What Makes A Great Cookie?

What Makes A Great Cookie?

Quality ingredients and quality bakeware are probably the two most important elements in making a quality cookie. I’ve noticed a lot of bakers will purchase store brand ingredients like chocolate chips, coconut, oatmeal, raisins, butter and other important cookie ingredients. Think about what you are doing. What would you enjoy more, a cheap store brand chocolate bar or an expensive top brand chocolate bar?By Frank H. Carter
Published: 8/29/2007

Cheap ingredients make a boring cookie. Like everything else in life, you reap what you sow. Why waist your valuable time and energy baking cookies no one will like, not even yourself. You can taste the difference. Cheap tastes cheap and quality taste like quality. When you purchase brand x Oreo knockoff cookies, do they taste as good as the real thing? I don’t think so.

I’m not a cookie chef, but I’ve tasted a lot of really bad cookies in my lifetime. Usually given as a gift from a neighbor with good intentions. During the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays our house fills up with goodies from neighbors and friends. Most of the goodies are cookies. Generally 50% of the cookies we get are not fit for human consumption. Don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful for the thoughtful gift, but let me make a point. If you take the time to follow a tried and proven cookie recipe and use quality ingredients, how much more enjoyment will come out of your gift.

The quality of your baking supplies play a part, although quality ingredients play a big part in delicious cookies. A good quality cookie sheet will give you an evenly baked cookie, unless you didn’t follow the baking instructions. The best cookie sheets are the heavy commercial ½ sheets. Take all your thin cheap cookie sheets and give them a toss in the garbage. You will always have a struggle realizing a perfect cookie from one of those devices.

Some of other devices used in baking cookies may or may not have an effect on the outcome of your cookie. If your time and effort is of any value, quality appliances and accessories can play a big part in an enjoyable baking experience. I don’t want to name names, but KitchenAid by far has the best stand mixer. The 5 quart or 6 quart mixers make mixing ingredients a breeze. They also have a great array of attachments and accessories.

Using a small ice cream scoop to measure out your cookie dough will give you professional looking results. There are many sizes and makes of scoops on the market. Buy a couple of different sizes; you will probably find a use for all the sizes.

Finally, let use put what I’ve said to practice. Again, I may not be a professional chef, but I know my cookies. So if you will follow these simple rules and advise your next batch of cookies should be a success. In fact try this recipe, which by the way is my favorite, and see and taste the results for yourself.

Susie’s Chocolate Chip Cookie

1 3/4 cups butter 1 3/4 cups brown sugar 1 3/4 cups sugar 3 eggs 2 tsp. vanilla

Cream together thoroughly and then add:

3 cups old-fashioned oats 3 1/4 cups flour 2 tsp. salt 1 1/2 tsp. soda 1 cup chocolate chips 1 cup pecan or walnuts 1 cup coconut

To keep your cookie from spreading out too much place the cookie dough in the refrigerator of a couple of hours before baking. I like to make these cookies big. Scoop out by spoonful onto a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 375°. Place the cookie sheet on the middle oven rack. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. All ovens bake a little different so keep an eye on your cookies.

Susie’s web site is all about baking delicious cookies, like the peanut butter cookie recipe and her list of baking supply products. We give you all the kitchen utensils and recipes you will need to be a successful baker.

About the Author – Frank Carter is the husband of the greatest cookie baker known to man. At least he would stake his taste buds on it. He started this web site to share his wife’s wonderfully delicious cookie recipes and her passion for baking.

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