- Insider asked three chefs to share how to take store-bought cookie dough to a whole new level.
- They said rolling the dough in spices or a fun garnish can elevate your cookies .
- The chefs also recommended adding salty mix-ins like pretzels, chips, or nuts to your dough.
- Topping your baked cookies with citrus zest or drizzling them with chocolate can make them seem extra fancy.
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To help you step up your baking game, Insider asked three chefs to share their tips on how to make store-bought cookie dough taste homemade.
Here’s how you can improve premade cookie dough or dough from a mix.
Add spice to your dough.
To do so, combine ground cinnamon, ginger, and sugar, and then roll your balls of cookie dough in the mix before baking.
If you’re feeling extra bold, you can even spice up your cookies with a sprinkling of cayenne pepper, suggested Jackie Newgent, chef, culinary nutritionist, cooking coach, and author of “The Clean and Simple Diabetes Cookbook.”
Punch up the flavour of your cookies by adding extracts.
To add depth to your cookies, add a few drops of a pure flavour extract to your dough, Newgent said.
This is a simple way to personalise the cookies to your liking or give them a unique twist each time you bake them.
Some extracts to try include peppermint, lemon, vanilla, coffee, almond, or coconut.
Before baking, roll the dough in a garnish of your choice.
Another way to add flavour or texture to your cookies is by rolling the balls of dough in your garnish of choice, Jennifer Hill Booker, chef, cookbook author, and culinary educator, told Insider.
To start, you can try using chopped nuts, sanding sugar, miniature chocolate chips, cocoa powder, or sprinkles.
Stir nuts right into the dough for an added crunch.
For added texture, you can stir nuts into your cookie dough, Newgent said.
You can use common nuts like pecans, walnuts, or macadamia nuts, she said, but for a homemade feel, you may want to use ones that aren’t commonly found in store-bought cookies, like pistachios.
These will add colour, crunch, and wholesomeness to your baked cookies, she explained.
Add in your favourite savoury snacks, like chips or pretzels.
Mix-ins are another great way to make it seem like you spent a ton of time on your “homemade” cookies. Plus it will give them a really unique flavour.
“Plop in a surprise ingredient that you love, like crushed pretzels, potato chips, roasted chickpeas, or popped popcorn,” Newgent told Insider.
Top your cookies with flaked sea salt.
To create a well-rounded flavour, top your cookies with flaked sea salt before putting them in the oven, Newgent suggested.
“Salt helps to balance sweetness, providing a more well-rounded taste and bonus deliciousness,” she told Insider.
Dip your cookies in chocolate or drizzle it on top.
After your cookies have finished baking, use chocolate to give them a high-end look and homemade flavour, Wilk said.
“Once the cookies are baked and cooled, dip them into chocolate or drizzle them with it,” she said. “This will give a finished and fancy look without a lot of extra work.”
Add citrus zest to your cookies to give them a fresh taste.
If you really want to impress, create intrigue by using freshly grated citrus zest as a cookie topper, Newgent said.
“It will make the cookies seem extra special and kind of fancy,” she told Insider.
Try, for instance, adding orange zest on chocolate cookies or lemon zest on vanilla cookies, she suggested.