For a fluffier cookie, use lemon juice

A comparison of two different chocolate chip cookie recipes.

Ciaran Rigby, Staff Writer


Traditional Cookie Recipe:


1 cup of softened butter

1 cup of brown sugar

1 cup of white sugar

2 eggs

2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

3  cups all purpose flour

2 cups chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 375

2. Add together softened butter, brown sugar, and brown sugar until smooth

3. Mix in eggs and vanilla

4. Add in a sperate bowl flour, baking soda, and salt

5. Slowly mix in dry ingredients

6. Stir in chocolate chips

7. Place cookie dough on cookie sheet

8. Put in oven for 1o minutes


Different cookie recipe:


1/2 cup rolled oats

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 cup softened butter

3/4 cups brown sugar

3/4 white sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 teaspoon lemon juice

2 large eggs

3 cups chocolate chips


1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. Put rolled oats into into food processor and process until  finely  ground

3. Combined ground oats, flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a bowl

4. Mix together butter, brown sugar, white sugar, vanilla and lemon juice

5. Add in eggs and beat until fluffy

6.  Stir in dry ingredients to wet ingredients

7.  Mix in chocolate chips

8.  Place dough on cookie sheet

9.  Place in the oven for 16 minutes

When my softball team stayed at the DoubleTree hotel in St. Louis a couple of years ago, the front desk clerk give everyone two chocolate cookies upon checking in. They were delicious.

Last April DoubleTree released its chocolate chip recipe for the first time since they began giving out cookies in 1986. The secret ingredient? Lemon juice.

Lemon juice is supposed to make cookies chewier, so I tried a traditional recipe and one with lemon juice and cinnamon.

Appearance-wise, the traditional cookies were flatter. The lemon juice cookies rose more, making for a lighter, fluffier cookie.

The traditional cookie had a gooey inside where as the lemon juice cookie had a more solid inside because it was cooked longer. I was surprised that I liked the cookie that had a more cooked inside because I usually like the gooey insides better. Something about the way the cookie was not hard on the inside but still was cooked all the way through was nice.

The traditional cookie had fewer chocolate chips, which is the better choice because it had one chocolate chip in every bite which I think is the correct ratio. The lemon juice cookie dough had too many chocolate chips and in some bites it was an overpowering taste of chocolate.

The lemon juice cookie dough had a bit of a tang to it due to the lemon juice. The cinnamon was also apparent, which is a great twist on the dough and really takes a basic chocolate chip cookie which everyone loves and turns it into something even better.

Overall, the fluffiness and cinnamon make the lemon juice cookie better. One thing to change would be the amount of chocolate chips. I recommend using 2 to 2 1/2 cups instead of 3. The only down side to the lemon juice cookie recipe would be that it does require more ingredients and a bit more work. But for the taste of the dough, it is was worth it. With all the flavors that jump out in your mouth to the simple basics of a good cookie these really are the perfect chocolate chip cookies.