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You May Want To Skip The Vanilla For Your Next Batch Of Chocolate Chip Cookies
By Elizabeth Pak
Chocolate chip cookies are beloved for their crisp edges, soft and chewy insides, gooey chocolate chips, and the taste of butter and vanilla. While vanilla extract is present in many chocolate chip cookie recipes, you may want to skip it the next time you cook another batch.
While vanilla helps enhance dough taste, it can make chocolatey flavors less potent, according to The Gourmandise School of Sweets and Savories. Because vanilla is such a strong additive, it can overpower the taste of the chocolate chips, which are supposed to be the stars of the show.
You can substitute vanilla extract with bourbon, rum, maple syrup, honey, almond extract, and coffee, or save your vanilla extract for other sweet treats like sugar cookies, shortbread cookies, or oatmeal raisin cookies. If you're looking for a vanilla flavor but are out of vanilla extract, try using vanilla powder, vanilla sugar, or vanilla-flavored milk.