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A Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Worth Trying

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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!
 
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Step 1: Ingredients and Utensils

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Recipe:


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
 
Utensils: 
 
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

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Cream together . . . 

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

Step 4: Mix Dry Ingredients

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Thoroughly mix dry ingredients:

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

Step 5: Add Flour To Sugar Mixture

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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

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

Step 7: Refrigerate

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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

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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

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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

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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!

sunshiine


kbp5558 months ago
Yum!
sunshiine (author)  kbp5557 months ago
Thanks!
sunshiine~

Wow, these look good! :D

sunshiine (author)  nerfrocketeer1 year ago

Aw thanks nerfrockerteer, they were very good. Thanks for checking them out and as always have a super day.

sunshiine

You too! :D
sunshiine (author)  nerfrocketeer1 year ago

Thanks!

If I could eat one thing right now after a heavy Indian Dinner, this would be it :). I bet it is so yummmy :)

+1 haha

sunshiine (author)  hunter9991 year ago

More in the oven after I post this!

Haha, I wish I lived near the Land of Enchantment! :D

sunshiine (author)  hunter9991 year ago

You are close enough! Right out of the oven! They are better after 24 hours as you can see the difference! Enjoy!

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Wow! They are awesome, the chocolate chips melted look so yummy! :D

*stomach rumbles*

Thanks for the (cyber) cookie sunshiine! :-)

sunshiine (author)  hunter9991 year ago

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.

sunshiine

Yeah, I might make these sometime! And I'll be sure to post a picture when I do! (favorited)

sunshiine (author)  hunter9991 year ago

I hope you do! Thanks!

sunshiine

I almost died of temptation ;-)
sunshiine (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya1 year ago

Awesome, I hope you cleaned your monitor first. I will be experimenting with this recipe again and have some ideas! Stay tuned!

sunshiine

Ha ha :)

sunshiine (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya1 year ago
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!
sunshiine
n33r1 year ago

Well i dont know about the cookies ( not allowed to eat eggs :( They look delicious though ) !!

But i loved that milk Mug's design !!! :P

sunshiine (author)  n33r1 year ago

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!

sunshiine

n33r sunshiine1 year ago
That would be great if you can modify recipe :D !!
& mission find that kind of mug has begun, will let you know if any success :P !!!
sunshiine (author)  n33r1 year ago

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!

sunshiine

BayRatt1 year ago

I think I would have eaten the cookie dough before it got to cookies. LOL!

sunshiine (author)  BayRatt1 year ago

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!

sunshiine

lcole51 year ago
What does such a small amount of almond flour do for this recipe?
sunshiine (author)  lcole51 year ago

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!

sunshiine

hunter9991 year ago

Awesome (as always) sunshiine! Keep it up :-)

sunshiine (author)  hunter9991 year ago

Thanks hunter! Have a very w=sweet day!

sunshiine

No problem sunshiine and thanks so much - you are a very kind hearted person :-)

sunshiine (author)  hunter9991 year ago

: )

Oh my lord, I need these!!
sunshiine (author)  jessyratfink1 year ago
They were . . . .
yummy! It is always good to see you swing by with your kitty! Thanks so much for stopping by!
sunshiine