How To Make and Bake Perfect Cookies

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1.  Read your recipe carefully before starting:

Be sure you have all the ingredients called for and that you understand the recipe clearly.

Remember – If it is worth doing, it is worth doing right!

Cultivate the do-it-right attitude and habit. Baking demands accuracy and care. Unlike other kinds of cooking, such as soups or stews, you cannot improvise or substitute ingredients. Never carry on another activity while you are mixing a recipe. Distractions, no matter how small, lead to mistakes. Let the telephone ring!

2.  Use good tools and utensils:

Assemble all the bowls, pans, and utensils you will need on your counter or worktable before starting. Use standard measuring cups and spoons.

3.  Use correct pan sizes:

Use the type of pan specified in the recipe. Recipes are carefully calculated as to yield and changing the pan size also alters the baking temperature and time. Larger, shallower pans need increased heat; smaller, deeper pans need decreased heat. The size of a baking pan or dish is measured across the top of the container from the inside edge to inside edge. The depth also is measured on the inside of the pan or dish from the bottom to the top of the rim.

Prepare the pan carefully according to the recipe. Place pans as near the center of the oven as possible. Do not place pans directly over another and do not crowd the oven (this makes for uneven baking).

4.   Room temperature:

Have all ingredients at room temperature for more glamorous perfect cookies, unless otherwise specified.

5.  Oven temperature:

Preheat the oven 10 to 15 minutes before you begin baking cookies. This is usually consistent unless a recipe specifically calls for you to start with a cold oven.

Purchase an Oven Thermometer to make sure your oven is operating at the right temperature. An oven that is too hot or too cold not only throws off the cooking times but can throw off the texture and appearance of the finished cookies.

6.  Baking the cookies:

  • Cookies should be of a uniform thickness and size so they will bake in the same amount of time. Using a small cookie scoop or ice cream scoop will provide picture-perfect, uniform size cookies.
  • Leave room between cookies on the cookie sheet. Rule of thumb is 2 inches between cookies. If they are extremely large cookies or the recipe calls for more space, adjust the space
  • Watch the baking time and use an accurate timer. Always check the cookies at the minimum baking time listed in your recipe. Even one minute can mean the difference between a cookie that is done and one that is ruined.
  • Unless the recipe directs otherwise, remove baked cookies from cookie sheet to wire rack immediately to prevent further baking. Use a thin pancake turner to remove and move cookies from baking sheets. If cookies are left on the sheet to cool, they will be very difficult to remove (this will keep cookies from tearing or breaking).
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One Response to “How To Make and Bake Perfect Cookies”

  1. Annette Says:

    Good points, I think I will definitely subscribe!🙂. I’ll go and read some more!

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