What makes a chocolate chip cookie good?

Precious Pioneer
4 min readFeb 6, 2023
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I want you to close your eyes. Are they closed? No peaking. What comes to mind when you think of a chocolate chip cookie? When you first open the oven, is it the intoxicating smell of caramelized butter and vanilla? Or the warm sensation of holding it in hand, ready to take a bite? Is it the crispy outside, gooey inside that truly captures your attention? The salty notes that dance across your tongue? What about chocolate chip cookies that make them so good that one is never enough, and we reach for another batch?

Many say that our deep attachment to chocolate chip cookies has to do more with our emotional attachment to them. When I think of cookies, I always think of my mom and home, A warm and comfy environment. I’m probably not alone in this regard. What makes these cookies so great is how it makes us nostalgic for childhood memories.

Looking at the structure of chocolate chip cookies, their variety of textures offers many stimulating sensations. A perfect cookie is a slightly crunchy and crisp outside from the crumb’s air pockets. In the center, it’s softer. The chocolate gives us a melty, dense mouthfeel. The caramelized butter, sugar, vanilla, chocolate, and subtle notes of salt offer a balanced flavor profile. The saltiness highlights and enhances the preexisting flavors.

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But what makes for the perfect chocolate chip cookie?

You get what you pay for, and high-quality ingredients equate to a high-quality product. You can taste the difference, and it’s worth it every time. I recommend purchasing high-quality chocolate. Callebaut is an excellent brand from Belgium. American chocolates are notorious for being overly sweet and artificial, with added milk, sugar, and less cocoa.

When deciding on which chocolate to use, choose your favorite kind. Your preference for chocolate makes for the best chocolate chip cookie. May chef like to use milk and dark chocolate blend at an 80/20 ratio. Chocolate variety offers depth between each bite. Others use semisweet dark. It’s entirely up to you and your style; it’s truly subjective.

Chocolate distribution is essential to make a great chocolate chip cookie. If you want pools of chocolate, use chocolate chunks. If you wish uniformity, use chocolate chips. Chefs recommend having two-three chips per bite in a cookie to get the perfect cookie. But, this is subjective. I enjoy chocolate, but I’m not too fond of it when it’s overpowering and is a prominent flavor. I usually use only 50–75% of the recommended chocolate chips in my cookies. But, to help with the distribution, I love using mini chocolate chips because you still get chocolate in each bite, but it’s more balanced between cookie and chocolate. But, for the chocolate aficionados, ignore me, lol.

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What are some essential tips to take your cookies over the top?

  1. Cream your butter and sugar properly: Make sure your butter is at room temperature and add sugar and vanilla. Whip until it’s a fluffy cloud. Sugar creates little holes in the butter, making air pockets that give you the crispy crumb on the ends of your cookies, leaving the overall cookie soft.
  2. Use a little secret spice: Dare to be a bit different. I like to add the tiniest amount of cinnamon and cardamom to my chocolate chip cookies. It’s such a subtle floral note that people adore. Add a pinch of nutmeg, ginger, or whichever spice to enhance your cookies more.
  3. Brown butter is a great option to offer a deeper depth to your cookies.
  4. Use a mixture of brown and granulated sugar: Using both sugars will provide you with the perfect texture in a cookie. You will get a poofed cloud cookie if you only use brown sugar. It’s like eating a pillow. If you only use white sugar, you’ll get more spread in the oven, a thin crisp cookie. Play with your style to achieve the result you’re looking for.
  5. Please take out your cookies on time: Your cookies are done when the edges are brown. It may still look slightly under when you pull them from the oven, but the cookies will continue to cook when cooled.

Chocolate chip cookies are honestly perfect for any occasion. I hope that these tips have helped you. Happy baking!

Precious Pioneer ❤



Precious Pioneer

a young adult trying to tread through rising expenses and climate change. adulting is hardly easy, but I’ll settle for good coffee and a scoop of ice cream.