Do You Know What Keeps Your Chocolate Chip Cookies from Getting Better?

What’s the secret ingredient for making softbatch chocolate chip cookies? One must continue reading in order to find out! First of all, what are softbatch cookies? Softbatch cookies are exactly what they sound like; they are cookies made with a special ingredient that makes them extra soft. For some, that special ingredient could be butter, but for this particular softbatch chocolate chip cookie recipe, it is actually something else. By means of a hint or two, this secret ingredient is extra smooth, extra creamy, and even more buttery than butter, if that is possible.

Give up? That special softening ingredient is cream cheese, pure and simple, and only the regular Philadelphia cream cheese will do. Light cream cheese, as well as whipped and fat-free cream cheeses will not work with this cookie recipe because they cause the cookie dough to become runny. Regular cream cheese, either from a block or a container, will work best. The trick is to combine the cream cheese with the butter as you are mixing the wet ingredients together – a half and half combination (half a cup of butter and half a cup of cream cheese) seems to work best. Strangely enough, the taster won’t even be able to detect any cream cheese when sampling the end result, but the chocolate chip cookies will definitely taste fluffier, creamier, and more delicious than ever.

This is much more than just a chocolate chip cookie recipe, it’s actually a chocolate chunk recipe because the chocolate pieces are so large. Another trick to use while making this dessert recipe is to chill the dough for at least two hours before baking the cookies, or even overnight. This will firm up the dough to an optimum texture so that when you drop the cookies on a pan and put them in the oven, they will retain their fluffy, puffed-up texture. The best time of all to eat these super-soft chocolate chunk cookies is approximately ten minutes after they come out of the oven. Of course, this is not always possible, but it is very much desirable. This is when these creamy chocolate chip cookies will be at their very best – they will not be too hot or mushy, but they will still be warm and soft yet firm enough to handle, and the chocolate chunks will have melted to perfection. Another great time to savour these softbatch cookies is in the afternoon as a snack with a glass of milk or a cup of tea. Hot chocolate would be another wonderful hot drink to accompany this tasty treat because the heat will help melt the chocolate as it is eaten and they will taste very good together.

This recipe is from the “Averie Cooks” food blog, created by Averie Sunshine. What started out as a hobby in 2009 is now her greatest passion as well as a full time job. Averie posts a new recipe three times a week – on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. With this dedicated schedule, it can be fun to drop in to see what she is cooking and try out the latest. It can be a wonderful way to keep building the family’s menu, one recipe at a time. The focus of Averie’s recipes is on flavour, efficiency, and cost. Most of them take less than thirty minutes to cook, which is a great bonus for those with a very hectic schedule. Averie has even won awards for her blog and has published her work in several publications, including Glamour, Gourmet Live, and Better Homes and Gardens.

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