Jean—a creative self-taught cook with a passion for helping people develop their cooking skills—has worked as a cooking instructor.
This Is a Great Cookie Recipe for Beginners
This is an easy recipe for anyone, and you certainly don't need much in the way of baking skills or all the baking gear. You just need a few basic things to bake these delicious cookies. Although the ingredient list seems long, it's really simple to just dump everything into a medium-large ziplock bag and squish it all together. The trick is to mix it until it's all the same color, with no lumps of streaks showing anywhere in the mix.
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about 3 dozen, depending on your cookie size
Ingredients at a Glance
- 1 1/4 cups unbleached flour
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
- 11 tablespoons butter, softened
- 2/3 cup golden yellow sugar
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup milk or dark chocolate chips, or a combination
- 1/3 cup mint chocolate chips OR
- 1/3 cup butterscotch chips
- 1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans or almonds, or a combination
- additional fine sea salt, for sprinkling on the cookies before baking
Additional Equipment and Supplies
- foil pie plate
- a foil or metal cookie sheet
- a sturdy, medium-large zip lock bag
- a plastic dry cup measure
- a dry quarter cup measure
- a dry one-third cup measure
- a dry two-thirds cup measure
- a half teaspoon measure
- a teaspoon measure
- a quarter teaspoon measure
- parchment paper
- plastic wrap
- a tablespoon measure
How to Make These Plastic Bag Cookies
- Take a foil pie plate and measure the 1/3 cup of chocolate chips, the 1/3 cup mint or butterscotch chips and the 1/3 cup of nuts into it. Mix them up in the pie plate and set the pie plate aside.
- Line your cookie sheet with parchment paper and set it aside.
- Take your zip lock bag and add the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, cinnamon, coffee granules, all the sugar, butter, salt and vanilla.
- Squeeze as much air as you can from the bag and seal it shut. Squeeze and squish the bag, working the ingredients into a smooth, homogeneous mixture with no lumps showing. Work the corners of the bag to make sure everything is mixed very well.
- Take 2 large pieces of plastic wrap and remove the dough from the bag, dividing it in half. Place each half on a piece of plastic wrap and roll it into a 9-inch roll.
- Take each roll and roll it into the chip and nut mixture, coating the sides but not the ends of the roll. Lightly press the chips and nuts into the sides of the roll and roll them up in the plastic wrap.
- You now have two rolls of cookie dough. If you wish, you can freeze one of the rolls to bake later. Put the other roll in the fridge for about three hours or up to three days.
- Preheat your oven or toaster oven to 350 degrees F.
- Take the roll of cookie dough out of the fridge and cut it into 1/4-inch slices and lay them on the parchment-lined cookie sheet about one inch apart. Sprinkle them with the additional salt. Bake them for about 12 to 14 minutes until they are just set. They will be soft and may not look done but they are.
- Remove them from the oven and let them sit on the cookie sheet until they are lukewarm. If you can stop eating them, you can store them in an air-tight container for up to a week, if they last that long.
Tips and Tricks for Plastic Bag Baking
- Use a sturdy recloseable bag to prevent punctures or unintentional holes in the bag.
- Be sure to squeeze as much air as you can out of the bag so it doesn't explode while you are squishing it.
- You can use a spoon or a spatula to scrape the ingredients out of the corners so they are easier to mix.
- The more you mix the dough, the easier it is to come together.
- If the dough looks crumbly, keep mixing it until it forms a lump.
- If one side of the cookie roll appears flat, gently round them after they are cut and laid on the cookie sheet.
- If you freeze a roll of cookie dough, just cut it into slices to bake without thawing it. Just add a minute to the baking time.
- The weather and humidity in addition to the accuracy of your oven will affect the cooking time. Watch the cookies a few minutes before they are due to come out of the oven so they bake to perfection and don't over bake.
- You can scrub out the bag, dry it, store it and reuse it for your next baking adventure.