Thursday, March 31, 2011

Fixing a Flat Cookie

The pictures don't do a great job of illustrating my tips, but know that there is a difference in the cookies, even if the photo doesn't show it.

Do you ever get flat cookies and you have no idea why?  After all, you followed the recipe exactly.

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Let me give you a couple tips I have learned through trial and error.

First off, use real butter, not margarine. If you use margarine, you will have a flat cookie. Second, let your butter soften naturally. Do not use the microwave. I don't understand the science of it all, but there is a noticable difference.

If you find that your first batch is flat, there is no need to fear.

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You can thicken up your cookies. All you have to do is add some flour. I might add just a 1/4 of a cup to see if that does the trick.

I made at least 20 dozen cookies last week and was weak and didn't follow some of my own advice on the microwave (only on one of the batches). I noticed right away the problem and added some flour. I made sure to blend thoroughly.

1st batch:

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Add flour batch:

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Side-by-side comparison:

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Can you see the difference. I promise, there was one. Now if you find you've added too much flour, no problem. Just add another egg to even it out. I learned this trick from a BYU-Idaho head baker.

Give it a try and let me know how it goes.

6 comments:

laura@imnotatrophywife.com said...

thanks for the suggestions!

Tanya said...

Mmm, I love them slightly underbaked, and collapsed flat on themselves, but I'll keep your tips in mind when baking for others (=

Sadie said...

Great suggestion! :) Thanks for sharing.

Sadie
randomosityblog.com

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

thanks for the tip!! this ALWAYS happens to me :-/

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Sweet Peas and Bumblebees said...

Thanks for the tips!!

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