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It’s National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day! Here’s How to Bake the Cookie of Your Dreams

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May 15 is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, and if you’ve ever scanned the offerings on a packed school bake-sale table you’ll know one thing: Not all chocolate chip cookies are created equal.

Though most recipes contain approximately the same ingredients, these treats might lean towards being cakey, gooey, crispy, or crumbly. And everyone has their own idea about what the perfect chocolate chip cookie should taste like, whether they swear by their grandmother’s secret formula or a recipe from one of their favorite web sites.

Most people understand that different cooking techniques produce different types of cookies, but cookbook author Tessa Arias, who also created The Ultimate Guide to Chocolate Chip Cookies on her blog, Handle the Heat, turned her obsessively scientific eye on the process.

We can’t help but love her empowering words: “This information will allow you to alter or generate your own chocolate chip recipe that produces cookies simply the way YOU like them. You’ll be an expert on the anatomy of the chocolate chip cookie, ” she writes.

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PEOPLE caught up with Arias to ask her a few insider tips-off. She told us her must-have, stranded-on-a-desert-island baking tool is her cookie scoop( hers is by OXO ). “It builds quick and easy work of sectioning out perfect balls of cookie dough that bake up nice and evenly, ” she said.

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Here are some of her key findings 😛 TAGEND

For a cakey texture: Using baking powder( and remove baking soda) For a soft-yet-crisp texture: Use equal quantities baking soda and baking powder For a crackled-top, brownie impact: Melt the butter For an intensive butterscotch flavor: Use merely brown sugar For chewy cookies with a good depth of flavor: Chill the dough for 24 hours

In her four-part guide she also experiments with various baking sheets, oven temperatures and health-related substitutes such as coconut oil, whole wheat flour and flax egg, making close to 30 different differences. Thankfully you only need one recipe to reach your personal cookie nirvana–and own that bake-sale table, while you’re at it.

–Lexi Dwyer

Read more: people.com

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