When it comes to cookie preferences, there are two main groups of people: those who like their cookies soft and chewy, and those who prefer a thin, crispy cookie. If you’re part of the second group, there are a few steps you can take to ensure that your chocolate chip cookies come out perfectly crispy every time.
One of the most basic elements to getting your cookies exactly how you want them is to bake them at the proper temperature. If your recipe calls for 375 degrees, you need to be baking at 375 degrees. Unfortunately, ovens aren’t always precisely accurate, so it may be wise to invest in an oven thermometer to see what the actual temperature inside your oven is. Once you know this, you can adjust your temperature setting accordingly, which will help ensure you wind up with a crispy - and not burnt - cookie.
Choose Your Recipe Wisely
Dough Temperature Matters Too
Whatever you do, don’t refrigerate the dough before baking your cookies. Doing this will make the dough colder and stiffer, allowing it to retain a thicker shape while baking. This will result in a chewier cookie. Instead, you want your cookie to be flatter so it will bake up crispier. To help speed up this process, keep your dough at room temperature. This warmer temperature will allow the dough to spread more, giving you that crispy texture you love.
Cookie Sheet Tips
The cookie sheet you use will also have an impact on the crispiness of your cookies. Non-stick and air-cushioned sheets are quite popular and many bakers swear by them, but they won’t always result in that crisp texture you’re after. To better your chances for a crisp treat, opt for an aluminum baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Aluminum absorbs and diffuses heat faster than other types of sheets, upping the crisp factor of your cookies. Avoid silicone baking mats, as these usually result in softer cookies. You’ll also want to preheat your cookie sheet before putting the dough on it. As mentioned previously, flatter cookies bake up crispier, and putting your dough on a pre-warmed cookie sheet will promote spreading, giving you a flatter cookie.
But Don’t Over-Bake Them!
Many people mistakenly believe that leaving cookies in the oven longer will increase their crispiness. In some respect, they are right - but the crispiness will likely be the result of burning the cookies! Remember that cookies will continue to cook even after they’re out of the oven. When baking, leave the cookies in for the recommended time, pulling them out of the oven once the edges have begun to crisp and brown. Let them cool for several minutes on the cookie sheet, then transfer them to a wire rack to continue the cooling process.
Getting your chocolate chip cookies exactly how you want them requires trial and error. These tips will help you achieve that light, crispy texture you’re after, but only time and experience will allow you to truly discover what it takes to get that perfect cookie every time.