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Chocolate Chip Cookies…with Cornstarch?!
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I have exciting news.

I actually have so much exciting news I’m not totally sure where to start. So let’s just dive in and say….


Ahem. Yes. I am an intern with a super cool, up-and-coming food website. And I am, as you probably guessed from the caps lock overload, super duper excited. UBER EXCITED EVEN.


Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies - On Sugar Mountain

Food Photography Cheap Light Set up - On Sugar Mountain


This whole post very well may be like this so please just grab hold of your seats and remain calm. Lots of excited shouting keeps bursting forth from yours truly and caps lock is a must. 

But it’s true and you can do it too! I had been perusing the never-ending internet for tips and tricks for food photography and discovered this blog called Taylor Takes a Taste. Gorgeous photos to be sure, and an entire post on the $15 Food Photography Lighting Setup.

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies - On Sugar Mountain

I bookmarked it immediately and thought this would be a great project, until a few weeks ago when Taylor posted this awesome e-book Photographing Food for only $5! It was such a steal and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to improve their lighting without spending tons of money.

Now to be sure, I am still working out the kinks with this and practicing angles, but it totally works! No longer must I color balance the hideous, sickly yellow hues of my nighttime kitchen! I’m thinking another flood light and diffuser on the mirroring side might be worth it; oh and maybe some pretty color backdrops too.

FINALLY! These chocolate chip cookies.

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies - On Sugar Mountain

They are made like most chocolate chip cookies. Except they’re not.

Except for the cornstarch.

Which I’ve now come to believe is a magical element, disguised under the name of cornstarch, which gives these cookies the texture of pillowy, chewy chocolatey clouds.

I had heard about this miraculous discovery a few months ago on numerous blogs, but never got around to testing it out. Sometimes in all the excitement of colorful, sprinkle-covered, frosting-topped craziness I forget the awesomeness that is the classic chocolate chip cookie.

Yes it deserves to be bolded. It’s one of the first cookies I ever experienced in my life and it’s one of my favorites. Not to mention, it’s one of everyone’s favorites.

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies - On Sugar Mountain

Also, I have of late become virtual friends (I hope?!) with Sally of Sally’s Baking Addiction. If you have not seen her blog yet, oh my god everything is so beautiful and colorful you could cry. For joy obviously.

But seriously – she knows a thing or two about adorable, well-set up food photos. Her post earlier this week on food photography basics is a goldmine of helpful know-how.

ANYWAYS. These cookies. I tried them out from her post here. For how they turned out please see “pillowy, chewy, chocolatey clouds” or also please see “OMG SO YUMMY”.

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies - On Sugar Mountain

Okay. Perhaps I’ve had too much coffee and/or cookies this morning.

But seriously, go make these cookies. And check out this lighting setup. And Sally’s food photography tips. And Feastie !!

Happy Baking!

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies - On Sugar Mountain

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

Via Sally’s Baking Addiction

3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
2 tsp cornstarch
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups (just shy of one bag) semisweet chocolate chips

1. Cream butter and both sugars with hand mixer (or Kitchen Aid) until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla until well incorporated.

2. On lowest setting, beat in flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt. Stir in chocolate chips.

3. Refrigerate dough for at least 30 minutes. Before taking dough out to scoop, preheat oven to 350 degrees and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper

4. Scoop out rounded tablespoons of cookie dough and place on prepared cookie sheet, leaving about 1 1/2 for spreading.

5. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Do not bake longer than 1o minutes. Let cool on pan for 3 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

Makes 2 1/2 – 3 dozen cookies

All Photos And Writing Copyright © 2013 Jessica Gonzalez | On Sugar Mountain

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  • Sally

    Written on January 24, 2013

    Of course we are buds. :) So glad you made these cookies and thank you for all the sweet words about my photography post and about my photographs. It was so nice to read! I need an inside photo studio set up like yours!

  • Curry and Comfortc

    Written on January 25, 2013

    First of all congratulations on your internship!! Sounds very cool! Can’t wait to see and hear more about that. :)

    Second… I am just as obsessed with learning more about food photography and lighting. Who knew that it was such a big deal right. I thought it was all about the food and camera. I saw that post by Taylor a while back and almost bought a flood light like that. I actually bought a cowboy studio lighting set up recommended by Spicie Foodie. I had to get a stronger light bulb and got two reflectors. I love finding out how bloggers take their photos…. so this is so cool. :)

    Third…. I would dive through the screen if I could get two of those cookies… who am I kidding… maybe 3-4 of them. :)

    Have a great weekend my friend. :)

    • Jess @ On Sugar Mountain

      Written on January 26, 2013

      Thanks Ramona!

      I figured the cowboy studio one needed stronger lights! I liked the one my mom lent me but I ended up going with this set up since it seemed easier to just convert my desk into a studio. Now that I write that I realize it’s SO not easier lol.

  • Mandie

    Written on January 26, 2013

    Ah! So many congratulations! First off, on your internship, that is beyond wonderful! I’m so glad that you’re going to be doing something you love and I definitely have to take a look at Feastie.com :).

    Second, love the idea of the indoor lighting. Especially as students/employees that have to work all the time and baking can only be done past the peak of natural light. I’ll definitely have to look into making one of those contraptions for myself!

    Third these cookies look amazing! I love how puffy they look. Yum!

    • Jess @ On Sugar Mountain

      Written on January 26, 2013

      Thanks so much Mandie!

      Definitely check out Taylor Takes a Taste. Tons of awesome hints and McGuyver-ish tricks for photography lighting on the cheap. I’m super happy with how this worked out :)

  • A Sweet Baker

    Written on January 27, 2013

    Hi Jess! I got your message and now I’m following back :) Thanks so much for the lighting set-up tips….will check them out. As for the cookies, I was going to try cornstarch in mine too because I had read it at Sally’s blog. Good to know it works! Hope to chat again! :)

  • Leah

    Written on January 29, 2013

    This is a great post! I’ve also seen the lighting set-up on Taylor Takes a Taste but it’s great to see someone else recreate it. You’ve definitely convinced me to go buy one of those lamps! Thanks for sharing. :)

  • The Domestic Rebel

    Written on January 30, 2013

    Yesss! I love adding cornstarch to my cookie recipes. It makes those cookies so stinkin’ plush and perfect for me to eat. And congrats on your internship!!

  • Sarah

    Written on July 1, 2015

    I just wanted you to know that this is my new favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. It makes the most perfect cookies! Sometimes I add in some skor toffee bits and dried cherries. Thank you so much for this recipe. Keep up the good bloggin!


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