2 Key Ingredients For Baking The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie
Did you know that chocolate chip is the most popular cookie flavor in the United States? For good reason! They combine a scrumptious melt-in-your-mouth texture with a golden brown, slightly crispy top, and melted chocolatey goodness in every bite.
But don’t make the mistake of thinking that all chocolate chip cookies are created equal! There’s plenty of ways to do it wrong, but there’s just one way to do it right.
By incorporating just two key ingredients into your batter, you’ll turn your chocolate chip cookies from “okay” to absolutely divine.
- European Butter
When you go to the store and you pick out butter sticks for baking, sometimes you don’t even get true dairy butter. Some of the sticks we buy at the store – Country Crock is a popular example – are made with vegetable or soybean oil, not milk. This mixture is not as fatty, but it’s also not as spreadable or flavorful.
In many cases, the dairy butter you buy at the store only contains 80 percent butterfat. This means it doesn’t contain as much saturated fat, which reduces the flavor and creaminess.
That’s why when you’re making chocolate chip cookies or any kind of baked dessert, I highly recommend using European butter.
European butter is churned longer to reach at least 82 percent butterfat. The result is a richer, better-tasting spread that will elevate your cookies to a whole new level of smooth deliciousness.
Another great thing about European butter is that it’s not the type of butter shoppers and bakers usually reach for. During the covid 19 pandemic when the grocery stores ran out of unsalted butter, I gave the European style a try. It absolutely changed my outlook on this ingredient. Now I use it all the time to mix up the perfect cookie and buttercream frosting.
- High Quality Chocolate Chips
Chocolate lovers will agree that chips are the most important ingredient in chocolate chip cookies. You don’t want to skimp out on it, meaning you shouldn’t settle for a cheap brand.
To make the best chocolate chip cookies you’ve ever eaten, you must purchase high-quality chocolate chips. Brands like Guittard, Ghiradelli, Valrhona, and Callebaut make their chocolate with a higher ratio of pure cocoa butter, which is what gives it its beautiful shine and that satisfying snap when you break a piece of it. They also melt easily and become perfectly gooey while the cookies bake.
Personally, I recommend using Valrhona Couverture dark chocolate chips or sea salt chocolate chips. It’s made with simple yet high-quality ingredients: cocoa liquor, sugar, cocoa butter, and vanilla. The taste is sweet and rich, and the texture is smooth.
The only downside to Valrhona Couverture is it is quite expensive. It’s also not easy to get: you need to go to a specialty store like Sue La Table or Williams-Sonoma to find it. You should also be aware that it must be tempered before you can use it for things like candy bars or dipping cake pops or fruit.
Guittard and Ghiradelli are a little more affordable, and you can usually find them in your local grocery store.
Conclusion: These Two Simple Ingredients Will Change Your Baking Forever
When it comes to baking, I’ve learned as a professional that spending more money on high-quality ingredients allows me to create the perfect cookie. Use European butter and chocolate with a high ratio of cocoa butter for your next batch, and see for yourself how much better it turns out!