Hey there, fellow cookie lovers! Today, I’m going to share with you a recipe that has never failed to delight, comfort, and satisfy – my basic chocolate cookie dough recipe. If you’re like me and believe that there’s no such thing as too much chocolate, you’re in for a real treat.
The Chewy Magic of Chocolate Cookies
Let’s talk about that irresistible chewy texture. You know the kind I’m talking about – that perfect balance between crispy edges and a soft, gooey center that practically melts in your mouth. These cookies embody that delightful chewiness that has made chocolate chip cookies a timeless classic.
But what’s the secret behind this cookie’s chewy magic? It’s all in the ingredients and the way they come together. Our basic chocolate cookie dough recipe combines simple, reliable ingredients in just the right proportions to create a cookie that’s the epitome of chewy perfection.
The Simplicity of the Recipe
One of the things I love most about this recipe is its simplicity. You don’t need to be a seasoned baker to whip up a batch of these mouthwatering cookies. All it takes is a little mixing, some patience, and a craving for chocolate.
The base of the cookie dough is straightforward – butter, sugar (both granulated and brown), eggs, vanilla extract, all-purpose flour, unsweetened cocoa powder, baking soda, and a pinch of salt. These ingredients come together like old friends, creating a dough that’s easy to work with and yields consistently delicious results.
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Mixing Up the Magic
Once you’ve gathered your ingredients, the real fun begins. Start by creaming together softened butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar. This step is where the magic of these cookies begins to unfold. As you beat these ingredients together, they transform into a light and fluffy mixture, setting the stage for that delectable chewiness.
Next comes the egg. Giving the egg it’s own “moment in the sun” ensures it gets fully incorporated into the dough, lending it the right amount of moisture and structure. And don’t forget the vanilla extract – it’s the secret ingredient that enhances the overall flavor profile of these little cookies.
The Chocolatey Goodness
Of course, we can’t talk about chocolate cookies without, well, chocolate! To achieve that rich, cocoa-packed goodness, you’ll add unsweetened cocoa powder to the dough (not Dutch processed). This deepens the chocolate flavor and gives the cookies that irresistible dark brown hue.
To balance out the intensity of the cocoa, a bit of baking soda and salt are added. These ingredients work together to create that perfect chewy texture by controlling the cookie’s rise and structure.
When making the cookies, you can either roll the dough balls in sugar or save a bowl and just generously sprinkle the tops of each cookie with sugar. Using sugar with large granules will give the cookies a more rustic appearance.
In a world filled with complicated recipes, it’s so refreshing to have a basic chocolate cookie dough recipe that you can always rely on. And this, my friend, is it. These cookies are so simple, yet they never fail to impress with their chewy, chocolatey goodness. They’re always a hit.
So, next time you’re in the mood for a sweet treat or need to satisfy a chocolate craving, give this basic chocolate cookie dough recipe a try. Enjoy, my friends!
Try these other basic cookie doughs too
Basic Chocolate Cookie Dough
- 1/2 cup butter, unsalted (room temperature)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cup flour
- 1/2 cup natural cocoa powder (unsweetened)
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- Extra sugar for sprinkling or rolling
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, cream butter, sugar, and brown sugar together with an electric mixer on medium speed four about 2 minutes, until smooth and light colored.1/2 cup butter, unsalted, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar
- Add egg and vanilla extract and continue mixing for another minute.1 egg, 1 tsp vanilla extract
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and sea salt.1/2 tsp baking soda, 1/2 cup natural cocoa powder, 1 1/4 cup flour, 1/2 tsp sea salt
- Add flour mixture, half at a time and mix with a rubber spatula until just combined.
- Using a 3 TBS cookie scoop, scoop dough and place 2 inches apart on the cookie sheet.
- Bake for 10 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through.
- Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Store cookies in an airtight container for up to a week or freeze for up to 3 months.