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4 Easy Tweaks For Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

You'll love these flavor-boosting, texture-tweaking riffs on the classic recipe, courtesy of Jenny McCoy, pastry chef and author of Desserts for Every Season.
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  • Basic Recipe
    <i>Makes 4 dozen cookies</i> <br><br><strong>Ingredients</strong><br>1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour2/3 cup cake flour1 tsp. bak
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    Makes 4 dozen cookies

    Ingredients
    1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour2/3 cup cake flour1 tsp. baking soda1 tsp. salt1 cup unsalted butter, softened1/2 cup granulated sugar1 cup dark brown sugar2 large eggs1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract2 cups (about 12 ounces) bittersweet chocolate chips

    DirectionsActive time: 30 minutes
    Total time: 40 minutes.

    Preheat oven to 375°. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

    In a medium bowl, sift flours, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

    In a large bowl, beat butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time and mix until smooth; stir in vanilla. Add flour mixture and stir until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips.

    On baking sheets, arrange tablespoon-size balls of dough, leaving 2" of space between each.

    Bake until light golden brown, 9 to 11 minutes. Let cool.

    Easy tweaks:
    - Add a quarter cup of cacao nibs to your batter to increase the chocolate flavor and give the cookies an appealing crunch.

    - Add a tablespoon of instant espresso powder to make mocha-flavored cookies.
  • Easy Tweaks
    - Underbake your cookies by two to three minutes to make them softer and chewier. <br><br>- Roll balls of cookie dough in tur
    Gregor Halenda
    - Underbake your cookies by two to three minutes to make them softer and chewier.

    - Roll balls of cookie dough in turbinado sugar, then bake. This will give them a pretty, crystalline texture.
  • Easy Tweak
    - Sprinkle a pinch of coarse sea salt on each cookie just before baking to achieve a salty/sweet balance.
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    - Sprinkle a pinch of coarse sea salt on each cookie just before baking to achieve a salty/sweet balance.
  • Easy Tweaks
    - Skip the chips and use chocolate <i>chunks </i>for a super-indulgent, gooey cookie. <br><br>- Add two tablespoons of finely
    Gregor Halenda
    - Skip the chips and use chocolate chunks for a super-indulgent, gooey cookie.

    - Add two tablespoons of finely minced crystallized ginger to your batter for a spicy zing.
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