Crispy Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

A true American delicacy~brownies and chocolate chop cookies are my weakness. Oversize and dense with chocolate chips, these cookies are thin, crisp and slightly chewy in the center.

I got hold of this recipe for these indulgent cookies which are so easy to prepare from my darling dear sister, which she got from one of her close friend. I keep preparing them quite frequently at my home whenever the craving hits me. She deserves all the compliments for these delightful cookies.

Crispy Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes about 15 jumbo cookies

All-purpose flour – 1 1/2 cup
Whole wheat flour – 1 cup
Baking powder – 1 tsp
Baking soda – 1 tsp
Granulated white sugar – 1/2 cup
Brown sugar – 1 cup, firmly packed
Eggs – 2, large, at room temperature
Canola oil – 90 ml
Vanilla powder – 1 1/2 tsp
Unsalted butter – 1/2 cup, melted and slightly cooled
Semi-sweet chocolate chips – 1 1/4 cup

1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.
2. Add all the first 6 listed dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl, mix using a whisk. In an another mixing bowl, add the next 4 wet ingredients and lightly whip using a whisk for approx a minute. Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix well until dough like. Mix in the chocolate chips using a wooden spoon. Using an ice-cream scoop, scoop onto prepared cookie sheets.

3. Bake 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are lightly toasted. Keep a close eye at the last minutes, they can get burned or overdone easily.

4. Leave to cool on tray for 5 minutes. Using a flat spatula transfer them to a wire rack until they are cooled completely, approx 1 hour. Store in an air tight container at room temperature.

Tip: You can also freeze the cookie dough for later use, and when required bake them at a moments notice. Simply, scoop the cookie dough on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and freeze for 1 hour. Later, transfer the frozen cookie dough balls into to an air tight zip-lock plastic bag and freeze for later use for up to 3 months. When guests arrive, or your kids desire them, simply transfer the frozen unbaked cookie dough balls onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and bake as directed above, adding a couple of minutes to the baking time, keeping a close eye.

Note: Vanilla extract (vanilla in liquid form) is non-halal. Only powdered vanilla is Halal.


18 thoughts on “Crispy Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. As salamualaikum sister, Hope you and all family members are doing well. I tried this recipe and it came out exactly the same. My kids became a fan of ur recipe. So the credit goes to you. Whenever they like to eat chocolate chip cookies instead of buying from store they wish me for home made ones. Jazakallahu khair. Tc

  2. Assalamu alaikum

    Dear Mona

    I’ve always used liquid vanilla, and a few days ago when I made some flan, I remembered your comment and checked the label for ingredients and there was no alcohol in the ingredients, in fact it mentioned on the label ‘Alcohol free’. I went through the ing to see what replaced the alcohol and found it to be monopropylene glycol 🙂

    I think you should edit your note, when you get the time cos its misleading.

    I made your kachi murgh hyderabadi biryani with baingan bhagare the other day, my guests went crazy over the baingan so thank you. I found that what I had hoped for was the baingan that used to be served by my friends moms in Bangalore, its not brownish yellow but a deep orange in colour and did not have the strong flavor of sesame and peanut. Is that a different recipe or just a different version, would be glad to know.

    Hope your baby’s doing fine inshallah 🙂

  3. Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah..

    Dear Mona

    Great recipe! Yummy!

    Your warning at the end though about the vanilla and its halal status made lose my sleep and do some serious thinking. This may surprise you and many Mona, but if you were to think on the same lines on every food product available today(not everyone does, many only avoid direct consumption of alcohol and non-halal meat), many other food ingredients listed in your recipes wouldn’t fall under the halal category! Surprised aren’t you?

    I’ll give you examples – like cheeses (the pepsin/lipase or rennet used for coagulating milk is made from animals like pigs and cattle), ice creams and yoghurt (the gelatin used here is sourced from pigs and cattle), frozen halal chicken, any products containing chicken, it’s extracts, chicken flavorings (this is how – many commercial plants that machine-slaughter the chicken aren’t selling 100% halal chicken simply becuase of the fact that each chicken isn’t blessed during slaughter; it isn’t practical as the slaughtering is done by machinery not humans), food products containing stabilizers (these are chemically fat derivates and are listed in their alpha-numeric FDA names like E471 and so there’s no way of knowing the source of the fat used) and there are thousands of food products that use stabilizers, emulsifiers, food colors and other food additives – bread, chips, cookies, canned food, shortenings, all dairy products, flavorings, sauces.. the list is endless Mona ; all those foods that necessitate the use of alcohol as a part of the production process (this is where the vanilla you mentioned falls under!), but which are not classified as alcoholic products and there are so many of them; trust me calling all these food products non-halal would make life so miserable simply because there wouldn’t be much left on the market shelves for us to buy except fresh fruits and vegetables, raw cereals and hand-slaughtered meat! I don’t know how many recipes would be here on your site here!

    There is one thing I always remind myself at such times and that’s Islam isn’t about making lives difficult for people who follow it. At the moment I think Muslims are getting paranoid and have taken the halal concept too far! When I went through some halal-food websites, I realized there really wasn’t much left for us to eat!

    There is a famous hadith where the Prophet (may the prayers and blessings of Allah be upon him) advised Muslims to take the moderate path in Islam. A wise person would know that it doesn’t mean one could drink once in a while or eat unblessed animals or pork st times. No, what’s haram is haram.

    One should look at the bigger picture here in this regard.
    To me that means not drinking alcohol as it is without doubt an intoxicant, not eating pork as it is the meat of an unclean animal, and not eating any meat that has not been blessed and slaughtered in the name of Almighty God.

    It certainly doesn’t mean I get paranoid and spend hours reading labels, researching, emailing and calling up food conglomerates for verification of the source of every food additive used and stop buying most of the food products on the shelves that clearly aren’t pork, alcoholic drinks or non-halal meat but are food products for whose production chemicals like ethyl alcohol, mono/di/tri/poly glyccerides, enzymes and proteins were used that were naturally obtained from animals sources.

    If all Muslims thought started behaving paranoid, I believe none of us should ever step into a hospital or a clinic again cos alcohol is a MAJOR sterilant used in such places! You’ll smell it on the walls, the beds, the floor, the trays, the needles, their tools, they’ll even wipe your skin with it and give you alcohol containing medications to take! But ofcourse that would be a foolish move, becuase clearly alcohol has a different purpose here other than intoxicating us and which is why he don’t get paranoid about going to a hospital or taking alcohol containing medication.

    It’s only logical that the same concept be used when alcohol or chemical compounds of non-halal sources are employed in food for a different purpose other than it’s direct consumption.

    Inshallah, I hope that in the near future highly educated and intelligent Islamic scholars take up this topic and make sound and sensible Islamic rulings that will make life easier for a Muslim and not turn us into extremists.

  4. a cookie is a small, flat-baked treat, usually containing fat, flour, eggs and sugar. In most English-speaking countries outside North America, the most common word for this is biscuit; in many regions both terms are used, while in others the two words have different meanings. A cookie is a plain bun in Scotland, while in the United States a biscuit is a kind of quick bread similar to a scone. In the United Kingdom, a cookie is referred to as a baked biscuit most commonly containing chocolate chips.

  5. imitation vanilla extract can be used in place of vanilla powder since it doesnt have any alcohol.
    it is available in most grocery stores in North America.

  6. A friend of mine told me about your website since i was struggling to make hyderabadi biryani and your posting on that really helped but more than that, i loveeeeed making these cookies…i have a major sweet tooth..hehe.

  7. This recipe is a keeper. Have tried countless recipes for chocolate-chip cookies but this one is the best.Baked them for my son and he loved them! I’m from Hyderabad and your blog makes me long for my hometown every time I visit it.

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