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Old 08-12-2014, 01:47 PM
 
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I am planning to bake chocolate chip cookies today to bring to a special occasion tonight.

I'm thinking I'm going to go the lazy refrigerated dough route. Or should I do it from scratch? Then I'd have to buy baking soda, brown sugar that isn't hard as rock like what's in my cupboard now, chocolate chips, real butter....blehhh.

What say you all? Is there a huge difference between refrigerated dough cookies and made from scratch cookies?
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Old 08-12-2014, 01:56 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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The refrigerated dough is probably good enough. I can tell the difference, but I don't know if most people can.


I always make my chocolate chip cookies from scratch but I refrigerate the dough overnight before I bake it, because the texture changes. I think the moisture from the egg is better absorbed when it's refrigerated before baking.
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Old 08-12-2014, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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I vote for homemade. This is one of my favorite recipes:

http://tastykitchen.com/recipes/dess...-chip-cookies/

I reduce the salt by half. They taste just like mall cookies and they're soft!
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Old 08-12-2014, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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Refrigerated commercially-made dough tastes noticeably different.
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Old 08-12-2014, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles>Little Rock>Houston>Little Rock
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I always use the Tollhouse Cookie recipe on the Nestle's chips bag.
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Old 08-12-2014, 04:16 PM
 
Location: Birmingham
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I always use the Tollhouse Cookie recipe on the Nestle's chips bag.
So did I, great cookies. I think they taste better then the premade, but I am usually too lazy or don't have all the ingredients/or stale brown sugar etc etc,
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Old 08-12-2014, 04:20 PM
 
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I'm an avid baker and must say that initially, I used to buy boxed cake mixes, refrigerated cookie dough, etc.

But then, I began to bake everything from scratch, and may I say that it is completely worth it?

Aside from eliminating a lot of unnecessary preservatives, salt, and sugar when using prepackaged cookies or cakes, there is a noticeable difference in the quality of the product that you bake, if you do it from scratch.

My vote would be to do it from scratch.
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Old 08-12-2014, 04:28 PM
 
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Since it's a special occasion, make them from scratch. I always make cookies from scratch if I'm taking them to a gathering. Cookies from scratch taste much better.
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Old 08-12-2014, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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I always use the Tollhouse Cookie recipe on the Nestle's chips bag.
Absolutely! And throw in some oatmeal for texture.
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Old 08-12-2014, 05:51 PM
 
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I've seen packaged cookie mixes where you add your own eggs/butter. That would split the difference -- not that odd taste from a roll of dough, but no worries about buying X,Y,Z ingredients, either.
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