14 Next-Level Twists on Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate chip cookies are a nearly universal joy, and they're easy and cheap to make. Memories can be made while baking a batch of a family recipe, or the original Nestlé Toll House recipe, and absolutely no one will complain about the tasty and heartwarming result. Still, it might be time to try one of these fun twists to mix it up.
Sprucing up regular chocolate chip cookies with colorful M&M's is an easy way to bring a classic to the next level. It's a common upgrade at the holidays, thanks to the festive look from seasonal bags of red and green candies, but it can add extra fun anytime. There's no special technique: Simply supplement the chocolate chips with M&M's.
Recipe: Crunchy Creamy Sweet.
These indulgent cookies are an ooey, gooey twist on two family favorites. Incorporating toasted marshmallow s'mores into soft cookies is surprisingly simple and especially fitting for summer, the season for cooking s'mores over a campfire. When there's no camping trip on the calendar, a batch of s'mores cookies can be ready in less than three hours.
Recipe: Sally's Baking Addiction
Cookie cakes -- really just giant, communal cookies -- are fun for celebrations and make a big impression using the same inexpensive ingredients and without being much more complicated than a batch of traditional cookies. A specialized pan is required to pull off a cookie shape, though.
Chocolate and coconut have had a long love affair. Adding coconut flakes to the classic goodie is an easy way to add richness and decadence. One reviewer reminds bakers to store the cookies in tins to retain crispness, rather than letting them soften by putting them in Tupperware.
Caramel lovers will rejoice at the way soft, creamy, buttery caramel enhances a tender chocolate chip cookie. The main trick is the insertion of a caramel candy inside each cookie dough ball before baking, but there are a few details that make this recipe just a bit more complicated than the typical treat-making.
Recipe: Chef Savvy
Give chocolate chip cookies a boost of protein and flavor from macadamia nuts. They combine seamlessly with semisweet chocolate and the traditional dough base. Feel free to double up and include another type of nut or just substitute a favorite into this treat, but if the nuts going in are salted, consider skipping the salt used to make the batter.
Sea salt brings out the other flavors of sweet treats such as chocolate chip cookies. The spectrum of flavors will appeal more to adult palates and adventurous kids; it can be interesting to leave some unsalted to taste the difference and see which plate empties faster at a family gathering. The recipe from has some advanced refinements, though: It uses three kinds of sugar and specifies an oven heated to 360 degrees -- not 350 -- for baking.
Recipe: Smitten Kitten