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I am gettin quiet frustrated so I hope someone here can help me.   I recall growin up makin CCC from scratch usin the basic recipe on the back of the chocolate chip package.  I recall them b
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Need help with chocolate chip cookies

posted at 12/28/2013 10:12 PM EST
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I am gettin quiet frustrated so I hope someone here can help me.  

I recall growin up makin CCC from scratch usin the basic recipe on the back of the chocolate chip package.  I recall them bein ooey gooey and just so yummy when they came out fresh 'n hot from the oven.  As I got older and had less 'n less time to make homemade I would get the pre-made cookies in the cooler section.  Break them apart and cook was all you had to do and in 10 min time you had fresh hot cookies.

While the break apart cookies are fast and pretty good, they where not the ooey gooey homemade ones.  Recently I have been wanting some homemade cookies and so I got all the ingredients and made them.  However, I was severly disappointed when they came out instead of being ooey gooey they were more cakey.  So I tried again and got the same results.  My sister made some at her house and she also got cakey cookies.  I asked on my FB if anyone there had any ideas or reciepes that would give me the cookie I desired.  I also looked at alot of receipes online.  

The best answer that anyone could give me was that in days past you had to sift flour and the flour we buy now is pre-sifted.  In a few of the recipies some had more sugar and less baking soda.  While I couldn't do anything about changing the flour (not sure if you can even buy non sifted flour now), I did the only two changes I could and that was to up the sugar, both white and brown, as well as to cut the baking soda down from 1 tsp to 1/2 tsp.

No change, they still came out cakey.  I am out of ideas, but I so want some delicious ooey gooey chocolate chip cookies.  

Here are some information and ideas of what I tried or thought of:
I still live in the general vicintiy as I did growin up (southern California), so altitude is not the problem.
Since both my sister and myself both made cookies (at our own houses) that came out cakey I don't see the oven as being the problem
On the first attempt I did refrigerate before using, the following two I did not.
I mixed the dough by hand and not with a mixer.

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Re: Need help with chocolate chip cookies

posted at 12/29/2013 7:31 AM EST
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First: 6/23/2010
Last: 4/17/2014
I use the recipe from the back of the cc  bag, but I add a "glob" of extra flour.  I always get great, chewy, chewy cookies.
I use butter instead of margarine or shortening and that's supposed to make a flat, more crisp cookie.
But I still get the very chewy cookies I want.

Good luck, Cali -- we're glad to see you on VBB.  Other people will be here soon to answer you question.

Re: Need help with chocolate chip cookies

posted at 12/29/2013 10:43 AM EST
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First: 10/6/2010
Last: 4/15/2014
The flour that you have in a bag or canister becomes compacted so if you just scoop a cup full of flour and even it off you do get several ounces more than if you lightly "fluff" it into the cup.  This can mean quite a bit more flour  in the whole recipe.  That could account for more cakey cookies. 
Using margarine rather than butter will result in a cakier cookie. 
Using more white sugar than brown will result in a crisper cookie, brown sugar has more moisture than white so a cookie with a bit more brown sugar can be a bit softer. 

Refrigerating the dough for a while allows the flour to rehydrate and it also firms the fat used so that the cooke bakes much nicer, it does not melt before it begins to set when you put it in the oven. 

Nancy, "our" cookie diva/queen/goddess will have lots more hints and tips for you.

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