How to Make the Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie

Choose your chocolate chip cookie style: crispy, chewy or somewhere in between. 

 

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Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies 

Crispy chocolate chip cookies bake longer than the average cookie so they end up brown all over, not just around the edges. Superfine sugar makes for a fine crumb and crisp texture, and vegetable oil helps the batter spread so the cookies come out extra thin.

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Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

The high proportion of brown sugar keeps chewy chocolate chip cookies moist in the middle. Sifting the dry ingredients incorporates air into the batter and helps make the cookies soft. Chilling the dough prevents it from spreading too much in the oven.

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Crispy-Cakey Chocolate Chip Cookies 

A high oven temperature makes crispy-cakey chocolate chip cookies crisp around the edges. The middle stays thick and cakey because the baking time is so short. Getting this texture is easier if you use smaller-sized mounds of dough.

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Cakey Chocolate Chip Cookies

There’s more flour than usual, plus baking powder and baking soda, so cakey chocolate chip cookies end up thick and scone-like. Cake flour and cornstarch give these cookies their cakey texture. The butter in this recipe is only lightly beaten, which helps the cookies puff up.

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