Copycat State Fair Cookies Recipe
If you go to the Minnesota State Fair, you’re probably familiar with Sweet Martha’s Cookies.
Getting a bucket of these melt-in-your-mouth cookies is on most fair-goers’ bucket lists.
But guess what?
You don’t have to go to the fair – and you don’t have to wait until August in Minnesota – to enjoy these bite-sized cookies.
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.
About The Recipe
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.
Tips: 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)
- Use a Silpat or parchment paper when baking
- Under-bake them ever so slightly
- Serve them warm with a glass of milk
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 in Minnesota?
How To Make Cake Flour And Bread Flour
This is a general guide for making cake flour and bread flour at home, so you can avoid buying it in the store.
- Cake flour: Measure out one cup of all-purpose flour. Remove two tablespoons of flour, set aside, and replace with two tablespoons of corn starch.
- Bread flour: Measure out one cup of all-purpose flour. Add 1/4 teaspoon fine grain salt and 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder.
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- 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 white granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 egg yolks
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 cups chocolate chips
- 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 addition. 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.
- *Some readers reported better results baking the cookies at 375F instead of 350F. This results in a cookie that is more crispy on the outside with a slightly soft center.