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How To Bake the Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

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10 Tips for Baking the Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

With a crispy edge and perfectly chewy center, our classic chocolate chip cookie at COOKIE… Take a Bite! is an all-time favorite for good reason! 

If you have ever wondered, “What is the secret to the best chocolate chip cookie?”, this guide is for you! Read on for ten baking tips for making the perfect chocolate chip cookie every time!

1. Use Quality Ingredients

The secret to the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe starts with the quality of ingredients you use. For richer tasting cookies, use butter that has higher fat content (i.e. less water). Quality chocolate chips or chocolate chunks will help add that gooey, melty goodness everyone loves.

Buying from a local source can help ensure you are using the freshest ingredients available, simply because they didn’t need to travel very far from the producer to your kitchen. At COOKIE… Take a Bite! our cookies are handmade with fresh ingredients that are sourced locally in Sonoma County. 

Learn more about the local vendors we work with to get the best seasonal ingredients for our gourmet cookie recipes.

2. Use Room Temperature Butter

Allow your butter to sit out so it isn’t too cold when you mix it into your dough. This makes it easier to incorporate and adds a little air to the batter for better texture in every bite.

3. Slowly Add Your Eggs

Adding your eggs too quickly won’t allow them to incorporate into the dough evenly and will result in more dense cookies.  Whisking your eggs ahead of time and slowly adding them into your cookie batter will make it easier to evenly disperse the liquid fat. 

4. Use Real Vanilla Extract

Using pure vanilla extract in your chocolate chip cookies will give them a fully-infused, rich flavor. The flavor from cheaper versions will permeate your cookies with an artificial or weird chemically aftertaste. If you don’t have real vanilla extract, it is better to leave it out altogether instead of settling for the imitation stuff. 

5. Sift Dry Ingredients 

Flour’s gluten strands get tough the more you mix them, so you want to reduce the amount of time it takes you to incorporate it into your cookie batter. Sifting all your dry ingredients beforehand makes them easier to mix with your wet ingredients so you don’t overmix.

6. Use an Ice Cream Scoop

The simplest way to bake perfectly round and uniform chocolate chip cookies is to scoop your batter with an ice cream scoop! 

Take an inside look at the essential cookie baking tools we use every day to make all our fresh organic cookies in our previous blog post.

7. Let Your Dough Rest

The perfect chocolate chip cookie is never rushed! Let your cookie dough rest before baking by placing it in the refrigerator for an hour. You can also store your dough overnight, but make sure to wrap in cellophane so it doesn’t get crusty. 

Your cookie dough can even be frozen and popped in the oven to bake straight from the freezer. This is a great method for making larger batches of dough to have on hand, so you can bake chocolate chip cookies whenever you want!

8. Top With a Pinch of Salt

Add a little pinch of salt on top of your chocolate chip cookie before putting them in the oven to bake. This baking tip helps bring out all the flavors in your cookie. 

9. Experiment

Get creative and have some fun in the kitchen! Try baking your cookies at different temperatures, using different recipes, and finding your own special ingredient for your very own perfect chocolate chip cookie. Just try not to eat all the dough before you start baking!

10. Share Them!

Baking is about the joy of creating something with your own hands and sharing it with those you love! Besides, what’s the point of finding the secret to the perfect chocolate chip cookie if you can’t show it off?

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All our gourmet cookies gifts are handmade with local Sonoma County ingredients and available to order online for pick-up at our Santa Rosa Cookie Counter, local delivery, or shipping nationwide!

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8 Essential Cookie Baking Tools

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An Inside-Look at The Best Baking Tools for the Perfect Cookie

Here at COOKIE…Take a Bite! we bake a lot of cookies, and over the years have found some baking tools in our kitchen that we cannot live without! Most of these baking supplies are inexpensive, serve multiple purposes, and are the true secret to the perfect cookie.

Here is your inside look at our bakery’s cookie toolkit and how we use these eight essential baking tools every day to hand-make all our fresh organic cookies.

1. Bench Scraper

When baking our gourmet cookies at COOKIE…Take a Bite! we always have this scraper tool on hand. This is a baker’s best bet when it comes to easily cutting up ingredients like butter. 

Nothing beats this tool when it comes to easy cleanup. When a fresh batch of our Classic Chocolate Chip cookies is ready, this scraper easily removes any dried chocolate leftover on baking surfaces. This multipurpose baking tool is bound to make every cookie recipe easier, and you’ll look like a real pro using one in your own kitchen.

2. Bowl Scraper

The trick to scraping sticky cookie batter out of a mixer or bowl is a bowl scraper. The best scraper will be stiff enough to easily maneuver the dough, but flexible enough to ensure we get every last drop of homemade dough or icing out of the bowl. Nothing goes to waste at the COOKIE…Take a Bite! bakery. 

3. Pastry Brush

Baking is definitely an art form and any cookie artist will tell you how important a good pastry brush really is to create the perfect cookie. At COOKIE…Take a Bite! we use this trusty tool to perfectly apply our homemade glazes to cookies like our famous Tequila Lime Twist.

4. Micro Zester

With this essential kitchen gadget, we can easily zest all our citrus fruits and other key ingredients for the perfect amount of flavoring every time. Without our micro zester, our award-winning Lemon Moon™ cookies wouldn’t be possible.

5. Peeler

At COOKIE… Take a Bite! we use a lot of locally harvested fruits to create our favorite seasonal cookie flavors. A trusty peeler with a large surface area is a must-have baking tool to easily peel things like the apples we use in our new seasonal Gravenstein Apple Streusel Cookie.

6. Ice Cream Scoop

How do you get a perfectly round cookie? The secret is out! Scooping dough with an ice cream scooper is the best way to get perfectly round cookies, every time. With a small ice cream scoop, all your cookies will be uniform in size and shape with little effort! 

Pro baking tip: very lightly coat the scooper in oil first so the dough never sticks!

7. Small Offset Spatula

A small offset spatula is every cookie baker’s secret weapon. From easily removing cookies off of the baking pan to delicately smoothing icing on freshly baked cookies, this little tool always comes in handy. Our delicate Chai Shortbread Square cookies are effortlessly served fresh out of the oven thanks to this essential baking utensil.

8. Butter Knives

You can never have too many butter knives in your baking kit, and chances are you already have a few of these in your utensil drawer. We use these common kitchen tools in almost every step when baking our gourmet cookies. From holding down sheet trays, or scooping out small dry ingredients like spices, the butter knife is truly a cookie baker’s best friend.

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All our gourmet cookies are handmade with local Sonoma County ingredients and available to order online for local delivery, or shipping nationwide!

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4 Tips for Zero Waste Baking from COOKIE… Take a Bite!

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How We Reduce Food Waste One Cookie at a Time!

It is estimated that 80 billion pounds of food go to waste in the U.S. every year. At COOKIE… Take a Bite! we aim to produce as little waste as possible while baking our gourmet cookies. With zero-waste baking recipes and practices, we are able to help protect our planet by reducing our food waste, while also serving our community delectable cookies.

What is Zero Waste Baking?

Zero waste baking is a more eco-friendly and sustainable approach to creating delicious baked goods. With thoughtful ingredient sourcing and creative reuse and repurposing, our cookie bakery is able to limit our waste production significantly!

Zero Waste Cookie Baking Tips

Here are some of our favorite ways we reduce our food waste while baking our gourmet cookies at our Santa Rosa bakery!

1. Buy Local Ingredients

We are proud to work with many local Sonoma County businesses. When you shop locally, you know you are getting the freshest ingredients directly from the vendor. These ingredients are often picked, harvested, or produced the day before — or even the same morning — that we use them in our cookie recipes. 

Straus Family Creamery is family-owned-and-operated in Petaluma and has been producing 100% certified organic dairy products since 1994. We infuse their premium butter combined with mint from our garden to make our Mint Chocolate Kiss Cookie.

The organic flour we use in our cookies is produced by Central Milling out of Petaluma, as well. They have provided artisan-milled grain and flour to local bakers for over 150 years. Our Classic Chocolate Chip Cookie would not be the same crispy-edged, gooey-centered treat it is without their premium flour.

2. Repurpose Leftovers

We rarely have leftovers at COOKIE… Take a Bite! But when we find ourselves with byproducts we always make the most of them. In fact, some of our bakery’s most famous flavors are made possible by using byproducts. 

We use the juice of our locally grown lemons to make the glaze for our award-winning Lemon Moon Cookies.

We make vanilla-infused salt out of scrapped bean pods for our Harvest Fair Best of Show Tequila Lime Twist Cookies.

3. Bake With Seasonal Ingredients

Our cookie flavors are always evolving based on which special ingredients are in season at the time. By purchasing local ingredients that are in season, we end up with less food waste because they are fresh and readily available. They didn’t have to travel here from out of the area, and will therefore have a longer shelf life and can be purchased in more recipe-appropriate quantities. 

Our new summertime favorite Gravenstein Apple Streusel Cookie features the famous Gravenstein apples from our neighbors in Sebastopol.

Another seasonal favorite is our Raspberry Chocolate Splash Cookie, featuring our homemade raspberry puree glaze made with seasonal berries.

4. Bake Cookies from Scratch

Baking our cookies from scratch means we have much less packaging waste to dispose of. By making our own icing, dough, and crafting the specialty ingredients that make our cookies so decadent, we are able to greatly reduce the amount of waste our bakery produces. 

Don’t miss out on our Plum Jam Thumbprint Cookies made with our own homemade jam or our new Grapefruit & Campari Swirl Cookie are topped with a drizzle of our house-made Campari and grapefruit glaze. You won’t find these handmade creations anywhere other than COOKIE…Take a Bite!

Enjoy Organic Cookies Handmade in Sonoma County from COOKIE… Take a Bite!

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At COOKIE…take a bite!, our gourmet artisan cookies are handcrafted daily and made with premium organic ingredients from Sonoma County. We are proud to be doing our part to reduce food waste in our bakery while continuing to provide our loyal customers with fresh delicious cookies every day.

Follow us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on all the limited edition and seasonal cookie flavors available from our bakery or give us a call today at (707) 291-1785! You can order online for nationwide shipping,  local delivery, or pick-up your order at our Santa Rosa Cookie Counter in the Larkfield Shopping Center.