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3 Twists on Chocolate Chip Cookies

There are few things better than fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies. Aromatic and gooey, these classic baked goods are the perfect treat for people of all ages, any time of the year for nearly every purpose. A fresh batch of chocolate chip cookies are just as fun when they're made for a loved one as when you're trying to make the house smell inviting and welcoming for coming holiday party guests. 

While the traditional no-frills chocolate chip cookies may still be one of the most delicious treats available, there are a few variations on this classic recipe that warrant testing. Try out these three twists on the the old standard this year and see which ones you love. 

1. Pretzels and Peanut Butter Cookies 
If you're hesitant to try a variation on the the traditional chocolate chip cookie, don't worry. Most recipes call for you to use your favorite recipe as the base, but to also add in some delicious and bold flavors that transform that classic cookie into something truly unique. 

Whip up dozens of treats in your kitchen with a helpful hand mixer. Whip up dozens of treats in your kitchen with a helpful hand mixer.

Start off by mixing your classic chocolate chip cookie recipe and just before you toss in the chocolate chips, mix in some broken pretzel bits and chocolate-covered peanut butter candies. Try reducing the number of chocolate chips slightly to keep the ratio of batter to mix-ins consistent. You'll be left with a cookie that's popping with sweet chocolate, savory peanut butter, and pretzel chunks that are both salty and crunchy. 

If you don't want to use chocolate-covered peanut butter candies, consider adding a bit of peanut butter to the batter or using peanut butter chips. You're trying to get that timeless peanut butter and chocolate flavor, so there's no wrong way to do it. 

Use broken candy canes for a minty seasonal cookie addition. Use broken candy canes for a minty seasonal cookie addition.

2. Cool Minty Chocolate Chip Cookies 
Much like the previous twist, this minty variation uses the same chocolate chip cookie dough as your base recipe. However, rather than just cooking up those soft-bake cookies as is, you'll want to add a bit of minty flair! There are two ways you can accomplish this: 

  • Add a bit of peppermint extract or syrup directly to the batter. This will give you a cookie that's strongly flavored with mint and complemented by the bursts of chocolate chips you get in each bite. 
  • Mix in minty candies along with your chocolate chips. Whether they're dark-chocolate-covered mints or broken candy canes, this option keeps your cookie taste simple and emphasizes the textural experience. 

3. Chocolate on Chocolate Cookies 
It's time to switch up that old recipe. Make a cookie with a base of chocolate. All you need to do is use a standard chocolate cookie recipe and mix in chocolate chips to the ratio that you want. You can try this recipe for larger cookies that taste more like a brownie than anything else. It's a great option for the chocoholic in your life!