The pros: Trader Joe's White Chocolate Baking Chips will stand up to most cookie recipes and keep their shape. While I enjoy a good white chocolate bar more, these were well done baking chips.
The cons: This is a seasonal item, so if you discover you like these then understand they are not on shelves forever.
The verdict: While I don't use white baking chips quite as often as chocolate chips, I do find them to be a beautiful contrast to regular chocolate. We are coming into the time of year where having the oven on is often a welcome thing given the shift in the weather.
It's cookie season in my household and I love to bake. Baking chips are the way to go. I've tried to cut up chocolate bars to very mixed results. While the flavor was always good, the presentation with regular chocolate can sometimes be lacking after a bit of time in the oven. That is not the case here. Now, can you put these into any cookie that requires chocolate chips? Yes. Did I post my own recipe? Yes. I love the contrast of regular chocolate to white chocolate. If you are into pillowy soft cookies, then give it a try. Each recipe calls for half a bag. And yes, you can double the recipe to make sure you won't have any leftovers to put away.
These chips are sweeter than regular chocolate chips, but are a pretty good baking type of chocolate that I would reach for. I've tried cutting up white chocolate to substitute for baking chips and the results were less than ideal. Frequently I noticed the white chocolate would caramelize or not be white at all. Needless to say this wasn't a problem with these. For $2.29 these are pretty much priced in line with what you might pay on sale for a bag of chocolate chips. I liked these and I'll probably pick up another bag or two before they are gone for the season.
Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:
The bag of Trader Joe's White Chocolate Baking Chips:
The nutritional information:
There are no recipes on this package which is kind of a bummer. So you'll either have a recipe in mind or you can follow the one posted below.
Become Betty's Awesome Soft Chocolate Cookies
- 8 tbsp salted butter melted
- ½ cup white sugar I prefer Trader Joe's Organic Sugar
- ¼ cup brown sugar packed
- 1 egg give it a quick mix before putting it in
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 pinch salt
- ¾ cup white baking chips I used Trader Joe's White Baking Chips
- Preheat oven to 325F
- Melt butter in a covered bowl in the microwave. I found 45 seconds to be about the right amount of time. You only want it melted and not bubbling.
- Add both sugars and melted butter and combine in a mixing bowl. I used an electric mixer to make this. To me, it wasn't worth dirtying my Kitchenaid stand mixer.
- Once butter and sugars are combined add egg and vanilla and mix until just incorporated. Please don't over mix.
- Add flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt into the bowl and mix until it forms a dough. Once again, please don't over mix. Just mix long enough so the ingredients are combined, form a dough, and there is no dry ingredients up the sides of your mixing bowl.
- Add chocolate chips and combine.
- With a medium cookie scoop (or roll in your hands) place cookies on cookie sheet lined with parchment or a silpat. You should get about 15 cookies. These cookies will spread slightly, so please leave about 1-2" between each row.
- Bake for 9-12 minutes. They key here is to not over bake them. Chocolate cookies are a bit tough to tell when they are done. When in doubt, stop at the 12 minute mark.
- Allow to sit and cool on cookie sheet for about 30 minutes to both cool and become more solid. If you rush this and place them on a cooling rack you'll have a mess.
- Enjoy with a glass of your favorite milk and enjoy. Sharing might be caring, but can be optional as well.
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After being baked in the above recipe you get:
Would I buy this again? Yes, I might stock up on a couple of Trader Joe's White Chocolate Baking Chips before they are gone for the season. They did the job that was asked of them without losing their shape or much of their color.
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