We have some new neighbors who just moved in across the street. I decided to be super neighborly and bake them up some treats. I always like trying out a new twist on a classic recipe. I've been reading a lot about people adding a little cornstarch to their chocolate chip cookies. The corn starch is supposed to create that nice chewy texture and produce a nice puffy cookie. I tried this recipe two different ways. With one, I chilled the dough, the other, straight to the baking sheet.
I honestly didn't notice any difference in either of the methods. I did really like the texture though: nice chewy outside, soft middle. Maybe I'll have to keep making them to perfect the recipe. All in the name of research right? For fun I added in some caramel chips. Oh, and a little sprinkle of sea salt on top. Both add-ins are optional, but I think totally worth it.
Salted Caramel and chocolate chip cookies
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 Tablespoon vanilla
2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1 cup caramel chips
sea salt for sprinkling
Preheat oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat. Stir together flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
With a mixer cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add egg and vanilla and mix completely, scraping the bowl as necessary. Add pre-mixed dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Stir in chocolate and caramel chips.
Using a medium cookie scoop, or a tablespoon, drop rounded balls of dough on prepared cookie sheet. Sprinkle dough with sea salt.
Bake for 8-10 minutes. Tops will still appear light and slightly undone. Do not bake longer than 10 minutes. 9 minutes was perfect in my oven. Allow to cool on baking sheet for about 5 minutes and then transfer to rack to cool completely. Yum!
It's fun to put little twists on cookie recipes. Luckily, this didn't turn out to be a negative experiment. I would definitely make this recipe again. Would be fun to try this with other fun candies or mix-ins. Like I said, I'm willing to keep trying...it's the least I can do for you.