I’ve made so many cookies this month. I’ve made snickerdoodles, double chocolate, and chocolate chip cookies.
I even had a good helper at one point!
The snickerdoodle recipe came from the Cooks Illustrated cookbook. They were good. They were easy. I hadn’t made them before, and I’m not sure when I’ll make them again. But I think it’s important to have a variety of good cookie recipes up your sleeve.
The double chocolate cookies were a request from my husband. I was super surprised for a recipe that was chocolate based, but I was more than happy to make these for him. Until he made an additional request…that I make them using chocolate cake mix…You should have seen my face. I generally don’t use mixes and he knows that. So I went to the store, bought a mix that was on sale, and set out to make these cookies. They were quick, easy, and … delicious. They weren’t my favorite right out of the oven, but the next day they were so good. I’ll definitely be making them again.
Finally, I’ve set out to find my favorite chocolate chip recipe. Growing up, I loved my mom’s chocolate chip cookies. They are a Betty Crocker recipe. Her cookies are the best, and all of my friends and family agree. I’ve never had a go-to recipe, and honestly, I’ve never been really good at making chocolate chip cookies. I’ve always just let my mom do it 🙂
So for this challenge, I tried four, yes, four different recipes. See below:
- Cooks Illustrated: This cookbook always (literally) steers me in the right direction, so it was a natural starting point. I made them for our family’s Easter gathering and people ate them, but I was disappointed. They were more cakey than I like.
- Hannah Jones Secret Cookie Recipe: One of my bridal showers was a recipe shower, where each guest brought one of their “tried and true” recipes. My favorite cousin, Hannah, brought a recipe for chocolate chip cookies. These had a lot of potential, actually. They were super easy and had a good consistency, but I thought they had too much sugar. In the future, I might go back and try it again, but cutting down the sugar.
- Betty Crocker: I asked my mom to send me her recipe. I KNEW this would be the winner. It was not. Similar to the Cooks Illustrated recipe, they were too cakey. Again, disappointment. I’m not sure what happened. My theory is that good cookies are based on more than just a recipe. You still have to have some skill and practice (obvi). I’m wondering if I did something a little off, like mixing too much or too little or something like that.
- Nestle Toll House: Well, I figured I better try the standard recipe. These were my favorite. They were crispy but soft. They were exactly the standard basic chocolate chip cookie. They were not extraordinary or something people will rave about, but they will work. They will not last long at my house.
I did learn one thing–to use regular size chocolate chips. For one of the recipes, I just used mini chocolate chips and some chocolate chunks. The chocolate chunks were great, but the mini chocolate chips didn’t provide enough chocolate in each bite.
I really, really want a recipe like my moms, where everybody thinks my cookies are the best. But I’ve kind of given up. I can have the best of something else, right? There are like 11 more months of this baking challenge.