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7 tips for the best chocolate chip cookie

Updated: Mar 20, 2021

by Good Housekeeping

Chocolate chip cookies are a classic and seemingly simple sweet treat, but the perfect batch can be surprisingly difficult for some bakers to master. With just one little change to the recipe or baking time, these sugary snacks can come out of the oven looking or tasting completely different. (There's a reason that those crunchy store-bought cookies are so different from your mom's melty homemade morsels, after all.)

If you're looking to shake up your usual recipe — or you're dying to know just how to achieve the perfect, cake-like cookie — read on for some of our favorite pro tips (and unexpected secret ingredients) for making your best batch ever.

  1. Add powdered milk for an extra-chewy cookie.

  2. Use cold butter to help your cookies bake evenly throughout.

  3. For a firmer cookie, let the dough chill for 24 – 36 hours.

  4. If you like 'em thin and crispy, use more white sugar than brown.

  5. Use more brown sugar than white to get a rich, caramel-y flavor.

  6. Chop your own chocolate chunks to make your cookies more rich and dynamic.

  7. Sprinkle cookies with salt to create a more complex flavor.

Check Good Housekeeping for more information and tips on chocolate chip cookies.

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