Craving the soft, chewy goodness of McDonald’s chocolate chip cookies? We have crafted a simple, foolproof recipe that brings the iconic taste right to your kitchen!
If you’ve been missing your McDonald’s cookie fix, we’ve got you covered. You can recreate the magic at home with a few simple ingredients and minimal equipment. The best part? It’s not time-consuming, which is a relief because as soon as the aroma of authentic McDonald’s chocolate chip cookies starts wafting from your kitchen, they’ll be in high demand!
How To Make McDonald’s Chocolate Chip Cookies
In the preparation stage, temperature is important. We aren’t only talking about the temperature of the oven either. When you bake your McDonald’s chocolate chip cookies the ingredients soften and spread slightly. If you start off with very soft dough you are going to end up with a flatter cookie.
Flatter cookies bake quicker, meaning you may lose some of the required texture and thickness. So for this reason we recommend leaving the butter used in the recipe in the refrigerator until it is time to make the dough. Likewise, the dough, once it is made, will benefit from being chilled in the refrigerator for around an hour. This ensures your cookies stay nice and thick and don’t melt into a flat pile in the oven.
Whilst this is a recipe for McDonald’s chocolate chip cookies, you can substitute the chocolate chips for a flavour of your choosing. Instead of chocolate chips, you can mix it up with white chocolate, add a handful of juicy and plump raisins, a scattering of nut pieces or combine all of the above to make a taste and texture all of your own.
You won’t need much fancy kitchen equipment. A couple of sturdy and decent sized mixing bowls, a set of kitchen scales and a spoon or beater is pretty much all it takes.
As a final point you will want to keep your oven temperature on the low side. Due to the high sugar and butter content, McDonald’s cookies will cook quickly, particularly around the edges. If your oven is too hot you can burn the edges and overbake the centre very easily.
Arrange all ingredients before starting, and line your baking tray with parchment paper for an easy cleanup.
- 250g white flour
- 3g baking soda
- 3g salt
- 170g unsalted butter
- 200g brown sugar
- 100g white sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 egg + 1 extra yolk
- Chocolate chips as desired
- Prepare the Dough:
- Cream together butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth.
- Beat in the egg, extra yolk, and vanilla extract.
- In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, and salt.
- Gradually blend the dry ingredients into the wet mixture.
- Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Chill the Dough:
- Cover the dough and refrigerate for at least an hour.
- Preheat your oven to a lower temperature to avoid over-baking.
- Drop rounded tablespoons of dough onto ungreased cookie sheets.
- Bake until edges are nicely toasted but the center remains soft.
Tips for a Perfect Batch
- Precise Measuring: Ensure accurate measurements for all ingredients to achieve the desired texture.
- Chill the Dough: Refrigerate the dough for at least an hour to prevent cookies from spreading too much.
- Lower Oven Temperature: Bake at a lower temperature to avoid over-baking and to achieve a soft center with slightly crispy edges.
- Use Parchment Paper: For easy cleanup and to prevent sticking.
- Check Oven Accuracy: Make sure your oven temperature is accurate with an oven thermometer.
- Experiment with Add-ins: Try different chocolate types or add nuts and raisins for a unique flavor.
- Store Properly: Keep cookies in an airtight container to maintain freshness.
Yes, McDonald’s still makes chocolate chip cookies. They are part of the McDonald’s dessert menu. This delightful cookie is loaded with a generous quantity of chocolate chips and has perfectly crispy edges paired with a soft, chewy center. Please note that availability can vary by location, so it is always a good idea to check with your local McDonald’s restaurant or on the McDonald’s app to confirm that they have chocolate chip cookies on hand.
- Can I use a hand mixer? Absolutely! A hand mixer works just fine. If you have a stand mixer, that’s great too. Both will give you a smooth, well-mixed dough.
- Chocolate chip substitutions? Feel free to experiment with dark or white chocolate chips. You could also add nuts, raisins, or a mix for a unique twist!
- How to store leftover dough? You can refrigerate the dough for up to 5 days, or freeze it for up to 3 months. Just ensure it’s wrapped tightly to prevent drying out.
- Why did my cookies turn out hard? Over-baking or too much flour could be the culprit. Ensure precise measuring and keep a close eye during baking.
- Can I make these cookies vegan? Absolutely! Substitute the egg with a flax egg, and use vegan butter and chocolate chips.
Provided you have a few store cupboard ingredients and a little time you can enjoy the taste of authentic McDonald’s chocolate chip cookies without ever having to leave the house. The key to achieving the desired texture, above all else, is to avoid overbaking your cookies.
Remember that whilst they cool they will firm up quite a lot, even over-baked cookies are soft when they first come out of the oven. So be conservative with what you consider ‘done’. Watch the edges and the middle will take care of itself.
The smells coming from your kitchen as you bake this cookie recipe will be better than any dinner bell and have people running for the kitchen, so if you want to make more simply double (or even triple) the ingredients.
We hope you enjoy our recipe.