Normally I love a really good chocolate chip cookie, gooey and buttery tasting. Well these cookies are not that type haha. These cookies are perfect if you want to replace that package of Famous Amos or other commercial packaged cookies. They have that same hard crunch and very firm, almost meaty mouthfeel. They will totally satisfy that craving that may hit you (no judgement)
There are a bunch of different things that I did to make these cookies have the same feel as a packaged cookie. For one thing I made sure to use shortening, which I don’t like in my chocolate chip cookies normally. This gives the body that we are looking for, without any butter taste. As well as making it more like a cake. I did use some butter, which I browned because I wanted them to taste better than the commercial version. The browned butter gives it more of a nutty taste which is really nice to give it more flavor than normal.
Because we are trying to recreate a commercial cookies we are going to compare the price to this bag of Famous Amos cookies. The total cost of this recipe is $3.88 which gives about $.10 per cookie. The package of cookies I linked to costs $0.38 per oz, while our recipe costs $.15 per oz. 60% less is pretty surprising, I didn’t expect that it would come under a commercial price, given the scale for the ingredient costs that the commercial would have. I suppose that a lot of the price of a commercial cookie is in the advertising, labor, and other non ingredient costs. But that just means more money for us! So each batch of cookies that you make, you are saving at least 60% of your money not buying a package at the store! Which means more money for better deserts haha!
Famous Amos Cookie Replacement
The perfect cookie when you want to reach for a commercial chocolate chip cookie
- 1/4 cup shortening (89g) $.37
- 1/4 cup butter (56g) $.31
- 1/2 cup brown sugar (86g) $.28
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar (53g) $.18
- 1 egg $.11
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract $.31
- 2 tablespoons milk $.04
- 2 cups all-purpose flour (256g) $.76
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda (4g) $.01
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (2.5g) $.00
- 1 cup chocolate chips (175g) $1.51
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or silpat baking mats.
Brown butter in a pan, let cool.
Cream shortening, and sugars together in an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.
Beat in egg, vanilla, and milk. Beat in salt and baking soda.
Stir in flour and mix until combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
Scoop 1 tablespoon balls of dough and place onto cookie sheets. Press the dough lightly with the palm of your hand to flatten just a bit (about half the thickness of the ball).
Bake for about 13 minutes, until the cookies are slightly browned. Remove from oven. They will get crunchier as they cool.