Though I’m usually the person that says there can never be too much chocolate, my favorite cookie is not a chocolate sandwich cookie, nor a double chocolate cookie, not a chocolate crinkle cookie. My favorite cookie is the classic, tried and true chocolate chip cookie – a basic cookie dough with chips (or better yet, chunks) of chocolate throughout. Despite this cookie being the classic, most popular cookie around there is not one single version of the cookie. Some versions are cake-y, some are dense and chewy, some are brittle and crispy. I harbor no ill will to any of these varieties of chocolate chip cookie, but my choice (if given a choice, which to choose amongst chocolate chip cookies might be my own version of Sophie’s Choice) is for a dense cookie that has a slight crisp to the edges, but a chewy center.
If you understand the ingredients of the cookie and what it does for the final result, you can customize how you make your cookies and hopefully make it the same way every time. For consistency, the first tip is to measure your ingredients properly. Weighing ingredients is the most accurate method and ensures you will add the same amount every time. If you don’t have a weigh scale, you can spoon your flour and sugar into a volume measure and then level it off with a butter knife – don’t scoop the flour because you’ll compress the flour and end up adding more than you need to. Flour forms the structure of your cookie, so it’s important to measure it correctly. Weigh your ingredients and you’ll be on your way to consistent results.