The contest here on instructables have played a huge part in challenging me to think outside the box and try to create different recipes. I have learned so much in the process. It has been this experience that has made me a better cook and it has produced failures along the way. In this case, it started out that way. Many people are making changes in their diets for a lot of different reasons. Modifying favorite recipes can be a good way to transition slowly into the diet of your choice. If I have not made a recipe before I will cut it into half the first time around just in case I don't like it. It has proved to be a good practice. I wanted to try a different chocolate along with the Hershey's and add a few different ingredients to change the flavor. I salted the tops of a few of the cookies with Kosher salt just for the fun of it. We liked it better without the salt but if I had used unsalted butter the Kosher salt might have been pretty tasty. I will make it with unsalted butter next time. 

I purchased Hershey's chocolate chips and modified the recipe on the back of the package because I wanted to try to create a different twist to the recipe using different ingredients. This instructable will share my experience modifying their recipe and some experiences I had  while doing just that.

Let us get started!

Step 1: Ingredients and Utensils


2 1/4 Cups all purpose flour 
1/4 Cup Fine Almond flour
1 teaspoon Kosher salt plus a little extra to sprinkle over the top of the cookies
3/4 cup softened butter ( imported butter is superior for baking because of the flavor and flakier texture.  I could not find any here without driving an hour.) I have heard Trader Joe's sells good butter. Look for imported butter in the frozen food section of a store. 
1/4 Cup Cream cheese 
1/2 Cup Organic pure cane sugar
1 Cup Brown sugar organic would be even better
1 and 1/4 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract ( this makes a big difference in the flavor of the cookie dough.)
2 Large eggs( room temperature ) (farm fresh eggs are superior )
5 Squares of  Ghirardelli Dark
3/4 Package Hersey's Chocolate chips
Pam or parchment paper
Basic utensils such as measuring cups and spoons, mixing bowls, Mixer, spatula, cookie sheet, and oven.

Notes: these cookies are chewy. If you prefer a crisp cookie omit the brown sugar and use regular sugar. Because this recipe was altered from the original recipe I suggest baking two cookies to see how the dough will work for you. Slowly add more flour to the mixture a couple of tablespoons at a time. You need to add enough flour that the cookie mixture will be more like a bread dough (just not quite as dry as bread dough. I hope I explained that well enough.


Step 2: Measure Ingredients

Measure the ingredients and cut the Chiradelli into small chunks a little larger than the chocolate chips.

Step 3: Cream Together

Cream together . . . 

Butter, cane sugar, brown sugar, cream cheese, and vanilla.
Add eggs and mix until creamy.

Step 4: Mix Dry Ingredients

Thoroughly mix dry ingredients:

All purpose flour, almond flour,baking soda,and salt

Step 5: Add Flour to Sugar Mixture

Either by hand or using a mixer, slowly add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture; mixing well.

Step 6: Add Chocolate Chips and Chirardelli

Add chocolate chips and Chirardelli chunks; gently stirring to mix well.

Step 7: Refrigerate

The longer you refrigerate the cookies the better they are. My daughter could not wait 24 hours so we made them in 12. 

Step 8: Drop Dough Onto Cookie Sheet

Pre-Heat Oven to 375 degrees F:

Oil the cookie sheet and drop the cookie dough onto the sheet at least 2 inches apart.
Bake approximately 10-12 minutes or until the edges begin to brown. Careful not to over bake them as they will 
continue to cook when you remove them from the oven. 

Step 9: Modifications to Recipe

Oh no! They did not turn out what do I do?

My first batch was very runny and a total disaster. They were very flat and over cooked.
When I made the batter I kind of thought it was too much like cake batter, but decided to bake a small batch anyway. 
After seeing the results I decided to make 2 cookies by adding 1 1/2 teaspoons of regular flour to the mixture. I baked the two and they turned out perfect. I then added 1/4 cup of regular flour to the rest of the batter and it was the perfect solution. Using different flours can change the texture of the batter. I suggest when you modify a recipe;  bake a couple of cookies at a time to see how well they bake. I decided to use regular flour to the mixture because that is what the original recipe called for. Almond flour is not a true flour but rather a nut flour which is much courser than regular all purpose flour. That is why I chose to add  1/4th cup to the original recipe reducing the regular flour by 1/4th cup. 

I changed the measurements to the ingredients page and wanted to mention altitude can be a factor in recipes. If your first 2 samples of  using 2 1/4 cups of all purpose flour and 1/4 cup of almond flour does not bake up nicely; then slowly add a couple of tablespoons of regular flour at a time  and baking 2 cookies at a time until you get the desired results. I say this because I had already baked 11 cookies before adding more flour.


Step 10: Sunshiine's Final Thoughts

If by adding flour to this mixture had not worked ; I think I might have added some Crisco  to try and correct the problem because fat can make a big difference as well.

All of us liked this recipe. It was a chewy chocolatey cookie. I enjoyed tweaking an original recipe and the experience of correcting the batter to achieve a great tasting cookie! I hope you like this recipe as much as we did.

I wish to thank Instructables, our sponsors, contributors, and all my visitors for making this a great place to share. Thanks for stopping by and do have a safe and happy day!


<p>They are good! so is your sense of humor!</p>
<p>Hello Lovetra,Thanks for the compliment~ and for stopping by~ Hope your spring is filled with wonderful surprises~ </p><p>sunshiine~</p>
<p>Wow, these look good! :D</p>
<p>Aw thanks nerfrockerteer, they were very good. Thanks for checking them out and as always have a super day.</p><p>sunshiine</p>
You too! :D
<p>If I could eat one thing right now after a heavy Indian Dinner, this would be it :). I bet it is so yummmy :)</p>
<p>+1 haha</p>
<p>More in the oven after I post this!</p>
<p>Haha, I wish I lived near the Land of Enchantment! :D</p>
<p>You are close enough! Right out of the oven! They are better after 24 hours as you can see the difference! Enjoy!</p>
<p>Wow! They are awesome, the chocolate chips melted look so yummy! :D</p><p>*stomach rumbles*</p><p>Thanks for the (cyber) <a rel="nofollow">cookie</a> sunshiine! :-)</p>
<p>They were the best after 24 hours but it is hard to wait to bake them. Making 2 batches is the best way then you get nice fluffy ones that melt in your mouth! Glad you liked the cyber cookie. </p><p>sunshiine</p>
<p>Yeah, I might make these sometime! And I'll be sure to post a picture when I do! (favorited)</p>
<p>I hope you do! Thanks! </p><p>sunshiine</p>
I almost died of temptation ;-)
<p>Awesome, I hope you cleaned your monitor first. I will be experimenting with this recipe again and have some ideas! Stay tuned! </p><p>sunshiine</p>
<p>Ha ha :)</p>
Guess what! I have been waiting to bake more to give the batter more time to soak up all the goodness. I am baking them after I post this, come on over but you better be quick they won't last long! <br>sunshiine
<p>Well i dont know about the cookies ( not allowed to eat eggs :( They look delicious though ) !!</p><p>But i loved that milk Mug's design !!! :P</p>
<p>Thanks . . . i guess I should modify this recipe so you can try them! The mug belongs to my daughter whom I am visiting. My hubby wanted me to bring it home after seeing the picture but I told him our daughter probably would not part with it. I thought it was the perfect mug for these cookies. thanks so much for commenting and I hope you find you a perfect mug!</p><p>sunshiine</p>
That would be great if you can modify recipe :D !!<br>&amp; mission find that kind of mug has begun, will let you know if any success :P !!!
<p>I will be playing around with it again, I will probably work on it more when I get back home. Are eggs the only thing you can't eat from this recipe? Thanks for sharing!</p><p>sunshiine</p>
<p>I think I would have eaten the cookie dough before it got to cookies. LOL! </p>
<p>I actually did that and it was very good. I did not eat a lot because of the raw egg, I am not that brave. Thanks for sharing and I hope you night shines!</p><p>sunshiine</p>
What does such a small amount of almond flour do for this recipe?
<p>The purpose was to experiment using that flour because I had not used it before. I wanted to create a nutty flavor without adding chopped nuts. We did not notice the nutty flavor but I have used a small amount of coconut flour in a recipe and it was perfect for the recipe. The next time I will increase the amount of almond flour and reduce the regular flour and try to alter the recipe so I won't need to add regular flour. Unique flours are tricky to use when altering recipes or at least that has been my experience. I am learning along the way. Thanks for commenting and do have a great day!</p><p>sunshiine</p>
<p>Awesome (as always) sunshiine! Keep it up :-)</p>
<p>Thanks hunter! Have a very w=sweet day!</p><p>sunshiine</p>
<p>No problem sunshiine and thanks so much - you are a very kind hearted person :-)</p>
<p>: )</p>
Oh my lord, I need these!!
They were . . . .<br>yummy! It is always good to see you swing by with your kitty! Thanks so much for stopping by! <br>sunshiine

About This Instructable




Bio: I am married with two children. Spring, summer, and fall are my very favorite times of the year. I love the sunshine thus the reason ... More »
More by sunshiine:Pre Made Breakfast Ideas and Tips  Non Hybridized Einkorn Ancient Bread  Embroider a Dandelion Greeting Card 
Add instructable to: