If you like your cookies (whether Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal-Raisin or otherwise) to boast crispy edges and chewy middles, the chefs at America’s Test Kitchen recommend a coffee break. That’s right — give your cookie mixture a 10-minute rest right before you add any dry ingredients. This gives the sugars a chance to dissolve, leading to better caramelization, leading to a better cookie texture and flavor. Try it on your next batch.
Here’s an informative video from Karen Rubin, Executive Director at the Amelia Park Children’s Museum in Westfield, Mass. Using “the science of cooking,” Rubin discusses the difference between chewy and crispy cookies and how to obtain those results.