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  • Totally Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

    is the butter in Nigella's recipe for Totally Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies salted or unsalted?

    From the nigella team:

    The butter in all of Nigella's recipes is unsalted, unless it is specifically listed as salted. So in Nigella's Totally Chocolate Choclate Chip Cookies (from Nigella Express and also on the Nigella website) you should use unsalted butter. Nigella includes a note on using unsalted butter in the introduction to her books.

    Most cooks prefer to use unsalted butter in recipes as it leaves them free to adjust the salt levels thmselves. Historically in baking unsalted butter was also preferred as it used to be fresher than the salted variety (as salt acts as a preservative). However with modern refrigeration and supermarkets with high turnover, this is no longer an issue.

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