American Cookies Delight

Ingredients

Main Ingredients

  • Butter - 170 grams (6 ounces) at room temperature
  • White sugar - 120 grams (4.5 ounces)
  • Brown sugar - 120 grams (4.5 ounces)
  • Flour - 300 grams (10.5 ounces)
  • Eggs - 2
  • Baking powder - 8 grams (0.3 ounces)
  • Vanilla extract - to taste
  • Salt - 0.5 teaspoon
  • Chocolate - 250 grams (9 ounces), chopped

Equipment

  • Mixing Bowl

    A large mixing bowl is essential for combining all your ingredients. Make sure it's big enough to accommodate all the dough without spilling.

  • Electric Mixer

    Using an electric mixer or hand mixer will help you achieve a light and fluffy texture when creaming the butter and sugars together.

  • Spatula

    A spatula is great for scraping down the sides of the bowl and folding in the chocolate chunks.

  • Baking Sheet

    Ensure you have a good-quality baking sheet to bake your cookies evenly. Non-stick or lined with parchment paper works best.

  • Cooling Rack

    Transfer your cookies to a cooling rack once they're out of the oven to prevent over-baking and to allow them to cool down efficiently.

Instructions

Step 1

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F).
Ensure butter and eggs are at room temperature.

Step 2

Making the Dough

Beat the butter and both sugars until light and fluffy.
Add the eggs and mix well.
Incorporate the vanilla extract, baking powder, and flour into the mixture. Mix until combined.

Step 3

Adding Chocolate

Chop the chocolate into small pieces or use chocolate chips.
Fold the chocolate into the dough.

Step 4

Baking

Form the dough into cookies and place them on a baking sheet.
Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Servings

Imagine biting into one of these freshly baked cookies, still warm from the oven, with gooey chocolate chunks melting in your mouth... 😋 Pure bliss! But it doesn't end there. Here are some delightful ways to serve these cookies to make every moment an indulgence:

**Pair with Ice Cream**: 🍨 Turn your cookies into irresistible ice cream sandwiches. Just grab your favorite ice cream flavor and sandwich it between two cookies. Freeze for an extra treat.

**Dunk in Milk**: 🥛 Classic and timeless—serve your cookies with a tall glass of cold milk. The combination is unbeatable, especially when the cookies are warm!

**Crumbled over Dessert**: 🍰 Crumble your cookies over a bowl of creamy yogurt, a fruit salad, or even on top of a slice of cake for added crunch and flavor.

**Cookie Parfaits**: 🍫 Layer broken cookies, whipped cream, and berries or chocolate pudding for a beautiful and tasty parfait.

**Gifting**: 🎁 Pack these cookies in a decorative box or jar and share the love with friends and family. Perfect for holidays, birthdays, or just because.

Variations

Whether you're catering to dietary restrictions or simply looking for a healthier twist, these cookie variations have got you covered:

**Gluten-Free Variation**: 🌾 Swap out regular flour with a gluten-free flour blend. Make sure the blend includes xanthan gum to help with texture and elasticity.

**Vegan Variation**: 🌱 Use a plant-based butter substitute and replace the eggs with flax eggs (1 tablespoon ground flaxseed mixed with 3 tablespoons of water per egg). Opt for vegan chocolate chunks to ensure the cookies are entirely dairy-free.

Faq

  • How do I know when the cookies are done?

    The cookies are done when they are golden brown around the edges but still slightly soft in the center. They will continue to cook slightly from the residual heat after being removed from the oven.

  • Can I freeze the cookie dough?

    Absolutely! Roll the dough into balls and place them on a baking sheet to freeze. Once solid, transfer to a ziplock bag. You can bake them straight from the freezer, just add a few extra minutes to the baking time.

  • How can I make the cookies extra chewy?

    For chewier cookies, you can add an extra egg yolk to the dough. Also, make sure not to overbake them; they should be slightly underdone when you take them out of the oven.

  • Can I add nuts to this recipe?

    Yes, adding nuts like chopped walnuts or pecans can add a delightful crunch. Simply fold them in along with the chocolate chunks.

  • How do I store these cookies to keep them fresh?

    Store your cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. You can also keep them in the refrigerator for longer freshness. If you prefer, you can freeze baked cookies for up to 3 months.

  • Can I use this dough to make a cookie cake?

    Yes, you can press the dough into a lined cake pan to create a cookie cake. Bake it at the same temperature, but keep an eye on it, as it may require a little longer baking time.

Nutrition facts

American Cookies Delight
Recipe Yield:24 cookies
Calories:Approximately 135 calories per cookie
Calories (Min - Max):120 - 150
Total Fat:7g
Saturated Fat:4.5g
Protein:2g
Total Carbohydrate:18g
Total Sugars:10g