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Perfecting the Chocolate Chip Cookie

May 9, 2011

I’ve spent many years of my life obsessed with making (what I believe) is the perfect chocolate chip cookie. I had a picture in my mind of what this perfect cookie looked like – soft, chewy, puffy with texture (not flat!), sweet, but a little savory too. And I’d stop at nothing to get it that way.

I tried everything – changing the oven temperature; more baking powder; less baking soda; hundreds of recipes; Crisco instead of butter; semi-sweet chips; milk chocolate chips; refrigerating the dough; using vanilla pudding; you name it, I tried it. Yet still, nothing I baked came close to what I considered the perfect cookie. …

Interested in reading more and learning how this relates to my writing (of all things)? I’m guesting at Shari Lopatin: Rogue Writer today. Follow me there to read the rest!

11 Comments leave one →
  1. May 9, 2011 8:41 am

    My secret to “my” perfect chocolate chip cookie (it’s different for everyone, I think) is Crisco & way more flour than you think you need. Puffy & soft in the middle, with just the right crunch on the outside!

    • Leah permalink*
      May 9, 2011 10:53 pm

      You know what? I saw your recipe when you posted it a few weeks ago and actually printed it out to try! I knew the Crisco may have something to do with it. I am definitely making your version soon! It’s on my fridge ready to be baked.

  2. Lorena permalink
    May 9, 2011 10:09 am

    Funny you should blog about chocolate chip cookies today — I baked oatmeal chocolate chip and walnut cookies yesterday. It had been a loooong time since I baked anything sweet (bread and muffins don’t count in my book), and I just had a craving that needed to be satisfied…

    • Leah permalink*
      May 9, 2011 10:51 pm

      If you feel like sharing, come find me.

  3. May 9, 2011 10:43 am

    Congrats on appearing on the Rogue Writer blog, I read that and enjoy that blog as well. maybe I found it through you?

    Anyhow, I, too have struggled with perfecting the choc chip cookie and as I’m not much of a baker (the whole precise measuring thing gets me every time!) I have basically given up and will just eat (but enjoy) my flat cookies that sometimes fall apart. I like the metaphor and think that too often we *Moms* put too much pressure on ourselves to be perfect – and instead we miss out on the every day things that while not perfect, are lovely and really define our lives. If we waited for everything to be fully ready, nothing would really ever get done! Things can always be tweaked, improved but sometimes good enough is just perfect.

    Happy cookie eating/writing!


    • Leah permalink*
      May 9, 2011 10:50 pm

      Thanks so much for you nice comment. You are so right — this lesson in perfection can go beyond cookies and writing to motherhood. So many times I’ve tried to be in a perfect moment, which it doesn’t really exist. It’s a lesson I’m learning (still learning) in motherhood too.

  4. May 9, 2011 4:17 pm

    I want your recipe! No, really! 🙂
    (and I’ll be glad to trade!)

    • Leah permalink*
      May 9, 2011 10:49 pm

      It’s so funny the response I received to that post! Everyone wants my recipes or wants to send me one, which I’m happy to take. I’ll work on a follow-up blog post with some successful recipes I’ve tried.

  5. May 10, 2011 3:36 am

    Popped in from SITS to say hi! I’m the same way with certain dishes, like macaroni cheese or cinnamon rolls. And pie. I spent two years perfecting my pecan pie!

  6. May 10, 2011 7:35 am

    Hi Leah, you need to read this book …. and congrats on guesting on Shari’s blog
    even thou it talks about modern motherhood, but I am pretty sure we can apply it to writing, baking and whatever else we need to. 🙂


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