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.
Dear, Paula Deen
Well I think you are the most amazing person, you are my role model if they took you off from the set I would of died inside your the best cook and I can't waite to see you again
Alexis Conner in Summer Salad Days on December 04, 2013 at 4:59 pm
Paula, I used to watch your show on Food Network a lot when I still had the TV and cable many year ago. You weren't even that big a star back then. I always love watching you cook on Youtube after I ditched my TV and cable and read your recipes on Food Network Magazines. I hope one day you can return to Food Network and the Food Network Magazine. I stop buying the magazine since you were gone.
Orindary Jane in Love at Last on December 04, 2013 at 2:32 am
Great blog Cindy!!!! I always enjoy reading your post. This Thanksgiving centerpiece is absolutely beautiful and so easy to make.
Ann in A Perfectly Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece on December 03, 2013 at 8:10 pm
Paula, made your Zucchini Custard Casserole for Thanksgiving and it was Fantastic!!! Thank you so much! Love you & your family. Happy holidays!
Pat Walker in Love at Last on December 02, 2013 at 8:45 pm