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.
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