best basic chocolate chip cookies

February 5, 2013

These are by far the best chocolate chip cookies I have made. I cannot believe how good they turned out. And all I did was tweak a couple things.

To start, I just used the basic Nestle Toll house recipe. I was not in the mood to search all over Pinterest for some fancy cookie. I just wanted a plain chocolate chip cookie. Unfortunately, even with a simple recipe, results are not guaranteed. Here is a flop from Christmas-time.

So with a bit more attention to detail, I baked a perfect chocolate chip cookie.

Here is a quick list of what I did.

First up the butter. I saw this pin a while ago on the correct softness of butter. So I made sure my butter was soft, but not too soft.

Next the dry ingredients. I decided to sift them all together. I usually do not sift, but I really wanted to make sure that the leavening agents were dispersed throughout.

I also added arrowroot powder. I had heard that you can substitute the baking soda for cornstarch (arrowroot is a substitute for cornstarch)  to give a fluffier cookie, but I didn't want to risk it. So instead of substituting, I just added a teaspoon of arrowroot powder.

I used course sea salt instead of table salt. This gave more of a hint of salt to the cookie that balanced out the sweetness perfectly.

Now a cookie is still a cookie, but some things I used to make it better:

  • Organic, grass-fed butter
  • Organic granulated sugar
  • Organic brown sugar
  • Organic eggs
  • Homemade vanilla extract

Not everything was organic :( but at least I was able to get some organic ingredients in there. Hope these tips are useful!