How to make cookies from scratch

crispy chocolate chip cookie

Think of this as the elevated, from-scratch version of the Original Nestlé Toll House treat. If you’re a “the bigger, the better” kind of baker, triple up on those scoops for our oversized version. Find more types of Chocolate Chip Cookies, here.

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

*We used Kerrygold and Guittard.

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How to Freeze Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

This chocolate chip cookie dough is perfect for making ahead of time and freezing! Freezing chocolate chip cookie dough is incredibly easy and is a great way to save time for busy families on the go, you can pre-make a ton of dough and keep it in the freezer for when you need to use it

  • Prepare the cookie dough according to the recipe instructions.
  • Divide the cookie dough into two equal portions.
  • Place each portion of the cookie dough into a freezer safe bag, seal and freeze for up to 2 months. I dived the dough into two as they will make a solid dozen cookies each.
  • If you prefer, you can roll the cookie dough into pre-formed balls, BUT I find that this actually can dry out the dough and change the quality. When you freeze the dough in a large chunk, it helps preserve the moisture and prevents everything from getting freezer burnt.
  • To make cookie dough balls and freeze them, roll the dough into one inch balls. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and flash freeze for an hour so that they won’t stick together when you place in the freezer safe bag.
  • Place the balls into a sealed container or a bag. IF you make the dough balls they DO deteriorate in the freezer faster, I would only give them a month in there, tops.

How to Bake Cookies From Frozen Cookie Dough

Now that you have the cookie dough frozen, you can bake it up any time you want!

  • Remove your dough from the freezer and let defrost.
  • If you have made the cookie dough balls and frozen them, simply line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the frozen dough on top, 2 inches apart and let them defrost.
  • Preheat your oven to 350 °F.
  • Roll the dough into 1 inch balls. I find that you can still work with slightly frozen dough at this point and it’s easier to make the balls!
  • Place on a parchment lined baking sheet, 2 inches apart.
  • Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes until they are golden brown and slightly underdone.
  • Cool on baking racks.
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How to Freeze Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies freeze exceptionally well and it’s easy to do! Bake them up and then store them in the freezer for snacks and school lunches.

  • You are going to freeze the already baked cookies on a cookie sheet in one layer until they are frozen solid.
  • Remove the frozen cookies from the cookie sheets and place into an airtight, freezer safe container.
  • Place the cookies layer by layer (putting parchment paper or wax paper between the layers to make sure that they don’t stick together) and then seal with the lid.
  • Freeze for up to 3-6 months.
  • Defrost on the counter-top and enjoy!

The Types of Ingredients to Use in Chocolate Chip Cookies

Here are a few common questions that are asked when it comes to the ingredients used in chocolate chip cookies. Remember that this is just my opinion only and you are free to use products and brands that you like!

What type of flour do I use in chocolate chip cookies?

The best type of flour to use in chocolate chip cookies is unbleached, all purpose flour. The brand doesn’t really matter as long as it’s a brand that YOU like to use.

What type of butter do I use in chocolate chip cookies? Can I use salted butter?

The best butter to use in your baking is one that tastes good off the spoon – or you can taste test it on plain toast. You want to use a butter that is good quality and tastes delicious! This is what your cookies are going to taste like, so make sure it’s good! As for salted butter, I use salted butter all the time in my baking, just use a portion of the salt in the recipe if you are doing so. The rule of thumb is that you leave out 1/4 tsp of salt for every 1/2 cup of salted butter you use, so you would only use 3/4 tsp of salt in my recipe.

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Do you need brown sugar for chocolate chip cookies? What kind?

You absolutely need brown sugar for chocolate chip cookies, or they will be too sweet and lack a depth of flavour. I use golden or light brown sugar in all of my cookie recipes, but I have a friend who uses dark in almost everything she bakes – and everything she makes turns out great as well! It will be a deeper, more molasses-ey flavor when you use a dark brown sugar. If you don’t have brown sugar, mix in 2 tbsp of molasses to every cup of white sugar that you are substituting.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Troubleshooting

Here is a list of the common problems you might encounter when making chocolate chip cookies – or most cookies, for that matter.

Problem: My cookies spread out and are flat.

  • If it’s humid or hot, like with any other cookie recipe, you are going to have to adjust your methods. Chill the dough in the fridge before baking to combat heat, and with humidity add in a couple tbsp of flour until the dough firms up.
  • If you have neither heat nor humidity and you have a wet dough – I hate to break it to you but your butter is cheap and has a high water content. It happens, a LOT and is massively important AND always overlooked when it comes to baking. There are 2 1/4 CUPS of flour and only 1/2 cup of butter – this is one of the driest cookie doughs out there.
  • You also could have measured wrong, because there is no way 1/2 cup of butter mixed into that large amount of flour can be wet.
  • You aren’t measuring the flour correctly OR you are using sifted flour. A lot of people don’t realize that your flour can come pre-sifted, which means that when you are measuring out your flour it will NEVER match recipes on the internet! Never buy pre-sifted flour unless it’s for a recipe that specifies it. Most households buy unsifted and use un-sifted.
  • Your oven could be running at a different temperature, check it’s accuracy.
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Problem: My cookies are tough and not chewy

  • Make sure to under bake the cookies. You only have to heat them up to 165 °F, to properly and safely cook the raw eggs in them. You can have ooey gooey chocolate chip cookies without adding honey or corn syrup, just simply under bake and enjoy!
  • You might have over-beaten the cookies. Don’t beat the dough as much next time.thick chewy chocolate chip cookies

How to Make Delicious Gluten-Free Cookies

Brown butter: Gives these cookies a delectable nutty flavor

A tablespoon of milk: Prevents grittiness and helps the cookies get golden

1/4 cup almond flour: For a chewy texture and yummy flavor (can use GF all-purpose flour in place of this if you have a nut allergy)

30 minute rest: Gives the flour time to hydrate and prevents grittiness

A sprinkle of sea salt: Optional, but delicious for gourmet bakery-style cookies!

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Ingredients

In a medium bowl, whisk together the gluten-free flour, almond flour, baking soda and salt until evenly combined. Set aside.

Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Once the butter is melted start to whisk constantly. First the butter will begin to foam, then after a couple of minutes it will begin to brown on the bottom of the saucepan. Turn off the heat as soon as the solids turn brown and the butter gives off a nutty aroma. Pour into a glass mixing bowl to prevent burning.

Add the milk, brown sugar and white sugar. Whisk to combine. Add the egg and vanilla and whisk until smooth and creamy.

Using a rubber spatula, mix in the dry ingredients until well combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Cover the bowl and let sit for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350F. Scoop the cookie dough (about 2 Tablespoons of dough per cookie) and place a few inches apart on the baking sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until golden and the center is set.

Let cool 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to continue cooling. Enjoy!

DAIRY-FREE: To make these dairy-free use earth balance buttery sticks and reduce the amount of almond milk to 1 teaspoon.

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