I've been having this problem for a while so I thought I would ask for some help. This really applies to other cookies besides the chocolate chip; I have this problem with sugar cookies also. So every time I make cookies I get this fluffy cakey chocolate chip cookie. I've been following measurements to a T, sifting flour before I measure, sifting flour after I measure, or not sifting at all. Over the years I have tried something like 30 different recipes including the Nestle Chocolate chip and the Big, Fat, Chewy cookie recipe on allrecipes.com. I try different variations of the same recipe before I move to the next. I change things like the ingredients I use, changing temperatures, using room temperature butter and eggs, and refrigerating dough before baking it. They always, ALWAYS come out super cakey like this: http://www.thebakerupstairs.com/2013/10/bakery-style-pumpkin-chocolate-chip.html instead of chewy like this: http://www.beckybakes.net/2010/05/28/crispy-chewy-chocolate-chip-cookies/
Has anyone had this problem and found the solution? And does anyone have a recipe that turns out chewy and could you also include the brands of the ingredients.
P.S. We can't eat shortening so please no recipes with that in it.
Thanks in advance!