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The Pioneer Woman’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

A soft and cakey cookie with a few very unique mix-ins.

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Ree Drummond has a recipe for pretty much everything so it’s no surprise that she has multiple options for Chocolate Chip Cookies. But these Chocolate Chip Cookies aren’t just any Chocolate Chip Cookies; they’re Chocolate Chip Cookies with some unique twists, like flax seed, and instant coffee, and two kinds of chocolate chips! So when you’re looking for a Chocolate Chip Cookie that’s a little different than your usual go-to cookie, this might be just the place to turn.

We made these cookies as a part of our Celebrity Chocolate Chip Cookie Showdown. It’s a fun thing where we take four celebrity recipes — some celebrity chefs, some not so much — cook them, and then taste and compare them to see how they stack up. This match-up included Ina Garten, Martha Stewart, Joanna Gaines, and Ree Drummond. It gave us four chocolate chip cookies that were all very different from each other but all pretty tasty in their own right! (And it was just a really, really fun day of work.)

The Pioneer Woman’s dough was the most unique. She was the only one to incorporate margarine — which generally gives you a cakier, flatter cookie — but she combined it with butter for flavor along with some crushed flax seed, instant coffee, and both milk and semisweet chocolate chips. She has you stir the dough together by hand, no mixer needed (even though it’s a little hard to do) and then scoop and bake. No chilling or freezing required.

The dough itself was very soft and very flavorful! You could taste the coffee and the two kinds of chocolate was really nice. If you’re in the cookie game to eat the dough, this is a good recipe to go with.

But somehow the baked cookie lost a lot of that flavor. The flaxseed and coffee didn’t really come through at all and we found this to be the least flavorful of the cookies in our match up. Thanks to the margarine, the texture was very soft and very cakey, so if that’s your kind of cookie, this is a great one to try.

See our Celebrity Chocolate Chip Cookie Showdown to see how the others matched up.

Yield(s): Yields 36 cookies

20m prep time

15m cook time

Allergens: Eggs, Milk, Gluten

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  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons flax seed, slightly crushed with rolling pin
  • 3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 heaping cup milk chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. In a mixing bowl, stir together the butter, margarine, brown sugar, and white sugar until combined. Add eggs and vanilla and stir until combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, instant coffee, baking soda, and salt until thoroughly mixed. Add to wet ingredients in batches, stirring gently after each batch.
  4. Stir in flax seed and chocolate chips.
  5. Drop balls of dough on a baking sheet and bake 11-13 minutes. Remove from cookie sheet and eat while warm.

Recipe adapted from The Pioneer Woman.