Cheap Recipe: Secret-Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookies

6 Aug
For a printable version of this recipe, click here.
These puffy cookies really stand up to oven temperatures.

These puffy cookies really stand up to oven temperatures.

If you’re anything like me, you feel uneasy making chocolate chip cookies for parties or gifts because just as soon as you commit to it, the cookies go totally flat in the oven and you’re left scraping them piece-by-piece off the cookie sheet until they’re far too ugly and delicate to withstand travel or packaging. I really hate that. A lot.

That said, I’ve recently discovered a secret that seems to stop chocolate chip cookie dough flattening right in its tracks. And I’ll share it with you, because I’m just that nice. And also because cookies just photograph well. 🙂

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a small mixing bowl, combine 2 to 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour, 2 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. baking soda and 1 tsp cinnamon or nutmeg. Set aside.

Sift dry ingredients and set aside.

Sift dry ingredients and set aside.

In your most frilly, girly, flowery bowl♥, blend 3/4 cup brown sugar, 1/3 cup granulated sugar, 1 cup (or 2 sticks) softened butter (works better than margarine in this recipe) and 1-1/2 tsp vanilla. Beat in 2 eggs and whip until no lumps appear and mixture is smooth.

♥Chef’s Note: It is a proven fact that using extra-frilly and frou-frou cookware will enhance the flavor of your cookies. Dressing like June Cleaver may also help.

At this point you’re ready to add in the super top-secret ingredient. Are you ready for it??? The secret is…vanilla pudding mix! That’s right. Just like cake mixes use, it turns

My super, top-secret ingredient. Don't tell!

My super, top-secret ingredient. Don't tell!

out, one small box of cook-n-serve dry vanilla pudding mix will keep those bad boys moist and chewy while preventing the dough from falling and spreading in the heat of the oven. Now, aren’t you glad you read this post today?

So anyway, add the packet of dry pudding mix and beat until creamy. Then slowly blend in the contents of the first bowl. Stir in 1 bag of chocolate chips (any variety) and 1 cup nuts if you like (I left them out of mine as this was an experimental batch and I didn’t

Add pudding mix before adding flour mix to properly activate its magical powers.

Add pudding mix before adding flour mix to properly activate its magical powers.

 want too many extra ingredients getting in there and distracting me, but I did sort of miss their presence once the cookies came out of the oven).  Drop small, rounded balls of dough onto cookie sheet or pizza stone (I swear by my pizza stone for cookie-making; just remember to cover it with aluminum foil first so your cookies don’t absorb old garlic and pepperoni flavors!).

Is there anything in this world more beautiful than a well-seasoned pizza stone?

Is there anything in this world more beautiful than a well-seasoned pizza stone?

Beware–some of the gooey cookie dough balls may accidentally and purely unintentionally defy gravity and fall upwards and into your mouth and get chewed up and eaten. This is a risk, so be prepared for it by having a cold glass of milk nearby.

Bake cookies 8-10 minutes, pulling from the oven when edges only have darkened (centers will still be light in color). Cool 3-5 minutes before transferring to wire rack.

Remember to eat any dough balls that throw off the balance of the cookie sheet's Feng Shui.

Remember to eat any dough balls that throw off the balance of the cookie sheet's Feng Shui.

Finished cookies should stand up tall (most will be 3/4 of an inch thick or more!) and maintain a firm, rounded shape throughout oven time. Also note that the amount of granulated sugar in this recipe is less than in other recipes. This is because there is added sugar in the pudding mix and you don’t want to oversweeten your dough and

Did you ever see better-behaved cookie dough in your life?

Did you ever see better-behaved cookie dough in your life?

wind up with burnt outside edges before the centers are done. Too much sugar can do icky, ugly, smelly things in a hot oven!

Picture-perfect.

Picture-perfect.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: