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christinagoodwin Dec 9, 2013 01:27 PM

so i made chocolate chip cookies the other day and here's a photo of them - https://scontent-b-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/1466258_546138738807984_1921595687_n.jpg I know that taste is the most important thing and they taste amazing, but how do you make cookies that look like this? http://www.nist.gov/pml/wmd/metric/im... when i make them you can't see the chocolate chips. do you have to add the chocolate chips on top after they bake?

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    Alan408 Dec 9, 2013 01:42 PM

    I was not able to view the nist picture. I thought your cookies looked great!

    When I roll the dough into a 2" cylinder and slice the cookies I get visable chocolate

    1. monavano Dec 9, 2013 01:59 PM

      Your cookies look great. Realize that food photography can be highly manipulated.
      I've switched to using semi sweet chocolate chunks and they have more visual appeal.

      1. greygarious Dec 9, 2013 02:24 PM

        I see this is your first Chowhound post - welcome. I suggest you use the method Cook's Illustrated/America's Test Kitchen recommends, which is to roll your cookies into a ball in your hand, then use your fingernails to stab into the surface as you pull the ball apart into two half-spheres, which will have ragged, craggy surfaces. Hold one half in each hand, craggy side up. Then smush them together so that if you looked from the top, instead of an O you'd see two capital D's meeting on the vertical straight side. Place craggy side up on the cookie sheet, and bake. There's probably a youtube video showing how this is done, if you look for it, and there's also a discussion of the method somewhere on this board - you can search for it via the box at the top right corner of this page.

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          chowser Dec 11, 2013 06:32 AM

          This is my favorite method, too, and you do get that "perfect" chocolate chip look w/ craggy top and chips on top. I couldn't find a video but there are pictures here that help. It's easy to do, hard to describe.

          http://heatherhomemade.com/2012/07/th...

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            momnivore Dec 11, 2013 08:42 AM

            I second this technique. The cookies turn out beautiful and also delicious and chewy. Browneyedbaker has a little thing on it too: http://www.browneyedbaker.com/2008/06...

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              greygarious Dec 11, 2013 02:54 PM

              Thanks, chowser and momnivore. One picture certainly IS worth more than the jumble of words it took to (perhaps inadequately) describe the method!

          2. LaureltQ Dec 9, 2013 03:09 PM

            When I make chocolate chip cookies, I melt the butter instead of creaming it, and as a result, the dough does not cling to my chocolate chips, so they are visible on the top of the cookies.

            1. Jpan99 Dec 11, 2013 06:59 AM

              Your cookies look like my cookies, delicious! Yes, food photography may have something to do with it, or the techniques listed here. But I'm not a fan of "beautiful" cookies. It's like giving cookies a makeover because they are ugly. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder! ;-)

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                vttp926 Dec 11, 2013 03:35 PM

                I have certainly pressed in chocolate chips and additions to cookie on the top to make it look pretty. I think that may help somewhat.

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                  RogueFoodie Dec 11, 2013 03:42 PM

                  I'm going on a tangent, but try cutting up big blocks/slabs of chocolate. With that uneven cutting, sometimes you get a huge bite of hard chocolate and othertimes you get gooey, lacy chocolate.

                  1. davis_sq_pro Dec 11, 2013 04:29 PM

                    Your cookies look perfect as-is in my humble opinion.

                    1. chefj Dec 11, 2013 05:46 PM

                      I did not know that NIST (National Institute for Standards and Technology) had standards for Chocolate Chip Cookies!

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