These cookie baking secrets are a must know for the holiday season. Learn how to make delicious cookies every time with these simple baking tips and tricks.
Cookie Baking Secrets to Help You Create Delicious Cookies
When you go to bake cookies it can be overwhelming if you are new to baking. Just make sure to relax, follow the instructions, and the cookie baking secrets shared here and you will begin to perfect your cookies in no time! I know when I was younger and started out I struggled at first, but with each new batch of cookies, I began to see a change. If the cookies don’t turn out, just toss and start over, practice makes perfect! Now looking back I wish I knew these tips I have learned along the way, I know they could have been useful! Let these tips help you create delicious cookies each and every time you bake!
Baking Hacks for Making Perfect Cookies Everytime
Follow the Recipe
Unlike making soup or a dinner dish, cookie recipes have to be followed very accurately for good results. Don’t improvise or substitute ingredients.
Lining your baking sheets with parchment paper is great for keeping your baking sheets clean, but also they help cookies keep their shape as they bake.
Baking Soda and Baking Powder
You use only a small amount of baking soda and/or baking powder in recipes. In time they can go bad so to test that they are still good, follow the steps below. If you use expired or flat soda or powder it will affect how your cookies turn out. Test in a bowl or sink if you are unsure if it is still good.
- Baking powder will bubble when you add to hot water.
- Baking soda will bubble when you add vinegar.
Cream the Butter and Sugar
If you want a true bakery style cookie, cream that butter and sugar for around 10 minutes, until it is nice and fluffy. It will aerate the butter and create little air bubbles, giving your cookie an amazing texture.
Some people skip the salt in recipes when baking cookies. The salt really helps balance and add flavors to the cookies so make sure to use the exact amount the recipe calls for.
Room Temperature Eggs
If you like a more delicate and light cookie, use room temperature eggs even if the recipe doesn’t call for it. When the egg is room temperature it mixes so much better with the batter and results in a light delicate cookie. If you forgot to set eggs out beforehand, then soak in a bowl with warm water for 15-20 minutes.
When you go to measure out your flour, take a spoon or smaller sized measuring cup to pour into the correct size measuring cup you are going to need. By dipping your measuring cup into the flour you are packing it and getting too much flour thus creating a hard cookie. By gently scooping smaller amounts into the correct size measuring cup will result in lighter and you will use the correct amount of flour.
Use a Cookie Scoop
Cookies need to be uniform in thickness and size when they bake. This is so each cookie comes out looking the same, nice golden brown. If one cookie is a lot larger, another smaller they all bake at such different paces that your cookies won’t be uniform. Get a cookie scoop and use that to scoop out your cookies, or even get a kitchen scale and weigh the dough.
Refrigerate That Dough
Sticking your cookie dough in the fridge and letting it sit for at least 2-4 hours will give you a more intense flavor and it is easier to shape and work with! It also helps your cookies to not bake down and go flat so you have a more dense cookie.
If you are making cookies you roll out or have a lot of dough, consider using it in batches. Set out only a little and keep the rest in the fridge until you need it. This will help in rolling out your dough, scooping it and giving you the tasty cookies you are looking to make.
Texture of Cookies
The size of your cookies will result in a texture. Smaller cookies are generally more crispy, larger cookies are softer and chewier.
Do you have any other cookie baking secrets that you follow in your baking? Tell us about them in the comments!