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Copycat State Fair Cookies Recipe

Copycat state fair cookies from Minnesota (Sweet Martha's Cookies)No trip to the Minnesota State Fair is complete without a stop at Sweet Martha’s Cookie Jar. The line is always deep, the crowd enthusiastic, and the cookies fresh from the oven.

A few words to describe the cookies:

  • Bite sized
  • Warm from the oven
  • Somehow crispy and chewy at the same time

In short, they’re just the perfect little chocolate chip cookies. And you don’t have to go to the Minnesota State Fair to appreciate that.

Minnesota State Fair (Sweet Martha's Cookie Jar)

Since the Minnesota State Fair is only around for 12 days, my only option for getting my cookie fix year-round was to come up with a copycat Sweet Martha’s cookie recipe. Thankfully, this wasn’t too hard, thanks to the ever-fabulous New York Times chocolate chip cookie recipe. I made a few small tweaks to the recipe and was very happy with the results.

Copycat Sweet Martha's Cookies recipe

Copycat Sweet Martha’s Cookies

Here are a few notes to get your copycat Sweet Martha’s cookies just right:

  • Load them with chocolate chips
  • Refrigerate the cookie dough overnight (or up to 3 days)
  • Make them small (about half the size of a regular chocolate chip cookie)
  • Under-bake them ever so slightly
  • Serve them warm

A bucket of Sweet Martha's Cookies

Please note: This is not the Sweet Martha’s Cookie Jar recipe. This is an adaption of the New York Times chocolate chip cookie recipe that tastes a lot like Sweet Martha’s cookies. Did you know that Sweet Martha’s cookies are available in the freezer section at select grocery stores?

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Copycat Sweet Martha's Cookies Recipe

Yield: 100+ mini cookies

Prep Time: 15 min

You will save a lot of money by making your own cookies at home. If you have extras, place them in the freezer for a rainy day. Or freeze the dough balls so you can have fresh-from-the-oven cookies whenever you want.

Ingredients:

2 cups minus 2 tablespoons cake flour
1 2/3 cups bread flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons fine grain sea salt
2 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 egg yolks
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups chocolate chips

Directions:

In a large mixing bowl, sift all dry ingredients together. In a separate mixing bowl using a hand mixer, cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each additiona. Add vanilla and mix until incorporated.
Combine dry and wet ingredients. Don't over mix. Add chocolate chips. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to sit in the fridge overnight, or up to 3 days.

When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350F. To get the cookies just the right size, use a standard cookie scooper - then divide that amount in half. Place cookie dough balls evenly onto a baking sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until barely done. You want to under-baked these cookies slightly so they turn out soft and gooey.

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7 Responses to “Copycat State Fair Cookies Recipe”

  1. 1

    violet — August 24, 2013 @ 6:13 am

    Two hundred miles away from the MN State Fair doesn’t make it easy to attend and taste all of the good food. Recipes like this help my cravings quite a bit. Thanks.

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    Karen Harris — August 24, 2013 @ 3:31 pm

    Your photos are beautiful. I’ve never had these cookies, but thankfully I don’t have to get in the car and drive to have them. I’ll just use your recipe. I can’t wait!

  3. 3

    Medora Schou — August 26, 2013 @ 3:51 am

    These cookies look amazing! I always crave Sweet Martha’s especially at this time of the year. I will definitely have to try out this recipe. I really like how you present your food recipes. The napkin, bowl, and drink make the cookies that much better.

    • Haley replied: — August 28th, 2013 @ 3:57 am

      Thanks Medora :) Hope you enjoy!

  4. 4

    Kathy — August 30, 2013 @ 2:58 pm

    These look so good! I’m looking forward to trying it!

  5. 5

    Kat B. — September 10, 2013 @ 1:55 am

    I bet you just can’t have one of these, either!

  6. 6

    Kelly — February 4, 2014 @ 1:54 am

    Just watched the MNSF episode on Bizarre Foods. Haven’t had Sweet Martha’s cookies in… 13 years? Now I need some badly. Thanks for the recipe. :-)

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