How to Make the Perfect Cookie

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How to Make the Perfect Cookie

By The Paula Deen Test Kitchen

We all know there’s no such thing as a bad cookie. We’ve all baked a batch that wasn’t quite what we hoped for. Too flat, too fat, too burnt; no matter which way the cookie crumbled, let Paula’s test kitchen helps you solve that cookie crisis!


Problem: Under baked cookie in a too cool oven: now this cookie has happened to even the best bakers of our bunch. Luckily the pale-faced cookie is a problem easily solved.

Solution: Make sure to give your oven enough time to pre-heat before adding your tasty creations to the hot rack (20 minutes should suffice). To be truly safe you should use an inexpensive oven thermometer to make sure the ovens are at the right temperature.



Problem: Over-baked cookie in a too hot oven: an over-baked cookie will be dry, dark brown, and burnt on the bottom, and underdone on the inside, leaving an unpleasant texture and bitter aftertaste.

Solution: The best way to beat this problem is to use an oven thermometer for accurate temperature gauging and to set a timer a few minutes before the recipes states so you can closely monitor your cookies as they finish baking.


Problem: The over-mixed cookie (aka the mutant cookie): this cookie crinkles, spreads too far, bakes flat, and has a greasy appearance.

Solution: Be sure to only mix for 30 seconds after adding the last scoop of dry ingredients and just until you see no more white specks of flour in the batter.


Problem: Not enough flour cookie: this cookie does not have enough structure to hold itself together so it spreads out on the sheet pan during baking and burns because of it’s thinness.

Solution: Make sure you accurately measure your ingredients when baking. Paula likes the scoop and level method when measuring her dry ingredients for an accurate result.


Perfect cookie! The perfect cookie will be lightly browned on top and bottom with a pleasant chewy texture.

Try your hand at cookie baking with one of Paula’s favorite cookie recipes.

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By Cathie Snelson on January 15, 2014


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By linda wells on December 15, 2013


Thank you Paula for all of your tips. Love to watch you cook. Thanks again and Merry Christmas to you and Yours!

By Linda Green on December 14, 2013


Paula, you are the best!! I love the hints you gave us for cookies. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Maybe, 2014 will be kinder to all of us. Sincerely, Ada Glover

By Ada Glover on December 14, 2013


Thank you for all the cooking tips. I always wait for the light on the stove panel goes out before putting the food in the oven. That way I thought I was sure the oven was heated to the right temperature. Now I will buy myself that cheap thermometer. Again thank you for everything. Merry Christmas and a very Happy and Healthy New Year.

By maryann smith on December 14, 2013


Paula, please come back to TV. I miss you somethin terrible. Great cookie tips.

By John Butare on December 12, 2013


Thank you very much for this great information. I baked a batch of choc. chip cookies a few days ago and overcooded them. They tasted just okay and were too crispy. They got hard after a few days.

By Irene on December 12, 2013


Just got a Kitchen Aid mixer had to name it Paula. I miss watching you on tv (can't afford cable) so I just keep up with you on my phone. Love you Paula, time to go make cookies.

By Anonymous on December 12, 2013


I would like cookies respect book it is sell? Thank darlene

By darlene chuto on December 12, 2013


so good to see Paula again! Great tips

By Dianne on December 12, 2013


Miss Paula, I strive for perfection everytime I bake. However, I have never really understood the mistakes until now. I feel I may make a cookie worthy of being a Grandma, thanks to you.

By Janice on December 12, 2013


This is nothing about the cookie tips.....but I am glad to have those. I was wondering if you are working on or coming out with a Diabetic cookbook soon? I have a few friends that have Diabetes and love having them over for dinner, just hoping for great cookbook from you that I can make some fabulous dishes for them with. I have most of your other cookbooks and love them! Hoping to add another. Have a blessed Christmas! Tracie

By Tracie on December 12, 2013


Thanks for the tips. Still love ya!

By Jenny Dichard on December 11, 2013


I love Paula Deen cookbooks and cooking keep up the great work!! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy and Safe New Year!!

By Janice Cataldi on December 11, 2013


thanks paula for the tips on cookies.,but i need an easy butter cookie and peanutbutter cookie reciept.

By mary dunn on December 11, 2013


Hope your Christmas holidays are filled with love and happiness!

By LYNETTE PATTON on December 11, 2013


Hi Paula, I am so glad that you are back!!! I hope you get your own network and become a bigger success then in the past!! I would love to go on one of your cruises but can not figure out how to book it. Happy Holidays and a very happy 2014!!

By mary viniotis on December 11, 2013


Love your show…and love the food you make. Also good comments on how to bake the perfect cookie.

By Delores Edwards on December 11, 2013


Thanks for the tips! This is the first year I'll be doing a bunch of baking. Wish me luck smile

By Lisa on December 11, 2013


Paula wishing you and the family a very Merry Christmas

By Judy Myers on December 11, 2013

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