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When baking cookies, there are many things to consider. Find out what they are here with my “10 Tips for THE Perfect Cookie.“
As you know we are getting close to the holidays, and you will have spectacular results if you follow these tips and use my cookie recipe.
Do this and you will be a hit at all your gatherings. Enjoy!
The best way to bake perfect cookies is to follow these simple steps:
1. Choose the Right Ingredients
To make sure your cookies turn out perfectly, use only high-quality ingredients. This includes flour, sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla extract, and salt. If you add too much of any ingredient, your cookie will not taste as good.
When baking cookies, there are two main ingredients that determine whether the cookie turns out perfectly baked. These two ingredients are butter and eggs. Butter adds moisture to the dough while eggs add structure. If you want to create the perfect cookie, use both ingredients.
2. Measure Everything Carefully
It’s also important to measure everything carefully when making cookies. You need to weigh the flour, sugar, and other ingredients so you can ensure the right proportions are used.
If you want them to be soft and chewy, use less flour than if you want them to be crisp and crunchy. Also, remember to preheat the oven before adding ingredients. And lastly, always grease cookie sheets properly.
3. Mix the Dough Properly
After measuring the dry ingredients, mix them together with the butter using either a mixer or by hand. Make sure the dough is well mixed and not lumpy. If you are using a mixer, use the dough hook for the best results.
When baking cookies, there are two things you should always remember: 1) Make sure to mix the dough properly; 2) Always use a cookie scoop to portion out the dough. If you don’t, you’ll end up with uneven baked cookies.
If the dough seems too sticky, add more flour until it becomes workable.
4. Let the Cookies Rest
Once the dough has been formed into balls, place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 12 minutes.
When baking cookies, let them rest at least 15 minutes after removing them from the oven. If you try to eat them too soon, they won’t be soft enough. Also, if you use a cookie sheet, you should place the cookies directly onto the pan, rather than placing them on top of each other.
5. Bake at the Correct Temperature
When baking cookies, there are two things you should keep in mind: temperature and timing. First, you want to use a thermometer to ensure that your oven is set to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius).
Second, you want to allow the dough to rest before baking. If you try to bake the cookie dough immediately after mixing it, the dough will be too soft and won’t hold its shape.
Baking your cookies at too high a temperature will burn them before they set up. This means that when you take them out of the oven, they will still be soft.
You should also avoid baking them too cold because they won’t spread properly. Make sure you pre-heat the oven before you place the cookies in there.
6. Use the Right Size Baking Sheet
The size of the baking sheet will determine the size of your cookies. If you use a cookie sheet that is too small, then your cookies will run together and will not bake evenly, and they are hard to separate when this happens. Hince, you will end up with funny shaped cookies that you won’t be able to decorate.
If you use too big of a cookie sheet this could lead to your cookies spreading out too much and this may cause them to burn.
7. Cool Cookies Before Decorating Them
When you remove hot cookies from the oven, the cookie dough will still be incredibly soft. So, it is best to place them on a cooling rack. Let them completely cool before decorating them with frosting or icing.
If the cookies are warm and you attempt to frost or ice them, you will end up with a mess! The frosting or icing will simply run off the cookies.
8. Cornstarch Instead of Extra Flour
It is better to use cornstarch instead of flour if you need your cookie dough thicker. Flour can toughen cookies, but cornstarch won’t change the texture of your dough at all!
Adding too much flour will cause your cookies to be heavy and dense, changing the delicious flavor and texture of the cookies.
9. Plan for Holiday Cookies
If you are cooking cookies for any event, it is best to decide which cookies you plan to serve and if they require decorating with frosting, icing, or just sprinkles.
Did you know that most cookie dough can be made ahead of time and left in the fridge over night? Or you can make a batch of your favorite cookies and freeze them until you are ready to decorate them.
Cookie dough can be kept in the freezer for about 3 months. If not used within the 3-month period, it will lose some of its freshness.
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10. Parchment Paper Please
If you have never used parchment when baking cookies, you don’t know what you are missing! When I discovered parchment paper a few years back, I was amazed at the ease of using it and most of all the quick clean-up.
Once you use parchment paper for baking your cookies, you will wonder how you have survived without it all these years. I know I did!
This stuff is the best invention since the wheel!
Conclusion of 10 Tips to THE Perfect Cookie
I hope you enjoyed my “10 Tips for THE Perfect Cookie” article and feel that you are ready to bake any cookie you would like too.
You are about to be on your way to baking the best cookies you ever thought possible. And quite possibly the envy of some of your guests. 😉
Now that you have all these tips to help you get started on your baking, you need to head on over to “Nana’s Best Holiday Butter Cookies” for the ultimate experience in awesome cookie goodness. This will be the only cookie recipe cutouts you will ever need. Great for any cookie you would like to cut out.
I would love to hear from you, so please leave a comment below. Also, let me know if you make these cookies and how they turned out for you. How about some photos too?
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