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.
Even though I use any excuse to bake cookies, I’ve never baked April Fools’ Day cookies. But a recent trawl on the Internet led me to this recipe, in which mashed potatoes and black beans pose as Chocolate Chip Cookies! I love a good prank and these should do the trick. Happy April Fools’ Day!