Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Looking for that perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie? Look no further, because I have it for you! Chocolate Chip cookies undoubtedly a staple, and finding the perfect one can be a challenge. Clearly, you have come to the right place, to find the perfect cookie!

Chocolate Chip Cookies can vary greatly. Too much flour, not enough butter. Without a doubt, it takes time to find the perfect combination. I am glad you found my blog for the perfect cookie!

Why is this Chocolate Chip Cookie So Good?

This cookie has the perfect texture. In addition to the little crunch it has, you’ll find it still has a gooey center! If your like me and don’t like a flat and too crunchy cookie, this is the perfect cookie for you!

I have seen a lot of recipes that call for melted butter…I have never loved the way those turn out. I prefer the butter to be at room temp, but not overly soft. This way the cookie will not spread as much! The less spread you have the thicker the cookie.

Should I refrigerate my Cookie Dough?

This is totally up to you. I usually do not plan my cookies far enough in advance so I don’t have the time. However, refrigeration further prevents spreading, while making your cookie more ideal if you like them thicker and chewier.

The best allergen free chocolate chips!

Since I have a lot of food allergies, I read labels and try new things all the time. I am always on the hunt for chocolate chips without soy. There are several brands that have these, Nestle, Enjoy life, and I have seen some generic brands as well. They are a little more expensive, but definitely worth it. Without a doubt, I found the best deal at Costco! Organic Artisan Kettle Organic Chocolate chips. 32 Ounces for $9!! Usually the 8 ounce bags cost $4-$5, so this is a huge deal and they taste the best!

Can these be gluten free?

Absolutely!! I have made them gluten free and liked them just as much. My kids didn’t even notice a difference. All you have to do is substitute the all purpose flour for gluten free flour. Make sure the GF flour says cup for cup or 1:1! You will not be disappointed, and will still get the perfect chocolate chip cookie!

Now let’s get to the Ingredients!

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature – (this is also optional)
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  • Mix together the butter and sugars
  • Add in the vanilla and eggs
  • In a separate bowl mix together the dry ingredients
  • Slowly add in the dry ingredients with the wet
  • Once fully incorporated add in the chocolate chips
  • Roll into balls and place on the cookie sheet
  • Bake for 15 minutes – Do not overbake!
  • Let cool and eat!

I hope you enjoy these cookies as much as I do! Let me know what you think!

If you want to try something a little different than a traditional Chocolate Chip cookie, try these!

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Oatmeal Cookies

We are officially in the midst of the Coronavirus Pandemic and I am going crazy in my house. It hasn’t even been a week!! I am working from home and trying to educate my young children – the struggle is real. With that said, we needed some cookies, and the grocery stores are out of everything – like for real…so we baked!! Oatmeal cookies for the win!

We decided that these oatmeal cookies were the way to go, (since we had all the ingredients in the cupboard) and let me tell you, they didn’t disappoint! Nothing fancy here, we didn’t put anything in them, no raisins, no cherries, and no chocolate chips and they were delicious. Instead, we made them into oatmeal cream sandwich cookies, with cinnamon frosting. Yum!!

There are two ways you can do the cinnamon frosting. 1. Homemade, Click HERE for my Cinnamon Buttercream or 2. From a can. Just mix some ground cinnamon with a can of store bought vanilla frosting. Genius!! If you really want to know, we went with the store bought frosting since my kids wanted these cookies immediately! 🙂

I can assure you that these are easy! They only take 8-10 minutes to bake and once you whip up the batter, you will have cookies in no time.

If you so desire, you can do different add-ins like raisins, dried cherries, and chocolate chips. I like to eat these cookies crumbled over vanilla ice cream!!! It’s seriously so good!

Here Is What You Need

Cookies:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups Oats

Filling:

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and line your cookie sheets with parchment paper. If you don’t have parchment paper you can spray the pan
  • Cream together butter and sugars in your stand mixer with the paddle attachment or with your hand mixer.
  • Add in eggs and vanilla and mix until combined.

  • In a different medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
  • Add the flour mixture slowly into the wet ingredients until combined.
  • Add in the oats and mix until incorporated.
  • Roll cookies either by hand or with two spoons into the size desired. These cookies do spread while baking.
  • Bake smaller cookies for 8-10 minutes
  • Bake larger cookies for 10-12 minutes
  • Let them sit on the cookie sheet for 2-4 minutes before transferring to wire rack.
  • Let Cool on wire rack
  • Mix together the frosting and the cinnamon in a bowl
  • Once cooled, frost one side of the cookie, but not all the way to the edge. Sandwich together with another cookie.
  • Store in an air tight container so they do not get stale!
  • Enjoy!!

I Hope You Enjoy These Cookies!

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcakes

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcakes are easy and a great alternative to a regular cupcake! Perfect for parties big or small.

You do not need a lot of ingredients, which is nice, because these use a box of cake mix in the batter! They are part cookie and part cupcake!

The best thing about Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcakes is that you can top them however you want. There are so many variations.

Different Mix-In’s

  • M&M’s
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Butterscotch Chips
  • White Chocolate Chips
  • Marshmallows
  • Sprinkles

Different Toppings

  • Ice Cream
  • Frosting
  • Whipped Cream
  • Chocolate Sauce
  • Strawberry Sauce
  • Caramel Sauce
  • Sprinkles
  • Cherry on top!

Those are just a few ideas, get creative!

Here is what you need for the recipe:

  • 1 Box of yellow cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup of heavy whipping cream or milk
  • 1/4 cup of canola oil
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (or other mix-in’s you want)

Instructions:

  • Heat the oven to 350 degrees F
  • Mix together the cake mix, egg, oil, and cream in a bowl with a hand mixer or stand mixer
  • Add in the chocolate chips, stir until well combined
  • Prepare muffin tins with 24 muffin papers
  • Evenly distribute the batter among the 24 cupcake papers
  • Bake 18 minutes
  • Let cool
  • Remove the cupcake paper
  • Serve with desired toppings!

These were so so so delicious! I served them for my son’s birthday and the adults and the kids all loved them! It’s a good alternative to a normal cupcake! It was also very last minute, and they were so quick and easy to make. I had all of the ingredients in my pantry, so it was a win-win!

I hope you enjoy these Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcakes!

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Royal Icing

Royal icing can be intimidating, however is actually quite easy to make! We have a family tradition of making Christmas cookies every year, and a sugar cookie is not the same without icing on the top! Growing up we would always just mix together milk, powdered sugar and vanilla, very basic and no real formula to that, yet still delicious! I was looking for something less runny and something you can actually design with! So here with are with the Royal Icing, perfect for sugar cookies!

Now, I definitely always have to level set my expectations when it comes to cookie decorating. I always see these beautifully decorated cookies on Pinterest that are literally perfection…however with two children, ages 5 and 7, that is not going to happen. Even with my leveled expectations I am always a little shocked at the mess. You’ll find icing in places you cannot imagine, and sprinkles everywhere. You may find sprinkles for weeks. However, depending on your patience you can make some pretty awesome cookies and will surprise yourself!

I then remind myself. Take a step back and look around. My kids are having fun, they are being creative and we are together as a family, making holiday traditions. It’s times like these that we cherish and they will remember forever. The mess can always be cleaned up!

Now for the Royal Icing – This is to outline the cookies…

This recipe makes a lot of icing. You can easily frost 40 cookies…

  • 1/2 Cup of Meringue Powder (I used Wilton)
  • 1 Cup of Water; minus 1 Tbsp
  • 2 lbs of powdered sugar (usually its one bag)

Instructions

  • In your stand mixer, put in the Meringue Powder
  • Add in the water, mix until frothy
  • Slowly add in the powdered sugar. Once its all in the bowl, mix on medium for 4-5 minutes. It should form a stiff peak. Once its the right consistency you can separate out into bowls to add the food coloring
  • Put your icing in piping bags! Make sure to put a rubber band around the top so the icing doesn’t come out the wrong end of the bag
  • TIP – When the icing is not in use cover with plastic wrap because it will dry out fast
  • I used Wilton tip #2 and #3 for the outline

Once your cookies are outlined thin it out a bit with water to “flood” the cookies. I would add a tablespoon at a time. To know if your icing is the right consistency to fill in, take a spoon of your icing and let it drip back into the bowl. Count to 15 seconds and if the line goes away at 15 seconds then it is good to go!

Here is the recipes for both the Royal Icing, as well as my Grandmother’s Sugar Cookie recipe from the 1940’s! Yes, a recipe worth holding on to! Something I have cherished my whole life and have passed on to my children!

I hope your kitchen is as messy as mine when you are all done, that’s the sign of a good time 🙂

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