Secret Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookies

I can’t get enough chocolate chip cookies.  I admit it.  I LOVE them!  

One of the really wonderful things about this recipe is that the secret ingredient gives them a richer, more caramel taste, and while subtly enhancing the flavor, remains unidentifiable.  Have I peaked your curiosity?  Then, keep reading.Secret Ingredient Chocolate Chip CookiesThe special secret is pure maple syrup.  It not only gives great flavor, but it also makes the cookies soft for days.
Secret Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookies Unless you tell people your secret, they’ll never guess what makes your cookies so special.  

Secret Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 ½ cups unsalted butter (3 sticks), softened to room temperature
  2. 1 ½ cups brown sugar
  3. ½ cup granulated sugar
  4. 3 eggs, room temperature
  5. ¼ cup secret ingredient (pure maple syrup, shhh)
  6. 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  7. 4 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  8. ¼ cup cornstarch
  9. 2 teaspoons sea salt
  10. 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  11. 3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Line baking pans with parchment or silicone mats, and preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugars until creamy. Add eggs, vanilla, and the secret ingredient (maple syrup), and give it a good beating until it’s light and bubbly. It will be a little bit runny.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, sea salt, and baking soda. Add to butter mixture, and stir, by hand, just to incorporate. Fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Scoop rounded tablespoons of dough onto prepared cookie sheet, and bake for 10 minutes.
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Line baking pans with parchment or silicone mats, and preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Secret Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookies

In a large bowl, beat together until creamy.:
1 ½ cups unsalted butter (3 sticks), softened to room temperature
1 ½ cups brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar

Secret Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookies

Add
3 eggs, room temperature
¼ cup secret ingredient (pure maple syrup, shhh)
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
Give it a good beating until it’s light and bubbly. It will be a little bit runny.

Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, whisk together
4 ½ cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup cornstarch
2 teaspoons sea salt
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda

Add flour mixture to butter mixture, and stir, by hand, just to incorporate.

Secret Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookies

Fold in
3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Dough for Secret Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookies

Scoop rounded tablespoons of dough onto prepared cookie sheet, and …

… bake for 10 minutes.

Secret Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookies

Remove from oven when they’re golden. They may look slightly doughy, but will finish baking on the pan for the next few minutes.

Secret Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookies

So let them cool on the cookie sheet for 2-3 minutes, then …

Secret Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookies

… transfer to a wire cooling rack.

Secret Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookies

Enjoy immediately, or …

Secret Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookies

… after they’ve cooled..

Secret Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookies

Either way, these cookies are soft, chewy, and delicious!