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You Asked For It: Copycat Panera Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Can anyone provide the copycat chocolate chip cookie recipe from Panera? Thank you.

Julia Dromer, Holiday

My taste testers think this Copycat Panera Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe, submitted by Jane Constantine of Bradenton, is pretty close to the original. Warm from the oven, the cookies are soft and chewy; once they cool they become harder. To bring back the softness, microwave them for 10 to 30 seconds; be careful when eating, because they will be hot. These cookies have a deep, intense flavor due to the use of dark brown sugar. Dark brown sugar has more molasses than light brown sugar, giving it a more caramel or toffee taste. If you're not a fan of those flavors, you can use light brown sugar instead (use equal amounts for substitution). Because you freeze the dough, and can keep it frozen for up to three months, you can bake a few cookies at a time rather than the whole batch. The recipe says bake for 15 minutes but mine took 20 to 25 minutes. Check at 15 minutes and go from there until they are baked through.

Recipe requests

Renee Jones of St. Petersburg would like some new recipes for chicken meals on busy nights, preferably baked or grilled dishes, and ones with marinades or sauces.

Is there a recipe you've misplaced or one you fondly remember from your childhood that you can't track down? Tell us about it and we'll see if another reader has it. Send requests to You Asked For It, P.O. Box 1159, Crystal Beach, FL 34681 or email youaskedforit@tampabay.rr.com. Please include your name, city and phone number. Phone numbers will not be published. Recipes tested by Times correspondent Ellen Folkman unless otherwise noted.

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