Questions about preparing, baking and troubleshooting any cookies (also known as biscuits). Cookies are flat baked sweets which are usually small enough to be hand-held.

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Cooking peanut butter cookies, is there any adjustment using crunchy vs. creamy?

I assume most recipes call for creamy. Should I use more crunchy? Should there be a cooking adjustment for time or temp?
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In peanut butter cookies, what is the criss-crossed pattern on the top good for?

I've been making peanut butter cookies, but skipping the step of pressing the top of the cookie down with a fork. What does this step do for the cookies?
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Why do choc chip cookies change with different temperature butter?

My name is Chris and my daughters name is Maggie (9yr) She’s doing s science fair project and we have a question we need help with. Her science project is baking choc chip cookies 3 different ways to ...
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What should a good cookie dough look like?

I've been trying to make a good, chewy cookie recipe for the last 4-5 months but nothing good ever shown up. I've tried countless recipes on the internet with no success. One thing that I noticed was ...
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How does the number of eggs affect a cookie recipe?

If a chocolate chip cookie recipe calls for two eggs and I add three eggs, what will the effect be on my cookies? Likewise if it calls for two eggs and I only put in one egg what will the effect be?
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Can I replicate these Cafe Noir cookies?

I recently bought a pack of McVitie's Cafe Noir expecting shop junk and for once quite liked it. It's very light and crunchy like a rich tea with a thin icing which seems to permeate the upper half ...
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Substituting margarine for butter in cookies

I want to make cookies but I am allergic to dairy. Is margarine an acceptable substitute for butter in cookie recipes, and if so, how do I substitute it?
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Getting correct baking consistency when using stevia as sugar substitute

When replacing sugar fully or partially with stevia powder it seems that baked goods like biscuits do not spread as much and are often dryer. Is there anything that can be done to make the dough with ...
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What does a Thai Scented Candle impart?

Amazon Link There is a traditional cookie that is pretty much just a thick sugar cookie that is baked and then put in a covered bowl with the candle overnight. I ran into it because I was looking ...
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Forgot Brown sugar in cookies

I forgot to add the brown sugar to a cookie mix. I have added all the ingredients including the flour. Can I still add the sugar to the mix?
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I am using agave instead of sugar, do I add more flour to keep things right in cookie dough?

I want to use Agave liquid sweetener instead of dry sugar. How much extra flour would I need to use to offset the extra liquid?
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Removing that eggy smell from cakes

I've been baking for not that long now and I usually peruse the web and the hundreds of books I have at home before I attempt a recipe. However there is one thing I am just not able to get down right. ...
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How can I make these cookies less sweet without ruining the texture?

I've finally found a snickerdoodle recipe that results in cookies with that perfect "bite": a crispy outside -- not crunchy, but an almost-infinitesimal stiffness that resists your teeth just a little ...
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How can I make a carob coating?

I want to make Italian Three color Christmas Cookies (like these: http://www.food.com/recipe/italian-tri-color-cookies-rainbow-cookies-147882 ). This kind of cookie is traditionally are covered in ...
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How long can I refrigerate cookie dough?

I made the made the mistake of making my neighbors these cookies peanut-butter-oatmeal-chocolate-chip-cookies. Every time I see either neighbor they thank me again for the wonderful cookies, "Oh they ...
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How do I get my chocolate chip cookies to turn out thick and soft?

How can I get my chocolate chip cookies to come out thick and soft? I always use real butter; is this a problem?
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What is the procedure for Pillsbury cookies?

I read the answer about spritzing the dough with a little water but my question is....do you take the dough (I buy Pillsbury in a roll) out of the refrigerator and immediately start your cookies? Or ...
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What should I look for in a cookie jar?

I would like to upgrade from the novelty plastic bin I currently use for cookies. What cookie jar features would prevent the cookies from getting stale for the longest amount of time? What shape of ...
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How to make cookies less crumbly?

I baked cookies last night and they came out rather crumbly. It felt like I put in quite a lot of flour - would that affect the crumbliness?
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Can I use parchment paper for all cookies

I would like to know if I can use parchment paper for any kind of cookie?
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How do I bake chocolate chip cookies like Subway?

I want a chocolate chip cookie like the ones Subway has. Those cookies have a smooth top and chewy texture. I have a recipe for 3/4 cup fat, 0.5 cup sugar 0,5 cup brown sugar, 3/4 cup flour, 1 egg, 2 ...
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Can vegetable oil be used in place of butter?

I just happen to have one of those Betty Crocker cookie mixes on hand today, and the ingredients list at the back calls for 1/2 a stick of softened butter. I don't have any butter to spare today, but ...
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Does using egg+yolk in a chocolate chip cookie recipe make a big difference? [duplicate]

Some recipes I've seen use an egg + yolk combination. A lot of them just use one egg. Does it make a big difference, as long as there is enough liquid in the batter? Would big brands use egg + yolk ...
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How can I make my Oreos crispy again?

Someone1 didn't re-close the Oreo bag properly, and now the remaining cookies are kinda... not-quite-crispy. They're not soft, but they have this chewy side to their crunch. If these were ordinary ...
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Making stroopwafels with a pizelle iron

Last year we spent our honeymoon in Holland and Belgium, and so for Christmas this year I wanted to surprise my wife with 2 types of cookies we were introduced to while we were there - stroopwafels, ...
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Cookies called monte cows?

A family member recently inherited a recipe for some simple but delicious crumbly cookies from her grandmother. They consist of flour, sugar, and canola oil with cinnamon on top. The grandmother in ...
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Why pre-mix baking soda into 2 tsp of milk?

I am not much of a cook, but about this time every year, I pull out a favorite family recipe for cookies. My grandmother made these cookies for me when I was a child, and when I got older she wrote ...
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Replacing egg whites with whole eggs when baking cookies

I want to make the recipe here: http://www.shutterbean.com/2012/flourless-coconut-chocolate-drops/ This recipe states that you should just use four egg whites. I really, really don't want to waste 4 ...
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“Banging” cookies half way through baking

So I found a recipe for cookies which calls to "Bake the cookies for 10 mins, taking the tray out halfway through and banging sharply on a work surface covered with a couple of tea towels - this ...
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How to prevent a cookie from becoming spongy like a cake?

I was following the recipe here: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/best-chocolate-chip-cookies/ and the cookies came out a little like cake rather than cookies. It's NOT crispy, not crunchy. It's a little ...
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My chocolate-chip cookie expanded after baking

I have been making the same chocolate-chip cookies for a while. Last week, after baking a batch and removing from the oven, they expanded and became flat. Usually they stay in the same shape when ...
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Cookies end up Rubbery

I've been trying to make cookies the usual way : All Purpose Flour + Eggs + Butter + Powdered Sugar + Chocolate Powder > Mix till Semi-Solid Batter > Put chunks of them in a baking tray and bake at ...
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What is this dipped powder cookie called?

After hunting around online for "black and white cookies" and "powdered sugar and cocoa powder cookies", I can't find what kind of cookie I am looking for. Not the black and white glazed cookie: I ...
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Can I add Xanthan Gum to cookies made with all purpose flour to decrease softness which causes cookies to break?

Use a shortbread recipe which adds eggs to the basic recipe of flour, butter, sugar and flavoring. The cookies taste fantastic, but break too easily. Need to ship the cookies as gifts, but they are ...
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How am I supposed to heat a pie-iron-style pizzelle iron?

I found an old pizzelle iron in one of my cabinets. It looks like this: Most of the pizzelle recipes I found — for example this one — are for a "George Foreman"-style pizzelle iron, and are self ...
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What do I need to consider when upgrading to a 40 quart mixer?

I have a cookie business. Currently I'm using a Kitchenaid 7 quart mixer and can only make 50 cookies at a time. I'm thinking of upgrading to a Hobart HL-400 40 quart mixer. I selected this brand ...
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What determines the shape-holding ability of cookies?

What things can you vary to make cookies hold their shape better during cooking, and not spread out like a pancake? From my experimenting, the initial temperature of the dough before cooking seems to ...
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Runny Cookie Dough

Roasted Peanut Cookies It is raining outside and the water drops are pelting my window.Warmed some milk and gathered some pots to bake some cookies Flour (1 1/2 cups) White & Brown Sugar ...
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Why don't my cookies flatten?

I have baked Betty Crocker's Giant Honey and Oat Cookies three or four times now, and every time, my cookies do not spread out, I just get thick cookies. Is there something I am doing wrong? As far as ...
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Effects of reducing sugar in cookies

If I want to reduce the amount of sugar (to reduce sweetness) in a cookie recipe, how would that affect the end result (mainly with respect to texture) and what can be done to negate it?
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Chocolate chip cookies with whole wheat flour

I don't have all-purpose flour at hand right now, so I'm thinking of making chocolate chip cookies with whole wheat flour. What difference will this make in terms of texture/taste/cooking time? Also, ...
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Is there a way to keep chilled cookie dough from flattening while cutting it?

Whether using a serrated or straight knife, this seems to be a problem. I end up reshaping them by hand on the cookie sheet so they are round instead of oval. Is there a way to slice the dough to ...
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Can you re-use parchment paper when baking batches of cookies?

I just finished making cookies. The dough was enough to make multiple batches. I only have one baking sheet. Every time a batch was ready, I used new parchment paper on the baking sheet. Is this ...
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What is the purpose of baking soda in chocolate-chip cookies?

I thought baked goods which include baking soda should be put into oven immediately, otherwise they won't rise. But some cookie recipes call for cooling the dough in the fridge or even freezing it, ...
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My parchment paper soaked in oil after finish baking cookies

Is this normal? I noticed that sometimes it can get really wet and I can even see the yellow liquid on my paper. However, sometimes it isn't wet at all and I can re-use my paper 2-3 times. What could ...
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Can you make pie crust from cookie dough?

I recently bought several packs of frozen cookie dough, sugar cookie, and I wanted to know if it's possible to reshape them and make a pie crust? If so what is the technique involved: cooking ...
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What makes the difference between domed and flat cookies?

I'm baking cookies using recipe from Ruhlman's Ratio, which goes something like this: 100g butter 90g sugar 160g flour 1 tsp baking soda (I use baking powder) 150g chocolate chips I scoop the ...
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My cookies are turning out like cakes

This is the basic recipe I used (taken from http://www.yuppiechef.com/spatula/the-science-behind-chocolate-chip-cookies/): 8 oz (about 225g) unsalted butter 10 oz (about 1.5 cups) sugar 12 oz ...
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What's the origin of the name of the “Chinese Cookie” found in Jewish deli's in the US?

At a classic Los Angeles Deli for lunch yesterday, I snagged my usual take-out guilty pleasure for later: a fresh-baked Chinese Cookie. This is a four or five inch diameter short-bread cookie with a ...
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My dough is too brown

According to this recipe, I did exactly what the author wrote. I ended up with a dough that was too wet and brown. I have several questions about to this recipe. When the recipe calls for both white ...