Chocolate chip cookies are a universally loved treat, and a very simple snack to make with young children. The scent of freshly baked cookies and the delicious flavor are both traditional parts of childhood. Cookies are also a quick bake, so let’s look at an easy chocolate chip cookie recipe you can try.
There are many great chocolate chip cookie recipes out there, so we’re going to look at the simplest around, and then some alternatives that you might like to have a go at, including vegan options and fruity alternatives. We are also going to look at a no bake recipe and a cake, so read on for the best baking ideas.
Easy Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
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Tip: Don’t overcook the cookies, or they will be crunchy and crumbly. It is a good idea to keep an eye on them while they are cooking.
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Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie
More and more people are moving toward veganism and cutting out animal products, so what about making a chocolate chip cookie without eggs or a chocolate chip cookie without butter? It can definitely be done!
Although there are many different options, a chocolate chip cookie with coconut oil and coconut milk is often one of the best ways to get rid of the butter and eggs.
If you want a chocolate chip cookie no egg recipe, you need to make sure that the cookies still have a binding ingredient, and coconut butter or margarine are both good options. Be aware that the cookies might be crumbly, but the egg can safely be left out in many cases, and the cookies will still work fine!
If you don’t want to leave the egg out or you’re having trouble persuading your cookies to bind, consider adding a vegan egg, which might mean using flaxseed or chia seeds. Some people also find that aquafaba makes a great egg substitute.
How about a vegan gluten free chocolate chip cookie? This might seem like a lot of demands to make on the recipes, but fortunately, you still have lots of options to explore. For example, try making a vegan oatmeal chocolate chip cookie.
You will still need to find a substitute flour for the all-purpose flour that most recipes call for, however, in which case you might want to try an oat flour chocolate chip cookie recipe. These are a great option, have a really nutty flavor, and cut all the gluten out easily. They still often include oats, giving them some texture too.
Tip: make sure that you buy gluten free oats and gluten free oat flour to avoid cross contamination, because many oats are processed with wheat, and this makes them unsuitable for people with celiac disease.
Alternatively, consider trying a chocolate chip cookie with almond flour. You may be able to just substitute almond flour directly into your existing recipe, and not make any further changes, or you might have to adjust the ratios a bit.
Be aware, however, that almond flour can lead to a slightly grainy texture. Some people enjoy this, but you might want to get the finely ground flour instead if you don’t. Both should be readily available in stores and will make delicious cookies.
So, there are lots of gluten free and vegan options available, and some recipes achieve both! Don’t let your dietary restrictions get in the way of you enjoying a delicious cookie whenever you feel like it.
Different Ingredients To Try
Now that we’ve covered the basics, it’s time to get a little more adventurous in terms of the ingredients included in the cookies. You can add lots of things alongside the chocolate chips. For example, a banana chocolate chip cookie is a great way to make the treat a little healthier without spoiling it.
You will want to slice the ripe bananas and add them to the recipe while you are creaming the butter and sugar together. They will go nicely into the batter and give it a rich, sweet flavor without needing too much extra sugar. Most kids love this option, and it makes the cookies a bit better for them.
If that doesn’t appeal to you, there are some great pumpkin chocolate chip cookie recipes you could try. For these, you will need pureed pumpkin. It’s a good idea to squeeze the pumpkin puree in some paper towels before you use it to suck as much moisture out of the puree as possible.
This stops your cookies from getting wet and soggy and unpleasant, so it’s worth taking the extra time to do it.
For those who don’t like pumpkin, how about trying a cherry chocolate chip cookie? Just buy some glace cherries, chop them into rough chunks, and stir them into the mixture alongside the chocolate, and voila! You have some delicious and high-class cookies to share.
Finally, another great twist on the recipe includes making a chocolate chip cookie with cream cheese. This extra ingredient makes the cookies soft and chewy, rather than crunchy, and combined with a bit of cornstarch, you have the ultimate soft cookie that does not cross the border into cake.
Simply add the cream cheese into the recipe when you cream the butter and sugar, and whip it thoroughly until you have a light, fluffy mixture, perfect for soft cookies.
Chocolate Chip Cookie No Bake
What about if you don’t want to bake your cookies because you don’t have an oven (or you’d just rather not use it at the moment)? There are some easy chocolate chip cookie no bake options that you can try.
To make a chocolate chip cookie microwave recipe, you will usually want to mix together some butter and sugar, baking powder, vanilla, flour, and chocolate chips, and then heat them for 60 seconds in the microwave in a microwave-safe bowl.
You can also make no-bake chocolate chip cookies by mixing together butter, sugar, milk, oat flour, and chocolate chips, and this needs no cooking at all. Because the recipe does not have any wheat flour or eggs in it, it doesn’t require cooking.
You simply put it in the fridge for 20 minutes or more so that the butter sets, and then you can enjoy cooking-free cookies! Of course, this doesn’t fill your home with the delicious scent, but it’s still a great option.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Small Batch
We don’t always want to eat huge amounts of cookies, and if you are only cooking for yourself or a couple of people, your cookies might go to waste. You should make a small batch chocolate chip cookie recipe.
This is very easy to do; you can simply reduce the recipe you currently use a bit, or you can find a specific recipe. The only problem that you may run into if you try and reduce your current recipe is that it might require only one egg in its original form, and this can be hard to halve.
If this happens, simply whisk your egg up separately and add just half of the liquid to the batter. You can then put the rest in the fridge and use it up in scrambled eggs or other cooking if you prefer.
Tip: you can freeze cookie dough if you don’t want to bake a whole batch at once. Just scoop the tablespoons of cookie dough onto some prepared baking sheets and put them in the freezer until frozen. When you are ready to use them, pull the trays out of the freezer and transfer them straight to the oven.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Pies
If you have never come across chocolate chip cookie pies, this is definitely something that you might like to try. These delicious pies are fairly easy to make, although you do need a deep pie dish to do it.
Otherwise, if you buy a pre-made pie shell, it’s no more complicated than making chocolate chip cookies! Simply tip the cookie mix into the pie shell and bake until the mix is cooked. You can make it quite gooey, or cook it for longer to create a crispy experience.
If you are a cookie fan, this is a lovely way to enjoy your favorite snack as a pie, and for a bit of extra luxury, top it with a squeeze of chocolate sauce.
Recipe For Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake
If the pie doesn’t quite appeal to you but you like the idea of trying chocolate chip cookies another way, how about a chocolate chip cookie cake? This is also fun to make and a great option.
It is particularly appealing because you don’t have to spend ages making individual cookies; you can simply pour all the batter into one pool and lift the cake out when it is cooked. So, how do you make chocolate chip cookie cake?
It really uses much the same recipe and approach, but you should add some cornstarch, because this ensures that the cookie stays thick and soft, rather than becoming dry and crunchy. With a bit of cornstarch included, you’ll find the cake just melts in your mouth!
Once you have poured the batter into the pan, feel free to stud it with some extra chocolate chips, or decorate the edges of the cake with chocolate buttercream icing or chocolate chips. You can also use a mixture of different chocolates, such as white, milk, and dark for a pretty cake and a great flavor.
Chocolate chip cookies are super versatile, but very easy to make in all their different forms. You don’t need to be an experienced chef, a pro baker, or even very competent in the kitchen to enjoy delicious chocolate chip cookies any time you fancy them.
Everyone knows that homemade is better than store bought, so whip out a baking tray and crank up the oven so you can try out this recipe and its many variations.