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Chocolate Chip Cookies With a Twist



April 24, 2010

Cookies are a traditional favorite treat of many people. There are many different varieties of cookies that can be purchase or homemade. Traditional homemade cookies include sugar cookies, peanut butter cookies and snickerdoodles. Of course, the all-time traditional cookie is the chocolate chip cookie. Chocolate chip cookies are relatively easy to make. The best part about making them is that they are so versatile that they can be made to please just about anyone’s taste buds. They can be made into a thick, fat cookie or a thin, flat cookie. They can be made big or small, or they can be made soft and chewy. But the best way to personalize them is to add a little twist of your own.

Start with any basic chocolate chip cookie recipe. After gathering the necessary ingredients, and mixing the basic dough, the cookies are ready to be made. Simply drop the dough by the spoonful and bake. Longer cooking will result in a crisp cookie, while shorter baking will result in a softer cookie. A twist for chocolate lovers is adding extra chocolate chips to make the cookies super chocolaty. They could also use any variety of chocolate – dark, semi-sweet, milk, white – or combination. Those who are allergic to chocolate can use carob chips in place of the chocolate. Additionally, there are peanut butter chips, toffee chips, butterscotch chips and many other flavors on the market.

Although chocolate chip cookies are a traditional favorite among adults and children, after awhile, plain chocolate chip cookies can become boring. To add some new flavor to an old recipe, almost anything can be added to give your cookies a kick. Additions can be added to the entire mix or the dough can be portioned out to make individualized cookies that are sure to please everyone. When deciding on additions, consider personal tastes and favorite flavors, and with a little imagination, plain chocolate chip cookies come to life.

Cocoa powder can be added for chocolate-chocolate chip cookie. Or, add crushed peppermint candies, candy canes or cinnamon candies to create a scented, chocolate mint flavored cookie. M&Ms and Reese’s Pieces added in place of chocolate chips creates a unique cookie, or you can add a bit of peanut butter to create a peanut butter chocolate chip cookie. Add food coloring to the dough then shape into different shapes before baking. For a healthier approach, add nuts, raisins, cranberries, blueberries, figs or dates. Spices such as ground cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, all spice, or ginger add a nice aromatic spice that goes well with the chocolate.

Be creative and turn any basic recipe into a chocolate chip cookie with a twist.

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