A warm, freshly-baked batch of cookies is one of life’s simplest but greatest pleasures, their soft and oozy centres whispering sweet nothings about the puddles of melted chocolate sheathed within.
Unsurprisingly, baking cookies is a hobby in itself with the very activity as comforting as the delicious end-result. Gathered here are the best recipes to prove it, from classic chocolate-chip to a brown butter rendition; triple melted chocolate brookies to Pinterest-friendly red velvet crinkle cookies; and everything in between. Bookmark this post for whenever you’re in need of creative inspiration or direction!
Collated with the inputs of fellow cookie monsters, here are a few tips to make you into a better cookie baker.
- Ensure the butter and eggs are at room temperature in order for them to emulsify better, lending to a smoother, more uniform texture.
- Adding cornstarch sometimes helps the cookies stay thick and soft.
- Do not over-mix cookie dough: you don’t want too much air in the dough, which could cause it to collapse while baking.
- Freezing the cookie dough ensures that you get a nice thick cookie which doesn’t spread too much while baking. It also helps enhance the flavour. If the recipe asks you to chill the dough, then chill the dough!
- Make sure you don’t over-bake: cookies bake once they are out of the oven as well, so don’t worry if they appear soft when you touch them in the oven.
- If baking two batches, never place dough on a hot cookie tray- wait for it to cool before you scoop it on.
Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
There are chocolate-chip cookies and then are brown butter chocolate chip cookies, set apart by a toasty flavour reminiscent of smooth caramel and warm hazelnuts. As far as cookies go, these tick all the right boxes with crisp (but not too crisp) edges encircling soft, chewy and marvellously-moist middles. This could very well be the only chocolate-chip cookie recipe you will ever need.
Classic (Eggless) CHOCOLATE-CHIP COOKIES
Of course if dietary or other restrictions limit your use of eggs, here’s a classic chocolate chip recipe instead – so delicious you won’t believe it’s eggless!
These mudslide cookies are the results of my humble attempt to recreate Levain Bakery-esque cookies at home (if you know, you know). Thick and chunky, intensely-rich and chocolatey, these cookies are a labour of love, baked with melted dark chocolate, cacao powder and of course, bittersweet chocolate chips!
If you’ve ever had a tough time deciding between brownies or cookies, you’re going to love these brookies. Shiny crinkled tops, fudgy centres and just that right dash of gooeyness – these brownie-cookies are really are as ridiculously-delicious as you’d expect them to be.
RED VELVET CRINKLE COOKIES
For a not-so-chocolatey treat, try these soft and fudgy Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies. Startlingly-simple to make, they’re oh-so-very Pinterest-friendly and also make great gifts!
NUTELLA BURST COOKIES
The only thing better than freshly-baked cookies? Freshly-baked cookies stuffed with Nutella of course!
DARK CHOCOLATE SALTED PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES
These gloriously-golden edged cookies are equal parts sweet and salty, with all the craveable creaminess of peanut butter and gooeyness of melted chocolate chips!
BANANA, PEANUT BUTTER & CHOCOLATE-CHIP OATMEAL COOKIES
Bananary, peanut buttery and chocolatey, with a craveable crunch of roasted hazelnuts… Made with just five simple ingredients, these deliciously-easy cookies are perfect for keeping your little ones occupied in the kitchen and nourished at the same time. You can also experiment with swapping in different nut butters or folding in other add-ins from raisins and dried cranberries to chopped walnuts!
The best part? These cookies are nothing short of versatile, doubling as a healthy breakfast and the perfect fix for your sweet or snacky cravings to curb that rumbling tummy!
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