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Jun 14, 2014 10:48 AM

Your best CRISPY, CRUNCHY cookie recipe. Go!

I am firmly in the crispy cookie camp. I will not turn down a great "soft" cookie if it's homemade, but I can't swallow commercially made soft cookies -- the texture just makes me wonder how many preservatives and who knows whatall is in the treat to make it stay soft and shelf stable.

I'm a confident home baker, but lately I've been caving to SO's pressure and making more soft cookies at his request. Well, that's fine, I like to bake for him, but sometimes I want a cookie I enjoy, too!

It seems more and more difficult to find classic crispy cookie recipes out there as the general American tastes right now appear (to me) to run more toward the soft cookie varieties. I do have a small collection of cookbooks spanning the last 100 years, so I do have some "old reliables." I know the different texture outcomes from oven temps, brown vs. white sugar, butter vs. shortening, letting cookies cool on the sheet, and so on. Still, I'd love to hear if you all have any crunchy favorites.

Thought it might be good to share some of our favorites here. I can't be the only holdout for a cookie with crunch! Please share your best crispy, crunchy, toothsome cookie recipes.

I'll start with my own crunchy cookie workaround/tip/cheat. I've been searching for a truly crunchy oatmeal cookie recipe. I tried some that claim they will have a crunchy result, but they really don't. The closest I've come is by adding homemade oatmeal-based granola to a basic cookie dough--pretty close cheat for crunchy oatmeal cookies!

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  1. I've heard that adding cornstarch to oatmeal cookies can help make them crunchier. My aunt makes my grandmother's mother's top secret oatmeal recipe for holidays and they are hands down the best oatmeal cookies ever. Crunchy and very flavorful. I normally like chewy cookies, but these are some of the best cookies on the planet.

    Unfortunately I won't be given the recipe until my aunt is on her deathbed.

    My favorite thin, crispy choc chip recipe comes from Martha:

    1/2 cup butter, softened
    1/2 cup sugar
    1/4 cup brown sugar
    1 egg
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1 1/4 cups flour
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    6 oz. chopped chocolate

    They're made like any other cookie. Cream butter/sugars. Add egg, vanilla. Add dry, then chips.

    Bake at 375 for about 15-18 minutes or until golden brown. If you bake til they look totally done, they're crispy and dark. If you pull them when the centers aren't totally done, you have IMO a perfect thin cookie with crisp edges but a chewy center.

    I've been intrigued by this recipe for quite some time, but have yet to try it:

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    1. re: nothingswrong

      Those cookies sound delicious. Thanks for sharing!

    2. Doorie greenspan's classic sable cookie is a crunchy buttery one:

      An oatmeal lace cookie is very thin and crispy- there are many variations including this one with almonds:

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      1. re: Ttrockwood

        Oh yes, I've been meaning to try baking Dorie's sable. Thanks for reminding me! Those may be the next batch.

        1. re: Ttrockwood

          Along the lines of Dorie's sable is her world peace cookie:

          The real Neiman Marcus chocolate chip cookie recipe is nice and crunch (not to be confused with the one in the myth that has ground oatmeal). I think the cook time is off on these but if you leave them in that long, they end up VERY crunchy.

          1. re: chowser

            I've heard of her World Peace cookies, but never really looked at the recipe. Thanks for posting!

        2. Of course any (twice baked) biscotti recipe will give you a crunchy outcome. There are so many recipes, practically unlimited choice for flavors.

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          1. re: BangorDin

            True! And I do make biscotti. That is one variety of crunchy cookie SO and I both enjoy.

          2. YES!!!! CRUNCHY cookies! Take that, Chris Kimball!

            Now, I have to confess that my crunchy oatmeal cookie comes from CI or ATK or whichever!!!

            I'll dig it up and post it...

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            1. I like these Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies from Giada. They are definitely not your typical chewy chocolate chip cookie from the back of the chip bag.