How to: Bake Chocolate Chip Cookies

How to: bake chocolate chip cookies

Chocolate chip cookies that don’t fall flat? Aren’t crunchy all over? Have just the right amount of gooey even a week old?

Friends. I have been keeping this secret from you, not on purpose … just out of habit. I grew up baking these cookies with my mom and remember the stories of others always wondering HOW her cookies turned out perfect every single time.

Allow me to show you.

How to: bake chocolate chip cookies

You’ll need:

Sugar, Brown Sugar, Crisco (important), 2 eggs, vanilla, chocolate chips, flour, baking soda, and salt.

Crack your eggs, add your sugar and brown sugar, vanilla and Crisco to one bowl. BEAT.

How to: bake chocolate chip cookies

How to: bake chocolate chip cookies

How to: bake chocolate chip cookies

How to: bake chocolate chip cookies

How to: bake chocolate chip cookies

How to: bake chocolate chip cookies

The Crisco is one of the keys to the never flat, always gooey but crunchy on the outside – perfect cookie. It just is. I don’t know why, I’ve baked countless cookies with butter or other kinds of fat and in order to get this effect, you need crisco. (Off brands are fine, too)

Then add the rest of your ingredients to the bowl – the “dry” ones, save for the chocolate chips and beat til blended well.

How to: bake chocolate chip cookies

How to: bake chocolate chip cookies

How to: bake chocolate chip cookies

How to: bake chocolate chip cookies

Now, here’s the real secret.

How to: bake chocolate chip cookies

You need to add about a Table Spoon (TBS) of water to the cookie dough at this point.

I was in my teens before my mom ever gave that up. She was shocked when I acted shocked that this was actually the secret. Apparently I had missed this little nugget EVERY SINGLE TIME we baked cookies together. It’s possible. But there it is.

Mom – we were in 691 and you were wearing that cream colored sweater you loved – we were baking together and you reached over me to add the the TBS of water and I gasped. You giggled. (Love you mom!)

How to: bake chocolate chip cookies

Beat again to incorporate the water then add your chocolate chips and stir to mix.

How to: bake chocolate chip cookies

How to: bake chocolate chip cookies

From here you just take whatever method works best for you and bake the cookies. We use two spoons to make balls of the dough. Then bake. Then cool. Then eat.

How to: bake chocolate chip cookies

How to: bake chocolate chip cookies

How to: bake chocolate chip cookies

How to: bake chocolate chip cookies

I’m not giving measurements or a recipe because I always bake off the back of a package with chocolate chip cookies. The recipe out of Betty Crocker is a winner too. But the back of the chip bag is never too far from Betty and it’s easier for me.

This recipe (and they’re all similar) was from Nestle.

How to: bake chocolate chip cookies

Enjoy!!

How to: bake chocolate chip cookies

5 thoughts on “How to: Bake Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. ok Jodi, let me get this straight. You start with the tollhouse cookie recipe, but replace the butter with shortening and add a Tbsp of water? Is anything else different!

    I never use crisco in my cookies. I keep trying to get the right texture with butter, but I’ve only succeeded once, and those has peanut butter in them as well. I’m always worried the crisco cookies won’t taste as good. But if you recommend them I’ll try it 🙂

  2. Megan – Yup! Those are the only changes. I would recommend trying it 🙂

    The difference in taste with crisco and butter cookies is this: slight to absolutely no difference. The only way I know a cookie is made with butter is when it’s flat and greasy – and all too crunchy an hour after baking.

    But that’s from my own experimentation.

  3. one important addition….the Crisco has to be just plain Crisco…NO butter-flavored…..that does not work. 🙂

  4. My cookies never turn out.
    Could you tell me about your professional baking mat? Perhaps my old pans are the reason. I’ve tried cookies on stone, and on airbake. There seems to be no difference. Do the cookies stick to the baking mat? How do you wash a mat? Is a baking mat different than parchment? Thanks for your help.

  5. Hi Brenda,

    I bought it at Bed Bath and Beyond I think – it was about $20 … I think it works pretty much the same as parchment, only you don’t have to keep buying it. I use it with everything (save casseroles). We made nachos today, used it. I make cookies, I use it. I clean it the same way I would my dishes, we don’t have a dishwasher so I just hand wash it with hot water and soap. It seems to work just fine. I’ve been very impressed with it – nothing sticks to it.

    Hope that helps!!

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