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7 Calorie-Free Ways to Upgrade Chocolate Chip Cookies

While always a classic, the chocolate chip cookie can occasionally need an update. These swaps aim to enhance the flavor of your cookies without adding any more calories to the recipe you're already using. Experiment and get new depths of flavor with our tricks and tips to change things around without packing in extra calories.

Sea Salt A sprinkle of sea salt atop cookies will not only add a new dimension to the flavor, it also makes for a beautiful presentation. Try it in: Crunchy-Chewy Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Use Chopped Dark Chocolate Dark chocolate's deeper flavor means you need to use less, and switching from chips to chunks ensures satisfying melty pockets of chocolate spread throughout the cookies. Try it in: Giant Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Brown Butter Browning the butter used in the recipe will add a rich nutty flavor with minimal extra effort. Keep an eye out for the butter's ideal amber-brown stage and delight in the delicious cookies it produces. Try it in: Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Creaming to Add Air When creaming together the sugar and butter, don't just mix until incorporated. Whip it with either a stand mixer or hand mixer for an additional 2 minutes to properly dissolve the sugar and also create tiny air bubbles that will make more airy cookies. Try it in: Sweet and Salty Peanut Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Go All Whole-Wheat By using only whole wheat flour you not only get an extra boost of fiber and protein, but the nutty flavor is the the perfect accompaniment to amplify buttery and chocolaty notes. Try it in: Crunchy-Chewy Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Two Brown Sugars Get the best of both worlds by skipping the regular granulated white sugar and combining dark and light brown sugars to add rich flavor and color. Try it in: Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip, and Pecan Cookies

Add Instant Coffee Sneaking in 1/4 teaspoon of instant coffee granules per dozen cookies doesn't add a coffee flavor, but it does add that extra boost that will make others wonder what the secret ingredient is. Try it in: Lauren's Chocolate Chip Cookies

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