A Collection of Chocolate Chip Cookie Ingredients

With so many recipes and different variations, you might be wondering if there is such a thing as standard chocolate chip cookie ingredients?

To be honest, the ingredients you use to make rich and tasty chocolate chip cookies are very basic.

It's amazing to think that such simple and everyday baking ingredients can be combined in so many different ways that create some incredibly tasting cookies.

But that is how it all started so many years.

Back in the 1930s, Ruth Wakefield, owner of the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts, invented chocolate chip cookie dough by adding chopped chocolate to her standard butter cookie dough.

Ruth Wakefield

Ruth Wakefield

And just like that, the Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie was born.

There is some question around the details and actual chain of events as to whether this addition of chocolate happened on purpose, or by lucky accident.

But all we can think is, does it really matter? Thank you Ruth for the invention, regardless of how it came about!

The results were, and continue to be, spectacular and enjoyed daily by people all around the world.

Did you know that Chocolate Chip Cookies are the most popular cookie baked in America?

More than half of all the cookies baked in U.S. home kitchens are chocolate chip!

Some statistics suggest this percentage may be has high as 80%.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Ingredients

Chocolate Chip Cookie Ingredients

Either way, many beginning - and now seasoned - home bakers got their start by baking a batch of chocolate chip cookies using the recipe from teh back of the bag of chocolate chips.

There are lots of different recipe variations, but most of them begin with the same list of basic ingredients…

Chocolate Chip Cookie Ingredients - Basic

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Brown Sugar
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • Semisweet Chocolate Chips

If you're looking to put a fanciful twist on the basic chocolate chip cookie, then you'll need to expand with some additional ingredients…

Chocolate Chip Cookie Ingredients - Beyond the Basics

  • Nuts (such as walnuts, pecans, almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, pistachios or macadamia nuts)
  • Other flavors of chocolate chips (milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, mint chocolate, etc.)
  • Other flavors of baking chips (peanut butter chips, cinnamon chips, butterscotch chips, Andes Crème de Menthe chips, Andes Peppermint Crunch chips, etc.)
  • Chunks of chocolate
  • Toffee Bits
  • Oatmeal
  • Granola
  • Peanut Butter
  • Pumpkin Puree
  • Raisins
  • Dried Fruit (cherries, blueberries, cranberries, apricots, etc.)
  • Coconut
  • Extract (such as mint, hazelnut, almond, etc.)
  • Espresso or Coffee Granules
  • Orange Zest
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Shortening
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Instant Pudding Mix
  • Sour Cream
  • Cream Cheese
  • Fresh Chopped Mint
  • Vinegar
  • Corn Syrup

Do you have a secret or special chocolate chip cookie ingredient not listed here?

If so, please let us know and we'll keep our list growing with your recommendations.

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