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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies and Melt Review


A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Melanie over at Melt.  I had commented on I Can Cook That’s recipe for Skinny Pumpkin Cookies, where she had used Melt.  I previously had not heard of Melt, but was very intrigued by it.  Any way to bake with less guilt has my name all over it!  So when Melanie wanted to know if I would like to review the product, I was thrilled!  A few days later I received 2 containers in the mail, and I set to work immediately.


In case you have not heard of Melt before this is what it is; Melt is a butter substitute that is a rich source of medium chain fatty acids (the "good" fats) that your body burns as energy instead of storing as fat, thereby boosting metabolism.  Each organic ingredient in Melt has been carefully chosen so that Melt tastes delicious and supports healthy weight when replacing other fats in your daily diet.  It’s also organic, gluten-free, cholesterol free, carb free, soy free, trans fat free and certified kosher.

Melt contains virgin coconut oil, flax seed oil, palm fruit oil, and canola oil -- all healthy cooking oils and "good fats." Typical buttery spreads are made of hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils, which have been linked to obesity, heart disease, etc. Melt also has 50% of the saturated fat and fewer calories than butter. Be sure to check out Melt’s website for more facts, great recipes, and to find out where you can purchase Melt. 

A perfect opportunity presented itself to use Melt when my parents came to visit.  My Dad is a sucker for Chocolate Chip Cookies.  We have been making the same recipe since I was a very small child.  I wanted to branch out and try something new.  I had my eye on this recipe by Annie’s Eats. What better time to give it a try.  I have since tried this with regular butter as well.  I can honestly say, I prefer the ones made with Melt.  I think they were softer and chewier for longer, and they seemed to bake up better for me.  And the true tester, my Dad, thought they were great!  This will be the true test if he actually reads my blog :)  I am sure I will hear about trying to trick him! 

I have since used Melt in a recipe for Blondies (sorry forgot pics, so I won’t be posting those), as well as savory dishes where I would normally use a little butter.  This weekend I had it on a piece of toast, and it was delicious.  To be fair, I never use real butter on toast, I always use Country Crock Spread.  I still have a little bit of Melt left, and I am currently trying to figure out how I can have it survive the move to Colorado.  I don’t want to lose it! 

Thank you Melt for the opportunity to try this product.  I really was impressed, and recommend it to anyone! 


Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Adapted from Annie’s Eats

2 cups plus 2 Tbls flour
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
12 Tbls Melt, melted and cooled until warm
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup sugar
1  egg plus 1 egg yolk
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 ½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips


Preheat oven 325°. 

Combine dry ingredients together; set aside.  Mix butter and sugars until combined.  Beat in the egg, yolk, and vanilla until combined.  Add dry ingredients and beat until just combined.  Stir in chocolate chips by hand.

Roll about ½ cup of dough into a ball.  Holding dough ball in fingertips of both hands, pull apart into two equal halves.  Rotate halves 90 degrees and, with jagged surfaces facing up, place formed dough onto cookie sheet, leaving ample room between each ball.  Bake until cookies are light golden brown and outer edges start to harden yet centers are still soft and puffy (approximately 11-14 minutes).  Do not overbake.

Cool cookies on sheets for a few minutes.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool. 


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29 Comments:

At November 9, 2011 at 7:51 AM , Blogger Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

I've never heard of Melt, I'll have to look for it at the store next time I'm there. These cookies look amazing!!! You can tell that they're gonna be soft and chewy. YUM!! I love all the recipes I've tried from Annie, she's the best!

 
At November 9, 2011 at 7:57 AM , Blogger Shannon said...

Those chocolate chip cookies look perfect!!

 
At November 9, 2011 at 8:09 AM , OpenID healthyfoodietravels said...

Wow, those look just perfect! Chewy is my favorite kind! :)
Very cool product review, I'm definitely trying to be guilt-free :)

 
At November 9, 2011 at 8:58 AM , Anonymous Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie said...

My perfect cookie is thick and chewy! And I have never heard of Melt, but I am going to find some!

 
At November 9, 2011 at 9:25 AM , Blogger Sandra said...

Ohh yummy...look fantastic, Erin! I Love big chewy cookies!:))

 
At November 9, 2011 at 9:40 AM , Anonymous Jen said...

I was really excited until I got to the part where it still contains butter, and I'm not allowed to eat dairy at the moment. :(
Those cookies look delicious though!

 
At November 9, 2011 at 9:41 AM , Anonymous kita said...

Baking with less guilt? Chocolate chip cookies? Um, heaven much?

 
At November 9, 2011 at 10:17 AM , Anonymous Lacy said...

Mmm chewy cookies are my fav! And the fact that they're not too terrible for you, awesome! I'm yet to see Melt in any stores but I'm going to have to keep my eye out for it. Great recipe!

 
At November 9, 2011 at 10:57 AM , Blogger Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

perfect cookies - I will look out for Melt!
Mary x

 
At November 9, 2011 at 11:04 AM , Blogger Cassie//Bake Your Day said...

This is my go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe too. I love baking illustrated! I will definitely be trying this Melt product...I eat way too much butter with all the baking I do!

 
At November 9, 2011 at 12:29 PM , Anonymous RavieNomNoms said...

Heck yes! Thick AND chewy? Sign me up!

 
At November 9, 2011 at 12:34 PM , Blogger Carolyn said...

I've heard about melt, it looks like a great product. And your cookies are beautiful!

 
At November 9, 2011 at 1:11 PM , Blogger Steph said...

I am a sucker for chocolate chip cookies!These sound so yummy!!

 
At November 9, 2011 at 2:10 PM , OpenID warmvanillasugar said...

These cookies sound so yummy!

 
At November 9, 2011 at 2:12 PM , Blogger Cooking for My Kids said...

I really think that I might need to go make these right now. They look perfect!

 
At November 9, 2011 at 2:16 PM , Blogger The Kitchen Noob said...

My wife and I have come to the realization (and admission) that we have no self control when it comes to sweets. I wish this product was available in our area, so we can eat somewhat guilt-free cookies like this!

 
At November 9, 2011 at 2:39 PM , Blogger Dee at Deelicious Sweets said...

This is my go to chocolate chip cookie recipe. I have never heard of Melt. Good review!

 
At November 9, 2011 at 3:40 PM , Anonymous claire @ the realistic nutritionist said...

Oh I love this!! I always mess up my chocolate chip cookies, they come out so flat. These look perfect!

 
At November 9, 2011 at 3:44 PM , Blogger Jennifer said...

Nothing beats chocolate chip cookies - interesting butter sub.

 
At November 9, 2011 at 5:50 PM , Anonymous Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. said...

This is exactly how I like my chocolate chip cookies...thick and chewy! Would love to eat some of these along with a big glass of milk!

 
At November 9, 2011 at 6:50 PM , Blogger Erin said...

I'd like 4 right now please! =o)

 
At November 9, 2011 at 7:55 PM , Blogger Cooking for My Kids said...

And...I did go make them for an after-school snack for my littles. YUMMY!!!

 
At November 10, 2011 at 12:02 AM , Blogger Ann said...

I'm thrilled that you liked it! The cookies look delicious!

 
At November 10, 2011 at 2:33 AM , Blogger Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

I've never heard of Melt before but it's great that taster actually better than actual butter. You can have one more extra cookies because of that. ;-) I like that idea... hehee.

 
At November 10, 2011 at 12:42 PM , Anonymous Elyse @The Cultural Dish said...

I love chewy cookies! They look so delicious! I've never had melt before either but definitely sounds interesting

 
At November 10, 2011 at 5:53 PM , Blogger Curry and Comfort said...

Melt...huh? Well these looks like they would melt in my mouth! Awesome looking cookies. :)

 
At November 11, 2011 at 2:35 AM , Anonymous Alida said...

I have never heard of Melt, but I like everything you say about it. These cookies look amazing!

 
At November 13, 2011 at 10:56 PM , OpenID overtimecook.com said...

I've never heard of melt, but as someone who bakes almost exclusively non-dairy, I am excited to read about it. (And I am excited to see that it is kosher.) I will look into it, as I am unhappy using margarine as a butter substitute.

 
At November 14, 2011 at 7:47 PM , Blogger Amalia said...

They really do look thick and chewy! I can just imagine the smell-YUM!

 

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