Baking cookies really isn’t as simple as all those feelgood movies would have you believe. You have to mix them right, bake them perfectly and treat them correctly or they’ll just turn into an inedible mess. What you don’t know about cookies could easily be ruining your homemade desserts. Learn all the tricks of perfect cookie making instead, and prepare to impress all your family and friends.
When mixing up your cookie batter, always start with the eggs first. Get them whipped and well-mixed before you add any other ingredient. Usually, all wet ingredients are mixed together first before the dry ingredients (such as flour and sugar) are added. Mix your batter well, and always mix it thoroughly before you add chocolate chips or candies.
To that end, never skimp on your chocolate chips. And if you haven’t got any chocolate chips, another kind of candy or nuts will work very well. Peanuts are great in peanut butter cookies , and coated candies work wonderfully as a substitute for the traditional chocolate chips. Generally, the ratio of is about 1 cup of chips or candy to 2 cups of batter. You can always add more if desired; it’s very hard to have too many chocolate chips in your cookies.
A Perfect Pour
The consistency of your cookie batter should be about the same as peanut butter, with a little wiggle room in either side. A runny cookie batter will only lose shape in the oven and you’ll end up with a flat cookie sheet instead of actual cookies. Very stiff cookies will bake up dense, instead of soft and fluffy. If your batter is too runny, add more flour. Too stiff, add melted butter.
Placing cookies on the cookie sheet is absolutely critical, and this is where many people experience their first trouble. Scoop no more than a tablespoon of batter at a time, and place no more than four cookies in a row on the sheet. On average, you’ll have about three rows of four cookies to place (roughly) 12 cookies on a sheet. Place cookies evenly on the sheet so there is space all the way around each one, at least an inch on all sides.
The Baking Secret
The trickiest part of making cookies is baking them. Cookies behave differently in the oven, and they’ll change the minute they’re taken out of there. Most cookies bake for no more than 15 minutes, and some may be done after only 6 minutes have passed.
And the secret? Many cookies don’t become brown in the oven; this doesn’t happen until they are removed and exposed to cooler air. You can’t look at a cookie to know if it’s finished baking. You must take a toothpick and insert it straight into the center of the cookie. Remove the toothpick. When it’s perfectly clean, the cookie is ready to come out of the oven.
Allow your cookies to cool and brown before you remove them from the sheet, and then allow them to finish cooling before placing them in a storage container or decorating them. Once you can master a basic cookie recipe, like chocolate chip , you’ll have all the skills you need to create more complex cookie creations. The basic rules for all cookies are the same. Master them, and you can bake all sorts of amazing cookies.