Making cookies from scratch can be a lot of fun, but you’re going to need certain ingredients on hand. Some ingredients can transfer from one recipe to another, but others are specific to the recipe you want to make. You will find a list below of ingredients that you should have on hand for all cookie recipes and different cookie types with the specialized ingredients listed.
Just remember that even if these cookie types all use similar base ingredients, they don’t always use the same amounts. So, be sure to check your recipe even if you think you know how much of the base ingredient you will need. Before you serve up your delicious cookies, serve your family a healthy meal by taking a class in healthy cooking fundamentals.
Base Ingredients Used in Most Cookie Recipes
As said before, the amount of these specific ingredients will vary depending on the type of cookie you’re making. However, these are the staples of the cookie world, and you should always have them on hand if you plan to make a lot of cookies. If you’re interested in baking more than just cookies, why not try bread with this awesome course on artisan bread?
This particular staple is a must as most cookie recipes require a lot of flour. If your cookie baking is more than just a once-a-month occurrence, you should consider purchasing flour in bulk. It will be a lot cheaper, and you will always have it when you need it.
Yet another staple of cookie recipes, this is usually the next most-used ingredient in cookies. Some cookies require different types of sugar – brown, powdered, dark brown, etc. Be sure to check your recipe. If it only lists “sugar” as an ingredient, you’re more than likely going to be using granulated sugar. One popular cookie recipe that uses a lot of sugar is the sugar cookie recipe.
In cookies, eggs play the role of adding liquid to the recipe. Cookie recipes rarely require water or oil or any other kind of liquid. Be sure to have enough on hand if you plan to make a lot of cookies. Most recipes require at least two, but some might require more.
Usually required to be softened before putting it into the recipe, this particular ingredient can mean real butter, or it could mean margarine as most of us use as butter. Whichever you plan to use, be sure to have plenty on hand. One of the easiest ways to measure out your butter for any recipe is to buy stick butter. Just cut to the proper measurement, peel off the paper, and dump into the bowl.
The most common extract used in cookies is vanilla, but you can also use almond or any extract you’d like. Some great choices for cookies are walnut, butter, lemon, and orange. Your choice of extract will also depend on the cookie you’re making.
Ingredients Particular to Recipes
Different recipes will call for different ingredients. This is a brief list of ingredients for several popular types of cookies – oatmeal, chocolate chip, sugar cookies, and peanut butter cookies. Check your recipe for any special ingredients you might need like the ones listed below. Learn recipes for all kinds of different cookies in this awesome online class.
Used for oatmeal cookies, this particular ingredient can add a bit of chewiness to your cookies that might not have been there before. Think Quaker Oats snack bars but in cookie form. It’s also a great way to get your children their fiber.
Mainly used for chocolate chip cookies, chocolate chips can be used in any number of cookie recipes. If you want to make oatmeal cookies for your kids but are afraid they will instantly refuse them because of the oats peeking out, just toss in some chocolate chips. They will distract from the oats. You might also want to try this cookie cake recipe in this article, which uses both chocolate and white chocolate chips.
While mainly used for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, this high-protein nut spread can make some delicious peanut butter cookies too. It’s a great way to add a little extra protein into your child’s diet too if they shunned their turkey sandwich at lunch. The recipe linked here is also gluten free, which is great if you’re following a gluten free diet. Take an online class in making your diet gluten free in more than just baked goods.
This particular ingredient can add a little bit of a crunch to your cookies. Just grab your favorite nut, and toss it into your cookie dough. Some popular nuts to add to cookies include walnuts, almonds, pecans, peanuts (usually in the form of peanut butter), and macadamia nuts.
Jam, Jelly, Preserves, or Even Fresh Fruit
Get healthy with this favorite dessert by adding a little fruit into the mix. You can add jams or jellies, or you can even try a preserve. You can even try adding fresh fruit. Make blueberry sugar cookies or strawberry oatmeal cookies.
Instead of adding as much sugar to that sugar cookie recipe, try adding some maple syrup instead. You can also do the same with berry syrups. This particular cookie recipe uses maple syrup and no added sugar, except as decoration.
Add Whatever You Like
One of the best things about baking is being able to explore new options. Maybe you found a great sugar cookie recipe, but you want to make it more like a pancake breakfast with bacon. It’s going to take a bit of experimenting, but you might find that bacon cookies are pretty good.
Make recipes your own by adding things you like. You never know what you might create, and it might just be a hit with more than just yourself. Become a kitchen scientist, and comment with ingredients you’ve tried in your cookies.