Mistake: When cookies turn out flat, the bad guy is often butter that is too soft or even melted. This makes cookies spread. The other culprit is too little flour—don’t hold back and make sure you master measuring. Finally, cookies will also flatten if placed and baked on hot cookie sheets.
9 Tips to Remember
- Use Real Butter and Keep It Cool. The low melting point of butter may be what makes your cookies flat. …
- Use Shortening. …
- Chill Dough Twice. …
- Use Parchment Paper or a Silicone Liner. …
- Measure Precisely. …
- Use Fresh Baking Soda. …
- Use Optional Add-Ins. …
- Buy an Oven Thermometer.
- Decrease the amount of butter and sugar.
- Use shortening instead of butter, or a combination of the two if you don’t want to sacrifice that buttery flavor.
- Add an egg to the dough.
- Use cake flour or pastry flour.
Make sure cookies cool completely before storing. Store them at room temperature in an air-tight container, like Tupperware. Store different flavors separately. Over time, strongly flavored cookies like molasses or mint will seep into other cookies, so if possible store each flavor in its own container.
|Cookie cut after baking are the__ or___ method||bar, sheet|
|Twice-baked cookies made with the bar method are ___||biscotti|
|Biscotti means ___||baked twice|
|What cookies are iced in the pan where they are baked?||sheet|
Place one baking sheet at a time onto center rack of preheated 350 degree F oven. Bake until cookies are golden around the edges, still have pale tops, and are soft in the center, about 8 to 10 minutes. (Do not overbake! They will firm up more during cooling.)
When a light-colored cookie is done, it should hold its shape. However, it may look a bit puffy or soft in the center, too. This is normal and simply means that the cookie may continue baking on the sheet and rack once removed from the oven.
Ultimately, the scientific reason you should never bake cookies on a foil-lined baking sheet is simple: The parts of your cookie dough that come in direct contact with the foil are exposed to more concentrated heat than the rest of your cookies, thanks to aluminum’s natural conductor properties.
A secret baker’s trick is to rest your cookie dough in the fridge. You can rest it for at least an hour, which will evaporate some of the water and increase the sugar content, helping to keep your cookies chewy. The longer you allow your dough to rest in the fridge, the chewier your cookies will be.
350° is the standard temp for a cookie, and it’s a great one. Your cookies will bake evenly and the outside will be done at the same time as the inside. Baking at 325° also results in an evenly baked cookie, but the slower cooking will help yield a chewier cookie. The outsides will be a little softer, too.
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). …
- Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
- In a medium bowl, cream together the melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar until well blended. …
- Bake for 15 to 17 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges are lightly toasted.