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Questions tagged [cookies]

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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How can I get chewy chocolate chip cookies?

My chocolate chips cookies are always too crisp. How can I get chewy cookies, like those of Starbucks? Thank you to everyone who has answered. So far the tip that had the biggest impact was to chill ...
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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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What does an overnight chill do to cookie dough, that a 4 hour chill doesn't?

I have a high-fat cookie dough (see What ingredient changes will make this cookie dough more workable?) which wants to be chilled in the refrigerator overnight before shaping. I tried to cheat by ...
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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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Is it possible to make cookies without creaming the butter?

I love to make some cookies but have limited kitchen appliances. I don't want to cream the butter and sugar by hand -- I did that before and it was not fun! Is it possible to make good cookies ...
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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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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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How can I fix my dry crumbly cookie dough?

After following the recipe for sugar cookies, I chilled the dough wrapped in plastic for 2 days (recipe specified that I could chill anywhere from 2 hours to 2 days). As I'm trying to kneed/roll the ...
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What are some low fat butter substitutes for cookies?

What is a good butter substitute for baking cookies? I am looking for something that would contain less fat grams per serving than butter. I have difficulty breaking down fats so I need something that ...
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I forgot to add brown sugar to my chocolate chip cookies…and didn't realize I forgot the brown sugar until it was done cooking

I remembered everything else, it taste fine but a little bland. Even though i already cooked it, is there anything I can do to make it taste better?
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How can I make cookies with no eggs?

I'd like to make some biscuits (cookies), but I have no eggs, and I don't want to leave the apartment. Can I use something else?
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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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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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How to ship holiday cookies?

I like to give my friends boxes of cookies for Christmas. How can I ship boxes to those living across the country or in neighboring countries without them getting damaged or going stale in transit? ...
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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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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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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 dough ...
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What are macaron “feet”?

This question mentions macaron "feet". What are macaron feet?
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Calculating Nutrition Information for Commercial Food Labeling

I'm working on starting a small home-based bakery that will ship food products sold on a website directly to consumers. (Specifically, cookies.) As part of this work, I am designing packaging and am ...
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How can I save crumbly cookie dough?

I found a recipe online that required making cookie dough from scratch and then wrapping the cookie dough in wax paper and refrigerating for 2 hours. I made the cookie dough and it was way too crumbly ...
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Why does my bread collapse in my bread machine?

I have a bread machine and when I follow the recipes in the included booklet that came with the machine, the bread rises for about an hour, but the collapses back on itself and comes out rock hard and,...
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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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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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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 at ...
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What kind of cookies can be shaped?

I was wondering what to look for in a cookie recipe if I want to cut it out into shapes using a cookie cutter. Some cookies tend to spread out much more than others and so would not retain any ...
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Proper Technique for Rolling Sugar Cookies

I have an old recipe of my grandmother's for sugar cookies and I'd love for them to turn out just like hers. However, whenever I try to roll out the dough, I find I either can't get it thin enough, it ...
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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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How to make crumbly cookies?

I am trying to make alfajores, following this recipe. What steps should I take to make them more crumbly?
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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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Adding lemon to cookie recipe

What is the best way to add lemon flavor to a cookie recipe? I know lemon juice is highly acidic, I don't want to throw off the PH of the dough. Is lemon extract the same way? Lemon zest? Is there a ...
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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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Eating cookie dough

How can I eat cookie dough safely? I want to make cookie dough ice-cream like the Ben and Jerry's range, however I don't want salmonella. How do Ben and Jerry's sell make theirs, assuming they don't ...
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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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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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Forgot to add sugar to cookies

When making chocolate chip cookies, I forgot to add white sugar while I was creaming the butter and brown sugar. I creamed the butter and brown sugar, had just cracked the egg into the mixture when I ...
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Can I substitute brown or confectioner's sugar for granulated sugar in sugar cookies?

I'm making sugar cookies and I have ran out of granulated sugar. I only have confectioner's sugar and dark brown sugar left. Can I substitute one of these for white granulated sugar? Which would be ...
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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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What ingredient changes will make this cookie dough more workable?

When I make a particular cookie, the rolling and shaping steps are very frustrating because the dough gets very soft and tends to fall apart when I'm working with it. Chilling the dough makes it more ...
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Why must I return the chilled chocolate cookie dough to room temperature before baking?

According to a chocolate chip cookie recipe, I chilled the cookie dough before baking but it was also written to turn the cookie dough to room temperature before baking. What is the purpose of doing ...
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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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How does replacing some butter with shortening affect rising / leavening in cookies (biscuits)?

I have been replacing half (half a cup) of the butter called for by some cookie recipes with half a cup of shortening and have noticed that some of these cookies rise less than I expect. Is there ...
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How to toughen cookies

I have a problem with my cookies becoming crumbly as they hang-out in room/warm afternoon temperatures. I bake cookies -- a lot for fundraisers. Normally these cookies are stored in display cases ...
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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 cinnamon)....
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Is eating cookie dough without egg safe?

I enjoy eating raw cookie dough. As long as the dough doesn't have egg in it, is it safe to eat?
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Why are my cookies falling apart?

I tried making this recipe: Nutella Cookie Crisps. Since I am not in the USA, I had to convert cups to grams. It ended up being about 300g Nutella, 200g soft brown sugar, and the 6 tablespoons of ...
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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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Can I replace rolled oats with instant oats in a cookie recipe?

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/healthy-banana-cookies/ That recipe asks for rolled oats. I don't have them. Can I replace them with these instant oats? How much should be the quantity then?
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Chocolate covered cookies stuck to cooling rack

I have some glazed chocolate cookies that I accidentally put on a cooling rack to let the chocolate glaze cool off, but now the chocolate glaze is completely stuck to the cooling rack. Any ideas on ...
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Why do some ingredients in baking recipes need to be at room temperature?

I've been starting to bake more cakes and cookies recently, and many recipes say to have some ingredients that are usually stored cold, like milk or eggs, to be added at room temperature. Why is this? ...
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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 ...