Revisiting a Classic – Chocolate Chip Cookies

November 4th, 2011 by Beth Somers

Some things are timeless – Elvis Presley, the smell of dryer sheets, and traditional chocolate chip cookies. These are a few of the things that I’ll love forever, but there’s always room for change and improvement. I mean, there are actually some really great covers of Elvis tunes out there! But about those cookies…

The Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe from Wilton.com is a beloved recipe that has been around a long time. Over the last couple of years I’ve noticed that the recipe had become little tricky, yielding cookies that tasted delicious but baked out very flat and greasy, possibly due to changes in ingredients. A few people commented that they were experiencing the same problem with the recipe, so I got to work in the Test Kitchen.

I was determined to add some height back into my chocolate chip cookies, and I’m happy to say that the new and improved Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe bakes up into gorgeous cookies with bumpy tops, barely able to contain the chocolate chips inside.

Check out the before and after pics, and let us know what you think of the new Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe – I hope that you like it! Don’t forget to check our website for other delicious cookie recipes.

Chocolate Chip Cookies Before & After

Here are some general cookie-baking pointers:

  • The temperature of butter plays a huge roll in how your baked cookies will look. Butter needs to be softened so that your mixer can smoothly and evenly incorporate it with sugar, but there is a difference between “softened” and “room temperature,” especially if you keep your thermostat at balmy temperatures. Let your butter sit out for a half hour or so before beginning your dough. When you can indent the dough with your thumb with only slight resistance, it’s ready to go. If you can push your thumb right through it with no force, it’s too warm. Warm butter will incorporate less air when mixed with sugar, so your cookies might be a little denser in texture. Warm butter will also cause your cookies to spread more in the oven.
  • When you take your butter out of the fridge to soften, take out your egg(s), too. Adding cold eggs to butter will cause it to solidify into chunks, making the mixture look curdled. The mix isn’t actually curdled at that point. It’s okay to proceed, but the butter chunks don’t incorporate as fully into the dough, and that makes for a less delicious cookie.
  • Too much sugar can also cause overspreading.
  • Parchment paper is a handy way to keep your pans clean while baking, and helps to cut down on the number of cookie sheets you’ll need to use.
  • Using a cookie scoop to portion dough is super fast and ensures that your cookies will all bake to the same size in the same amount of time. It’s also a great way to store dough in the freezer – mix up a batch, portion it with a cookie scoop, and freeze. That way you can pull out one or two balls of dough for a freshly-baked treat whenever you want!
  • Follow recipe instructions for preheating the oven and for bake time. Since oven temperatures can fluctuate a lot, check your first pan of cookies at the low end of the baking time. Edges of the cookies should be golden. If you like a crunchier cookie, bake for a little longer. If your cookies are burning at the low end of the bake time, check your oven temperature with an oven thermometer to make sure that it isn’t running hot.
  • Follow the cooling time given in the recipe, and get the cookies off of the hot pan and onto a cooling rack accordingly. Those chocolate chips can really get stuck to your pans if they’re left to cool too long, and there’s nothing sadder than a lost chocolate chip.
Beth Somers Beth Somers is the Senior Test Kitchen Manager and has taught at the internationally acclaimed Wilton School of Cake Decorating and Confectionery Art in Darien, IL. As a competitor on the Food Network's Cupcake Wars, she shined as a champion during season 6. Before joining Wilton, Beth honed her pastry skills at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Chicago. Beth loves showing people how fun and easy it can be to bake and decorate amazing sweet treats with Wilton products.

6 Replies

  1. Alison says:

    These are some great tips Beth! I’ve definitely noticed the effect a cold egg will have when mixed with the butter. Thanks for your insight and tips. I will share them with my community.

  2. SUE GILGUN says:

    Can’t find a “new & improved” recipe. The only choc chip recipe I saw must be the old one, as everyone commented how flat they were. What am I missing?? thanks

  3. Jan says:

    There is no link to the “New and Improved” recipe. Please title the new one clearly.

  4. Virginia Senyk says:

    I just read the revised chocolate chip cookie recipe. Vanilla extract is mentioned in the ingredient list. But it’s eenot mentioned again when making up the dough! Is this dough suitable for making the ice cream cookie bowls?

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