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I’ve been baking since I had to use a stool to reach the stovetop, and I can only assume the first ting I helped bake was the Nestlé® Toll House® Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. It’s prolific, it’s easy and it’s on the back of every bag of chocolate chips that passed through my mother’s kitchen. (My mom has some SERIOUS brand loyalty. I still feel guilty purchasing Ghirardelli brand morsels.)
Seven Ways to Dress Up Your Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
1. Add flaky sea salt (like this Maldon, good on EVERYTHING) to the top right after you pull them out of the oven. Adds a hit of salt and a bit of crunch. (DO NOT use regular table salt. That’s too much and real gross.)
2. Cut a marshmallow in half and press it cut side down into the top of each ball of cookie dough before baking. The marshmallow melts into the top of the cookie, and it’s delightful. Like a chocolate chip cookie s’more! (Watch carefully towards the end of baking – the marshmallow can burn PDQ if you’re not vigilant. Put a piece of aluminum foil over the top if they’re browning too quickly for your taste.)
3. Replace half of the semisweet chocolate chips with white chocolate chips. Or you could add a cup of white chips to the regular amount of chocolate chips, I’m not judging how much chocolate is in your cookies.
4. Roll each ball of dough in sugar before baking. It gives this delightful crunch to the outside of the cookie, like a snickerdoodle mashed with a chocolate chip cookie.
5. After the cookies cool, dip half in chocolate. (White chocolate is my favorite.) It’s delicious, and you can put sprinkles or chocolate chips on it before it sets! Melt yourself some candy melts in colors to coordinate with your party decorations/theme and fancify those cookies without too much extra effort.
6. Add chopped pralines. The yearn for the crunch of nuts in this cookie is often satisfied by adding walnuts, but pralines takes your cookie game up a notch. Chop them not too finely, but leaving them whole is a bit too big. Shoot for somewhere in between.
7. Replace half the semisweet chocolate chips with peanut butter chips. I know this SEEMS like the same as #3, but it’s really not. Peanut butter and chocolate is a whole different animal. A tasty tasty one.
I always fuss around with recipes when I am baking and cooking, and it doesn’t always end well! But when it does, I’ll make sure to write them down so I can share them with y’all.