If you take your cookie eating as seriously as we do, you will find this simple but informative infographic to be the only one you will ever need.

We all have our distinct cookie preferences, whether its soft and chewy or thin and crispy, and while you may have tried one by your favorite bakery that you are absolutely in love with, it may be a mystery to you how to recreate these at home.

Luckily, the wonderful blogger at Handle The Heat has created the perfect four part guide showing how even the tiniest variables can make the greatest difference. For example, have you ever thought about how different your cookies would come out if you used cake flour instead of bread flour? How about if you made your cookies gluten-free?

While Tessa Arias, owner of Handle The Heat, created the series in four parts, she made a great and concise infographic you can take a look at and experiment with.

chocolate chip cookie ingredients

Image via Handle The Heat

From looking at this, not only are you able to get creative in the kitchen and try out new ingredients or techniques (those fluffy coconut oil cookies are calling our name!) but you can also learn how to substitute ingredients to make your recipes healthier or fit your dietary needs.

Take a look at the in-depth analyses to accompany Part One, Part Two, Part Three and finally Part Four and get to experimenting!

Oh yeah, and if you need a reason to eat cookies, you should probably know that tomorrow is National Cookie Day! And on a Friday? Could there be a better day?

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What chocolate chip cookie ingredients and methods are your favorites?