There was a time in my life when cookies didn’t do all that much for me. And then I had my third son and something clicked and all of a sudden I was ADDICTED to cookies. I don’t know what caused it but I was hooked and still am.
So a few years ago I started doing some research and experimenting to discover how to make The Perfect Cookie.
I have to admit. I am a Cookie Snob. I like my cookies a certain way. Soft and chewy, not too cakey, not to crunchy. So I have practiced and discovered what I believe is the way to make perfect cookies.
Now, these tips aren’t fool proof. There are days when my cookies don’t turn out just how I want them, but for the most part I think these tricks work like a charm.
How to Make the Perfect Cookie:
Tip #1: Use butter, not margarine, unless explicitly stated otherwise in the recipe. There are definitely some recipes that need margarine (it will affect how the cookies spread while they bake), but if you are given the choice, choose butter.
Tip #2: Melt the butter to a liquid or close to it. Then poor it in with your sugars and mix. This will help dissolve the sugar grains. It’s a subtle difference, but it does make a difference. I tried baking both ways just to see and yes, they are softer with the butter melted.
Tip #3: Double the vanilla. Unless your recipe calls for a large amount of vanilla already, double it. My best recipe calls for 1 tablespoon of vanilla. I wouldn’t double that, but if it calls for just 1 teaspoon I usually do at least 1 1/2 or 2 teaspoons.
Tip #4: This is the riskiest. You have to be a little brave to try this one. But it’s also the best tip. Add milk. I add about 1/8 or 1/4 cup of milk to all of my cookie dough. This will increase the softness and the chewiness. BUT, you are going to need to up the flour amount accordingly (about the same increase in flour as you added in milk.) I say this is risky because you need to be sure that you don’t get your dough too runny. See tip #5.
Tip #5: Add just enough flour that your dough is thick enough to ball but not much thicker. Otherwise you get cakey cookies.
Tip #6: Find the magic cook time on YOUR oven for each variety of cookies you make. On these cookies and these cookies I know that I need them in for EXACTLY 9 minutes. I’ve tested it and that’s the best time frame. So I always stick to that.
Now, don’t get mad at me if any of these tips fail for you. I told you, you need to practice and test things out a little. Each cookie recipe is different, so you need to test them. But, when you get it right, with these tips you will get it REALLY right.
My Top 3 Favorite Cookie Recipes: (all 3 have the same base, but different add ins)