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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Is the mixing order important when substituting white sugar + molasses for brown sugar?

I bake cookies at a relatively large scale (16 qt batches) My recipe calls for both white & light brown sugars. In an effort to make production more efficient I would like to substitute the brown ...
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Why do so many dessert/biscuit recipes have salt in them?

Whilst I can understand salt in the majority of recipes, I never really understood why it is in so many desserts or biscuits. When I have asked a few friends or family who do a lot of cookery, the ...
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How to avoid using artificial food coloring in cookie and cake decorating

It's been a week since I started some cake and cookie decorating, and normally one needs many colors to come up with a lovely colorful final result whether it is Butter cream, royal icing or fondant. ...
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Reducing sweetness of packaged cookie mix

I have a Betty Crocker cookie mix and I find it too sweet. Is there a way to adapt it and make it less sweet? I'm not an experienced baker so I don't know if simply adding more flour will work.
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Looking for a philipino cookie.

Years ago, and I'm talking years ago when I was an undergrad in college, it was international cuisine day and all these different peoples set up stands with all types of food. And I vividly ...
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What causing royal icing to get stringy?

When I try to make small dots on my cookie decorations, sometimes the royal or syrup icing gets stringy so it leaves a trail instead of coming off the dot clean.
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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 should I incorporate separated eggs in a cookie recipe without instructions?

I found a partial (ingredients only) recipe of my Mother's that called for 3 eggs separated for an "Italian Cookies" recipe. I would love to try it but without any instruction\directions how would I ...
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How can I bake crunchy chocolate chip cookies?

Since I'm British, I'm used to biscuits that are crisp, dry and crunchy all the way through, with no soft chewy centre. Most chocolate chip cookie recipes are trying to do the exact opposite. How can ...
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How to make cookies without using greaseproof paper or a baking tin?

I don't have greaseproof paper nor a baking tin and I'm baking cookies. What should I do?
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Re-baking cookies?

I have just made a batch of peanut butter cookies using a recipe based on shortbread. I have left them to cool and they are still slightly doughy in the centre. I'm not sure if the peanut butter ...
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Can I salvage cookie dough made with whole eggs instead of yolks?

I was making the dough for cookies and was supposed to add just 2 egg yolks and I added 2 whole eggs. What was supposed to form a ball just made a really thick batter. So, do I have to start over or ...
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Would Vanilla enhance flavor [duplicate]

Would pure vanilla enhance the flavor of a rum cookie, how much would I add? Could vanilla be added to a packaged cookie mix, how much.
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What is a good ratio (range) of nut flour in Mandelkipferl dough?

I want to make Mandelkipferl and similar cookies. For Vanillekipferl, I tend to use a 3:2:1 ratio of flour:butter:sugar, without an egg. Is there a traditional ratio of nut flour in Mandelkipferl? ...
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Are there a better ways to crush biscuits/cookies than a rolling pin?

Can the old trick of putting biscuits (cookies or crackers to Americans) in a plastic bag and hitting them with a rolling pin be improved upon?
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Cookie dough consistency problems

I have used the same rugelach recipe for years with out a problem. This year however, the dough is pulling apart and shredding when being rolled out and up. There are 2 different things this year, I ...
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Spritz cookies not sticking to pan when pressed from cookie press

We're having a good deal of trouble getting our spritz cookies from our cookie press to separate from the cookie press and stick to the cookie sheet. Is there something we can add to the cookie batter ...
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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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Cookie Dough Made From Pie Crust

Can I use Pillsbury premade pie crust for cookie dough? If so, does it need to be flatten and add a little sugar? Want to make some fruit filled cookies without making cookie dough. Thank you.
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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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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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Is a little oven less hot than a bigger oven?

Some months ago, I found a recipe for cookies and made them in a big oven; they were delicious and cooked very well (soft cookies) at 180 °C (356 °F) for 7 minutes. I recently tried the recipe again, ...
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What's the best way to stick sprinkles to cookies without icing?

I am making sugar cookies that I want to decorate with sprinkles, but I don't really want to mess about with making royal icing, which is what the recipe calls for. In the past, I've used clear corn ...
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How to get cracks in my ginger molasses cookies

I used this recipe to make ginger molasses cookies. Though the cookies tasted great, my cookies didn't develop any cracks in them like the ones in the picture. I tried baking them for longer, but that ...
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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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Cookies rise nicely in the oven, but then collapse

Just as every year, I have been baking spicy Christmas cookies with my Granny. And like always, they have expanded nicely in the oven, but collapsed afterwards. But this year I know to go to Seasoned ...
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What is the shelf life of cookies made with Greek Yogurt?

After baking cookies with greek yogurt, How long would they be good if stored in the freezer or fridge? Will they still be safe to enjoy? Is this the same with greek yogurt cakes/pies?
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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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Incorporate oreo bits in cookie recipe

What's the best way to incorporate prepacked oreo bits into a tested chocolate chip cookie recipe? Mix with dry ingredients or wet ingredients? Consider weight of oreo bits equivalent to flour, or ...
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Crispy Lembas Bread Recipe

I've been taking a crack at a few variations of the Elven Lembas bread recipe from Lord of the Rings, because I'm a nerd and like to make random things. A common recipe I see linked in various blogs ...
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Molasses cookies - Do I need to start over?

I am making molasses cookies. I accidentally put a cup of sugar in the dry ingredients, when I was only supposed to have a cup of sugar creamed with shortening. Should I throw out my dry ingredients ...
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Best way to preserve choco-chip cookies: food saver?

Hi cookie perfectionists! What is the best way to preserve chocolate chip cookies for one-week? Here's my short-list: Vacuum-sealed mason jars? Vacuum-sealed bags? (will deform the cookies) Any of ...
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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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Difference in cookie texture if we use melted vs softened butter

I would like to know the difference in the final result if we use softened butter or melted butter in an ordinary cookie recipe. A few days ago i baked chocolate chips cookies i waited for the ...
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What is the purpose of creaming butter with sugar in cookie recipes?

I got distracted while assembling the dry ingredients for a cookie recipe and added the sugars, which were supposed to be creamed with the butter first. Fortunately, the sugar was added last and I was ...
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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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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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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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Is eating cookie dough without egg safe?

I enjoy eating raw cookie Idough. As long as the dough doesn't have egg in it, is it safe to eat?
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Biscuits (cookies) turning out more cake-like than biscuity

Yesterday, for the first time ever, I tried baking some biscuits. I found a suitable recipe for some malted milk biscuits (I love malt), and followed it almost exactly; I endeavour to make everything ...
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What can I do if I forgot to cream the butter and sugar in my cookie recipe?

I got distracted and forgot to cream the butter and sugar before making sugar cookies. I baked half and they were dry, tasted like flour and smelled like flour (although rolled in sugar and ...
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Why do chocolate chips stay softer after being baked?

I could be wrong, but I have the feeling that after baking chocolate chip cookies, the chocolate chips are still melted; or at least a lot softer than before you bake the cookies. It's logical that ...
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How to make softer biscuits?

Sorry to ask a rather non-specific question, but I am actually trying to formulate an example. Suppose you have a recipe to make biscuits, but what you get is quite hard, and you would like to have a ...
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What side effects should I expect by replacing cake flour with chickpea flour in all cookie recipes?

Last time I replaced maida with chickpea flour (keeping all other ingredients and their quantities same) in carrot cupcakes. The only difference I noted was in rising. The cupcakes didn't rise much. ...
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Are my cookies cooked?

I've just recently started baking and I'm finding it quite enjoyable. I am now changing some of the recipes a little bit to suit my tastes better. A problem i am having is that the ingredient swaps ...
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How do packaged cookies stay good for so long?

How come packaged cookies, even those without preservatives, don't go bad after a few days and have such long shelf lives? Is it because of the packaging? Especially cookies that contain ingredients ...
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Why is lye used in some recipes for cookies?

I have seen some recipes for cookies which include lye (water boiled with ash) among the ingredients. Does anyone know what the purpose is? Is there any other ingredient that can replace lye?
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Lemon Thyme Substitute

In the following recipe, lemon thyme is used. Unfortunately, I can't find it in my local grocery store. 1) Can I substitute thyme + lemon zest? If so, how much? 2) The recipe notes rosemary and ...
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What is instant pudding mix used for in baking cookies?

In some recipes instant pudding mix/cornstarch are called. What is the main point of adding these two ingredients in your dough. Thank you
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Does using powdered sugar instead of granulated sugar make cookie dough drier?

I was baking cookies last week using granulated sugar (white and brown) and they were great. The recipe says to put all 3 sugars into the molten butter and to stir for a while. Yesterday I thought ...