Tired of your cookies coming out too crispy, undercooked, or unpredictable? Try some of these tips!
If there is one food that can calm the kids, mend fights with friends, or brighten someone's bad day, its got to be the cookie. In fact, you could argue that cookies might just be the recipe for world peace. However, if you're a budding baker, you might find that a cookie recipe is more likely to start a war than end one. That's why we've got a few crucial tips to help take the edge off of baking these little life savers.
Measure Twice, Bake Once
Some parts of baking require a little science, so make sure not to screw it up by getting your tablespoons confused with your teaspoons. Nothing is worse than wondering why your cookies never solidified or turned into paperweights while in the oven.
While the recipe might call for "eggs," that's a bit deceiving. Ever take a trip down the egg aisle at your local store? They come in all kinds of sizes from extra small to jumbo. Because baking is a science and measurements are absolutely crucial, choosing the wrong egg can turn a fantastic cookie into an inedible hockey puck or crumbling mess. While they might not say it, baking recipes almost always call for large eggs, so be sure to grab those if you're planning on whipping up a batch of your favorite cookies.
The Science of Baking
If it's worth doing, it's worth not over doing! Thin and chewy cookies, such as your standard chocolate chip cookies are often slightly under-baked. Reason being? Often when these cookies are done in the oven, they will be overdone after they rest for a while because of residual heat. Follow the cooking time on the recipe, but then use your best judgment if you think they look severely underdone.
Leave an inch or two of space between cookies when baking, and this will ensure that cookies don't spread into each other, leaving you with the dreaded cookie blob.
Time Saving Tip
If you're the kind of person who wants to have fresh cookies on hand for people who just want to swing by (and presumably eat your food), but you don't want to spend all that effort making dough every time, try this trick. Pick a day to create several batches of roll cookies (such as sugar cookies, gingersnaps, etc.), but instead of baking them all at once, roll the dough into a tube and tightly wrap with wax paper. Label the wax paper with the kind of cookie and then place into a large zip-top bag. Now freeze the dough. When the house-crashers come over, simply thaw the dough on the counter until soft enough to slice, then bake. Voila, fresh cookies in no time flat.
Warning: This could result in more unwanted house guests if word gets out that you're serving hot, fresh cookies. Use your new-found superpower with discretion.
Now, armed with your favorite cookie recipes, you can go forth and improve the quality of life around you. Or if you need some ideas, check out these cookie recipes or Tablespoon’s Quick Mix Cookie Recipe Collection
and get baking!
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