it, dont spray it. I highly recommend lining pans with parchment paper or silicone mats. If you prefer non-stick spray, don’t over do it.

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Too much spray can cause cookies to spread and will cause a greasy build-up on your pans. Furthermore, if spraying, be sure to wash pans in between bakes. There’s nothing worse than burnt chocolate or sugar stuck on your trays.

4.   Be cautious of soggy bottoms. To ensure the cookies are done, check that the bottoms are lightly brown. Even when cookies are fully baked, they will bend and break apart right out of the oven. Let them rest for just a couple of minutes and then carefully transfer to a cooling rack, single-layer.   

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3.   Keep it cool. Cool pans. Cool dough.

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Always bake on cool pans. If refilling a pan just from the oven, rinse with cold water. Hot pans will cause over-spreading. It’s also helpful to chill your dough in the refrigerator in between bakes.

2.   Accessorize. We eat with our eyes first, especially when it comes to dessert.

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After rolling the cookie balls, top them with a few chocolate chips and any other candy mix-ins you are using. Cookies will look more appetizing and nobody will feel short changed. (Am I the only one who has been disappointed by the pitiful two-chip cookie?)

Official Baker Rule: A cookie should never disappoint.😉

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1.   And the number one tip…eat those chocolate wonders while they’re fresh out of the oven.

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The key is to bake in small batches. Refrigerate dough (up to 3 days) or freeze the dough up to six weeks (in an airtight container), until ready to bake. You’ll just have to add a couple minutes of cook time. 

Fresh, warm cookies every time.

 

Have any other tips? Please share in the comment section below.

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Congratulations to these Top 13 Chocolate Movie Quote Tweets

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We asked Twitter to play, “Add Chocolate, Improve a Movie Quote!”  And we couldn’t be more impressed by the clever responses.  

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It was quite difficult to narrow it down to the top 13 tweets, so be sure to check out the other responses via Twitter #AddChocolateImpoveAMovieQuote. Thanks to all that participated!

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More games to come!

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This Valentine’s Day Ditch the Flowers, Buy Her Chocolate

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Dear Cupid,

Those Valentine Roses are Going to Cost You…

Nope, the price of roses hasn’t risen this year. They will cost you the same astronomical inflated dollars they always have. You see, it’s not the damage to your wallet we’re talking about here, it’s the potential damage to your relationship. Those flowers you gift her on Valentine’s Day come with an underlying message. Get it wrong, and your relationship status will update to Loves Me Not.
 
Let me break it down.
 
What he thinks: This Valentine’s Day, I’m giving her flowers. I can’t go wrong here. It’s the gift that says I’m romantic.
What she thinks: Well that depends on a few things…

 
The Delivery
Did he send the flowers to your home?
What she thinks:  What’s the point, no one else will even see them. Is he embarrassed of me?
 
Did he send them to your workplace? 
What she thinks: Does he think I’m a narcissist that craves attention causing my significant other to publicly display his fondness for me? Next thing I know he’ll try to stick his tongue down my throat in front of my boss.
 
Did he bring the flowers to me in person after work?
What she thinks: Zilch on the thought level. Prince charming waited till the last minute, grabbing something on the way home.
 
Flower Type
 
Roses? 
What she thinks: How unoriginal. sigh
 
Not roses?
What she thinks: Cheapskate! Guess our relationship is not important enough to spring for the long stems. Gail at work got two dozen. Her boyfriend really cares about her.
 
The Color 
 
You may be asking yourself, who cares about the color? She does. Because every rose color has meaning. And maybe she doesn’t know that– but, what if she does? Or worse, what if Gail from work knows?
 
Red
What he thinks: The flowers are red.
What she thinks:  Oh my gosh, he loves me. This is too soon. Or red, yawn, so ordinary. The color that says, yippee, I got red roses on Valentine’s Day— just like half of the other women in the country. Bet they were on sale, too.
 
Not red? 
What he thinks: The flowers are not red.
What she thinks:  He doesn’t love me. He’s insecure with our relationship status and afraid of commitment. I mean there are red roses everywhere, and he went out of his way to pick a different color.
 
Yellow
What he thinks: The flowers are yellow.
What she thinks:  Oh, so he wants to play it this way. The dreaded, he just wants to be friends. Great friends. Gag. And on Valentine’s Day, nonetheless. Coward.
 
Peach
What he thinks: The flowers are some light orangey color. Whatever.
What she thinks:  He thinks I’m sweet. (Yeah, so is my grandma.)
 
Pink
What he thinks: The flowers are pink.
What her best friend thinks: Oh, you think she’s so beautiful, do you? So you finally admit it, you just like her for her looks. You mine as well give her a pork chop with a ribbon tied around it, if you really want her to feel like a piece of meat.
 
Orange
What he thinks: Why did she just smack me?
What she thinks: Orange relays a message of passion and desire.  So depending on your relationship status, the smack on the face, or the bum, was well deserved. 
 
Coral
What he thinks: These flowers are pink. Or orange.
What she thinks:  I fascinate you? What, am I a clown at the circus?
 
Blue: 
What he thinks: Cool. I’ve never seen blue roses before.
What she thinks:  He thinks I’m fake. Just like these fake flowers.
 

White
What he thinks: The flowers are white.
What she thinks: I will need to consult my friends on this one.
What your best friend thinks: Loverboy thinks you’re loyal. You know, like a faithful dog.
What your mom thinks:  Innocent? Yeah right. He’s a living and breathing man, gushing with testosterone. I’d gather to say his innocence isn’t his strongest trait. Dump the pervert.
What Gail from work thinks:  Ouch. Sympathy. (Do you really want to go there?)
 
 
Assorted Colors 
What he thinks:  I’m indecisive.
What she thinks: He’s indecisive. Furthermore, he lacks a backbone, and knows nothing about me. If he can’t even commit to a color, he surely cannot commit to us. Relationship status: game over.
 
No matter the delivery, the style, or the color, one thing is for certain. The life span of flowers is short. Every day she looks at them they will get a bit weaker, lose a little zest, and eventually shrivel up and die. A reminder of your relationship’s impending doom.
 
So, what should you buy her for Valentine’s Day?
Chocolate.

 
Because not getting her chocolate sends the biggest message of all:  
I think you are a profoundly obese bloated baboon who eats bonbons while watching reality shows all day. You don’t want her to think she’s a profoundly obese bloated baboon who eats bonbons all day while watching reality shows all day, right?
 
So spring for the chocolates…Just be sure to buy the right ones. 
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What’s your favorite gift to receive on Valentine’s Day? Please share in the comment section! ❤️

Confessions of a Chocoholic- at Work

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If you’re anything like me, eating healthy can be a challenge. In this world, it seems like there are tasty morsels around every corner. 


Tempting us. 

Taunting us. 

And ready to lure us in.


You can’t turn on the television, drive down the road, read a magazine, or even go to work, without the temptation of delicious, not-so-nutritious foods, threatening your diet.    

And when chocolate is involved, all bets are off. 


But, not today. Today I’ve got things under control. I’m like a junk food ninja. Bring on the snacks, the baked goods, and those chocolate covered goodies.


Today is the day

 

Today, I’m going to eat healthier.

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Twenty minutes into work, and all I’ve had is coffee and a piece of chewing gum. I’m unstoppable.

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Unstoppable…Until I leave my desk. Traps everywhere.

 

Doughnuts in the break room. Maybe just one…

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Minor set back.  I got this.

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Secretary’s desk houses jars of candy. I’ll take one for the team.

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Strategically placed vending machine en route to restrooms. 

Baited, hooked…and sunk.

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A co-worker is celebrating with birthday cake.  Maybe I’ll have just a thin slice.

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The office manager baked muffins. I don’t want to hurt her feelings.

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The boss is selling cookies for his daughter. I need to be supportive.

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Retirement Party.  Bring on the cake.

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I’ve already blown today. I should probably go clean up the doughnuts in the break room.

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Tomorrow. Tomorrow I will eat healthier.

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Blogger Recognition Award

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I’ve been nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award.

First and foremost, Id like to thank The Jouska for nominating me for this award.  (Gif)

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She’s one of the first bloggers I connected with when I started my blog. I’d also like to take the opportunity to congratulate her on an impressive site. Sometimes witty, sometimes sincere- always a good read! 

 

The Rules

  1. Write a post to show your award.
  2. Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you.
  3. Give a brief story of how you started your blog.
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  5. Nominate 15 bloggers who deserve the award.

About me:

I write. I read. And I eat a crazy amount of chocolate. I started my blog in hopes of connecting with others who had similar interests. Folks that like to laugh, and hang out in the kitchen are my favorite kind of people. And I’ve had the pleasure to meet so many of them!

My advice?

As I’ve only been at blogging for a few months, I’m surely not the one to lend the most expert advice.

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My advice:

Be genuine. As a newbie, it’s so easy to look at other successful blogs, and think, wow. Now that blogger really has it together….maybe my blog should look more like that one? NO, of course it shouldn’t. That would get boring really fast. Sure, it’s okay to get inspired by a great blogger, but be yourself. Develop a style and a voice that’s all your own, and readers will love you, uniquely, for it!

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Even if you have a goofy sense of humor, and an insatiable hunger for chocolate.☺️ (And this is where I give a warm thanks to my readers! ❤️)

Secondly, pay it forward when you can.  Like someone’s post?  Let them know.  Everyone can use the feedback, and interacting with each other is the whole idea. 

 

And now, my favorite part- announcing the nominees.

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All In the Name of Love

Betsy’s Bakehouse

Chocolate Pages

Cooking Without Limits

Deirdre’s Daily Dose

Don’t You Forget About Me

Flavor Me This

Karina Pinella

Kathy’s Cottage

Mom’s Ranting

Natascha’s Palace

Rainy Day Writing 

Rumbly in My Tumbly

The Recipe Hunter 

What Makes Me Amber

 

Well Done, Bloggers!

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