Sunday, March 11, 2007

Baking the Perfect Cookie: A How - To

I've been asked a few times about how when you're baking drop cookies, what do you do to keep them from baking into a big lump. Here's what I do:

1. measure out the dough out onto the pan

2. using your fingers, shape into a more 'roundish' shape

3. Press it down gently so it's slightly flattened. Then bake as usual. They tend to come out nicely round, and not big thick lumps. However since they will be a little thinner, watch the baking time. Usually mine come out at the earliest time written in the recipe (but it depends on your oven, the type of cookie, altitude, etc. )

How can you tell when your cookies are ready? For a drop type, like the ones shown here (Oatmeal Chocolate Chip) I gently touch the cookie with my finger. The top should be neither squishy or hard, but just set. It's at that point where I take them out, and they are perfect every single time.
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