The Ultimate Guide to Chocolate Chip Cookies

Photo Credit: Handle the Heat

Don't you just love science? Well, if you do, you will absolutely love this post from Handle the Heat testing out varieties of baking ingredients in her version of the Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies. Have you ever wondered what would happen to your cookies if you did not chill the dough. How about if you used only baking powder and skipped the baking soda? Every ingredient in baking has a purpose, and these purposes are not always just about flavor. They change the size, the texture, the density and so on.

I don't know how many times I have wanted to make chocolate chip cookies on the spur of the moment and realized that I did not leave my butter out long enough, or I did not have baking soda, or I only had one kind of sugar and the recipe was calling for both! What about those times that you do not have any brown sugar (only white!) - just how will your cookies turn out if you just ignore the brown sugar?

The basic recipe in question is the classic Tollhouse cookie recipe as the 'control' and then all sorts of variations to play around.

The variables that were tested in this fun experiment (that I want to repeat it looks so interesting..yes I am a food dork) :

- Baking powder

- Baking soda

- Baking powder and baking soda

- Melted butter

- Extra flour

-Chilled dough

All these questions (and more) are answered on the Handle the Heat website in this fascinating series on baking and the science of the different ingredients. Head on over to the website link below to 'Handle the Heat' for the full list of ingredients and instructions.

The fun part now begins and you can even do your own experiments to help you learn more about the science of baking.

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