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Crispy Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

by on January 24, 2013 · 19 comments

One thing I noticed while making batches of cookie bark is that baking at a low temperature for a longer amount of time almost always results in an evenly cooked and very crisp product. Recently, I’ve been applying this to some of my miniature cookie recipes. I’ve always loved teeny tiny cookies (especially the ones from Trader Joe’s), but prefer them to have a uniform crispness throughout, and for the longest time I kept getting cookies that were just too brown around the edges and not cooked enough in the center. The low temp, long bake time fixed that problem completely!

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These little chocolate chip cookies were baked at 300 for about 25 minutes. They browned evenly, had a light and crunchy texture and spread into nice circles (well, most of them). This particular dough worked well, but I’m going to experiment with a few other high butter/high sugar (doughs notorious for spreading) as well.

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Perfect thin and crispy chocolate chip cookies
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 100
Ingredients
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour (140 grams/5 ounces)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Beat the butter until creamy using an electric mixer. Beat in both sugars, and vanilla. When creamy, beat in the egg. When egg is mixed in, beat in salt and baking soda. Add flour and stir until it is almost blended in. Add the chocolate chips and stir until all flour disappears.
  3. Line two large baking sheets with regular foil.
  4. Using a 1/4 teaspoon measure, scoop up rounded spoons of dough, each with about 3 chocolate chips (you'll have what appears to be a lot of chips and a tiny bit of dough). Shape into marble size balls and arrange on baking sheets spacing about 1 1/2 inches apart.
  5. Bake one sheet at a time for 25 minutes or until cookies are evenly browned. Let cool slightly, then remove from baking sheets to finish cooling.
Notes
Baking at a very slow and low temperature helps the inside and outside cook evenly, giving you a uniformly crisp texture throughout. The number of cookies is approximate. I recommend baking one sheet of 20 (or so) just to nail down the exact bake time in your oven.

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Published on January 24, 2013

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katie January 24, 2013 at 8:42 am

Would mini chocolate chips go good here?

Anna January 24, 2013 at 8:46 am

Yes, but I never seem to have them around. I’m also having trouble finding a brand of minis that I really like. For these cookies, I used regular size Guittard extra dark chips.

Carolyn January 24, 2013 at 10:23 am

I love this idea for so many reasons! This past Christmas, my mom baked her shortbread cookies low and slow and they were the best ever. Just like letting some cookie doughs rest for a day or two in the fridge, I think there’s additional flavour and texture development that happens with the low temperature. I feel some experimenting coming on!

Sue January 24, 2013 at 10:44 am

Those really are teeny tiny! They look store bought and I mean that in a good way.

Michelle January 24, 2013 at 2:11 pm

How adorable! I can’t wait to try this recipe. I just know my daughter will love these. :) After searching a while for a good quality mini-chocolate chip, I have found favor for the Ghiradellli miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips. They’re hard to come across, but every once in a while I find a few bags.

Stephanie January 24, 2013 at 6:54 pm

OH MY!! These will look great as cake and cupcake decorations!! Thank you for all of your recipe testing.

Jan Harris January 24, 2013 at 8:31 pm

Hmmm, I’ve only ever seen Nestle’s minis.

Katrina January 24, 2013 at 8:37 pm

Minis would be “legal” for me to snitch. ;) Love these!

Katrina January 24, 2013 at 8:38 pm

Oh, and I agree about low and slow–especially granola. But now I want to try cookies, too.

Anna January 24, 2013 at 8:42 pm

Our store had the Ghirardelli miniature chips around the holidays, but I haven’t seen them since. Hershey’s also makes miniature chips, but the only time I saw them was visiting the test kitchen at Hershey’s. I’m not sure where they are distributed. So the default is Nestle, which are always available.

Krista January 24, 2013 at 9:56 pm

These are adorable! I can’t wait to try!

paola April 9, 2013 at 9:37 am

Soooo cute! For a variation, could I ommit the choc chip and add perhaps nutella or similar ing?

Anna April 9, 2013 at 10:06 am

Hi Paola,
I think the moisture from the Nutella might take away from the crispness of the cookies. However, you could probably chop up a chocolate/hazelnut candy bar and use that instead of the chips. Good luck!

Anna October 19, 2013 at 7:14 am

Cleo, yes. Any changes you make in butter or sugar will definitely change the outcome.

Kathy December 9, 2013 at 7:15 am

I just found your site while looking for recipes for the Italian cookies/biscuits called Savoiardi…….named after the King of Savoy. They are sold in most bakeries in Brooklyn but I have not been able to find an accurate recipe that creates the thin shell that forms on the top which is super thin and crispy. If anyone out there has ever made these I would sure love to have the recipe…..This site is amazing and I cannot wait to try those mini cookies…..bite size are the best .

Anna December 9, 2013 at 7:51 am

Hi Kathy,

Around here we just call those cookies “hard ladyfingers” so thanks for educating me on the name. The brand my store carries is called Alessi and I use the cookies for tiramisu since they soften nicely under cream. It will be a while before I can try some authentic Brooklyn bakery ones, so I too would like to have a scratch recipe. I’ll look around! Thanks for the tip.

Eileen February 9, 2014 at 7:07 pm

Love this recipe.. I also add toasted cocnut

Anna February 9, 2014 at 8:13 pm

Thanks for the review, Eileen! I appreciate it. And thanks for the tip on adding coconut.

Nuraini March 14, 2014 at 10:42 pm

Hello! I made these today, and it is really good. The dough was a bit wet so i was worried but it turned out really good. Thank you for the recipe! I’ve been searching for a crispy cookie recipe that works for so long. <3

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