Tracey, a reader in Washington, tried out my Chocolate & Chipotle Cookies and had this to say:
“OK Fred ... I mean Greg (inside joke) I finally got my cinnamon chocolate chips I ordered, made these cookies and I have to say I HATE YOU!!!! OMG they are so good, the heat is perfect and even tho while making them I thought you had lost your mind adding so much cinnamon but WOW!!! The only thing I did different is I flattened them slightly with a glass as I am not a fan of puffy cookies, just a quirk of mine. The crispy outside combined with the chewy inside HEAVEN!!!!! I had a nice Merlot that went with them perfectly!!!”
Ha! Thanks, April...er, um...Tracey. (And thanks for the "Hole Mole" subtitle!) I'm so glad you liked them. And that's a good tip about flattening the dough balls a little before baking. This is a trick I used when I made my White Chocolate Macaroons and with about half of the Chocolate & Chipotle Cookies I made, including the ones in the picture above.
Flattening the dough balls a little before you bake them allows you to customize the look and texture of your cookies. Try it the next time you bake. Flattened cookies have a little more of an exterior crunch than nonflattened cookies, but the interiors of both kinds remain perfectly chewy.