5 Hacks to Level up Chocolate Chip Cookies

The smell of cookies baking has been known to help prospective buyers feel more at home when they’re looking at houses.

One study actually found the smell of chocolate chip cookie candles influenced customers to shop more impulsively for luxury items.

This may be because our sense of smell is directly tied to our emotional responses and memories through our olfactory bulb. For most people, the scent of cookies sparks feelings of warmth and comfort because of the memories they have of baked goods or baking with family members. 

But achieving the perfect cookie taste at home can be harder to do. Luckily, there are different hacks you can try to level up your baking skills. 

While it may seem counter-intuitive to add bitterness to bring out something’s sweetness, that’s exactly what happens when you combine salt and chocolate.

Salt Your Cookies

Dark and non-stick baking sheets are great if you want a crispy pizza crust, but if you want to make the perfect chocolate chip cookie, you’ll want to use light baking sheets. Since dark metal absorbs heat, your baked goods can brown too quickly. 

Use a Light Baking Sheet

According to Taste of Home, silicone baking mats are a great layer between your dough and the baking sheet. Unlike parchment paper, silicone will distribute the heat more evenly.

Bake at a Lower Temperature

Right after you pull your cookies from the oven, take a glass or jar — whatever is closest to the size of your cookie — and place it over the cookie. Then, spin the jar or glass around the edge of the cookie a few times. 

Shape When You’re Done Baking

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