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Soft Cookies Recipe

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Soft Cookies Recipe

There’s nothing like biting into a warm, soft cookie. It’s a small piece of heaven that brings joy to people of all ages. While crispy cookies have their place, soft cookies are in a league of their own, offering a delightful texture with a burst of flavour. 

 

There are thousands of chocolate chip cookie recipes out there, but there is no match for a homemade one with a soft texture. Their delicate texture, combined with the perfect balance of sweetness and flavour, make them an irresistible indulgence. Whether making it for any occasion or surprising your kids with some sweet treat, this soft chocolate chip cookie will indeed become a favourite.

This cookie recipe consists of simple ingredients that are probably in your kitchen pantry, and this is one of the easiest recipes that comes together quickly and can be baked right away.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe?

  • Easy to make: these cookies are effortless and simple to make, come together easily, and you can bake them right away. With a handful of simple pantry staples and easy-to-follow steps, you can bake these delightful cookies in no time. The simplicity of this recipe allows you to enjoy homemade goodness whenever the craving strikes.
  • Tender texture: these cookies have a tender and soft texture that is very delightful compared to other textures. The softness gives the cookies a pleasant mouth feel, allowing them to melt in your mouth with each bite. The soft texture of the cookies is comforting and satisfying, making them a comforting treat to enjoy. 
  • Chocolate goodness: the combination of soft cookies and chocolate creates a heavenly taste that satisfies even the most intense chocolate cravings. 
  • Customizable: these cookies are incredibly versatile. You can customize these cookies according to your tastes, such as nuts, dry fruits or even different varieties of chocolate. You can create endless combinations of flavours and cater to your personal preferences, ensuring every bite is a surprising one.
  • Sharing and gifting: these cookies are great for gifting and sharing. The soft texture allows them to be easily packaged and transported without worrying about them breaking or crumbling. 
  • Longer shelf life: these cookies have longer shelf life compared to crispy cookies. The soft texture helps to retain moisture, keeping them fresh for a more extended period. This means you can enjoy this delectable cookie for several days after baking. 

Important Ingredients Used In The Recipe:

  • Castor Sugar: Castor sugar gives a soft texture to the cookie. 
  • Dark Chocolate: for this recipe, I have used dark Belgian chocolate. Alternatively, you can use milk or white chocolate as well. 
  • Egg: egg works as a binding agent here. It also helps in raising the cookie. 

How To Make Soft Cookies

Here I am explaining the method of making these delicious soft cookies. You can find the quantity of the detailed ingredients in the recipe box below.

Preparation: collect the ingredients required for the recipe and preheat the oven to 180°C or 350°F (OTG mode: upper rod + lower rod + fan). Line a baking tray with a silicon mat or butter paper. You can also use parchment paper.

Creaming: To make the cookie dough, in a bowl, cream soft room temperature butter and castor sugar until they are pale and fluffy. You can do this by using a spatula or an electric hand beater.

Add Dry Ingredients: Sieve dry ingredients, which are all-purpose flour, salt and baking powder. Add them to the butter-sugar mixture and mix.

Add Chocolate Chips: Lastly, fold the chopped dark couverture chocolate and give it a mix.

Add Wet Ingredients: Finally, add eggs and vanilla essence, then mix it. Combine to form a smooth dough.

Shaping: Divide the dough into six equal parts and place them on the lined baking tray.

Garnish and Freeze: garnish the cookies by placing chopped chocolate on top. Place the tray in the freezer for 15 minutes.

Bake: After 15 minutes, bake them at 180°C or 350°F (OTG mode: upper rod + lower rod + fan).

Cool and Serve: once baked, let the cookies come to room temperature and enjoy the cookies with your evening tea or coffee.

Chef’s Tip For The Recipe

Tip For Ingredients

Use room temperature ingredients. This helps the dough to come together quickly and blend together easily.

Refrain from Over-Mixing

Do not over-mix the dough; otherwise, the cookie may spread more than needed, and it won’t be soft cookies anymore.

Tip For Creaming

Cream the butter and sugar well. Use soft butter to cream. And beat sugar and butter until pale in colour and fluffy in texture. Over-creaming may result in chewy cookies, while under-creaming may result in hard cookies.

Freeze the Cookie Dough

Chill the dough before baking. Chilling your cookie dough before baking helps the dry ingredients hydrate and will prevent the cookies from spreading as much in the oven.

Avoid Overbaking

Do not overbake. Overbaking may ruin the soft texture turning it into hard, chewy cookies. 

More Easy Recipes

If you love this cookie recipe, then I am sure that you love my other cookie recipe, such as

Strawberry cheesecake cookies

Cookie butter cookies

Oreo cheesecake cookies

How To Store Soft Cookies

To store the cookies, let them cool down completely after baking, then keep them in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to a week.

If you want to freeze the dough before baking, cover it with food-grade plastic wrap, then keep it in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I need to chill the dough before baking?

Although chilling the dough for eight or more hours is recommended everywhere, this cookie needs chilling only for 15-20 minutes. 

Can I use all-purpose flour for making soft cookies, or should I use a different type of flour?

All-purpose flour works well in making soft cookies. However, some bakers prefer using cake flour or a combination of all-purpose flour and cake flour.
While both the rising agent can be used in cookie making, baking powder is generally recommended for making soft cookies as it helps get a soft and tender texture. 

How can I prevent my cookies from spreading too much and becoming flat?

To prevent the cookie from spreading and becoming flat, make sure to chill the dough before baking. Also, avoid over-mixing, as this can lead to the spreading of the cookies. 

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Soft Cookies Recipe

There are thousands of chocolate chip cookie recipes out there, but there is no match for a homemade one with a soft texture.

  • Total Time: 37 to 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6 portions 1x

Ingredients

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  • 90g Salted Butter
  • 90g Castor Sugar
  • 50g Eggs
  • 200g All-Purpose Flour
  • 80g Dark Couverture Chocolate
  • 1 + 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/8 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Vanilla Essence
  • Dark couverture chocolate (chopped) for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C or 350°F (OTG mode: upper rod + lower rod + fan). Line a baking tray with silicone mat or butter paper.
  2. In a bowl, cream soft butter and sugar until they are pale and fluffy.
  3. Sieve in the dry ingredients, which are all-purpose flour, salt and baking powder and mix it into the creamed butter.
  4. Now fold in the chopped dark chocolate and give it a good mix.
  5. Finally, add in egg and vanilla essence and mix to form a smooth dough
  6. Divide the dough into six equal parts, then place them on a baking tray lined with a silicon mat or butter paper.
  7. Now, garnish the cookies by randomly placing chopped dark chocolate chunks on top of each cookie.
  8. Keep them in the freezer for 15 minutes.
  9. After 15 minutes, bake them at 180°C or 350°F (OTG mode: upper rod + lower rod + fan) for 12-15 minutes, or until the sides of the cookie are hard enough.
  10. Once baked, let the cookies cool down to room temperature and serve.
  • Author: Chef Mansi Jain
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Freezing Time: 15 to 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 to 15 minutes

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