Baking the Perfect Cookie
Accomplishing the perfect cookie is easier than you may think...
If you're anything like me, the first type of baked good I ever tried on my own was the chocolate chip cookie: warm, gooey, delicious, and perfect with a cool glass of milk. The chocolate chip cookie still holds its own today - and it's easy to understand why. From your first bite, you are immediately struck by the simplicity of the soft chocolate chunk and the sweet/saltiness of the cookie itself.
That is, unless you've had a "bad" cookie. I know what you're thinking, "Does a bad cookie even exist?" - That all depends on your definition!
Ever had a cookie that was just too cakey? Too hard? Bland? I'll be honest, when I started baking as a young girl I ended up with a few less-than-perfect cookies... but over the years I've learned some useful tips and tricks that assure me excellent results... every time!
You may read a cookie recipe that calls for room temperature butter... but who has the time to wait for that? Instead, you may find yourself microwaving that butter to speed up the process. This will affect your batter, and your cookie. Want a quick tip to gently warm up a cold stick of butter? Heat a drinking glass beneath a running faucet for a minute, then place the stick inside. Flip it upside down on your table, and wait! It's quick, easy, and won't hurt your cookies!
The Golden Egg:
Using rich, delicious eggs is a little-known secret to baking. That's why I prefer using eggs sourced from a local farm. When I crack them open, I see a golden, supple yolk... a sign of a well-fed hen. Check out your local farmers' market to see the difference for yourself!
Everyone has their favorite style of chocolate, but mine is a semisweet bar that is broken up into the cookie dough. It's not as uniform as a chip, but it gives a rustic feel to the cookie and a deeper flavor as a result.
Want to know a secret? Underbaking your cookies keep them nice and chewy! Try pulling your cookies out of the oven about 5 minutes before what your recipe may indicate. Speaking of baking, give your cookies a chance to cook evenly and lower the oven temperature by 25 degrees!
Play with flavor:
Okay, so you've mastered the classic chocolate chip cookie. What's next? Let's explore with some fun flavors! For a sweet umami bite, pinch of sea salt on the top of your cookie will do the trick. Or play with sweet and tangy, and add a tart fruit such as raspberries by pressing them into the top of your cookies as you take them out of the oven. The possibilities are endless, just have fun and play with flavors that interest you! How about pistachio and white chocolate? Caramel and coconut? Cherry and Cardamom?
Thank you for reading! I hope you were able to pick up some tips, and I encourage you to post your own cookies and tag us on Instagram @Beer_House_Cafe - I can't wait to see what you bake up!