There’s nothing better than the smell of warm cookies baking in the oven. Whether it’s getting the first bite of a gooey and sinfully sweet chocolate chip cookie or the crunch of a tasty ginger snap, cookies are one of our favorite treats. Of course, most people aren’t on the same level as Mrs. Fields and a lot of us make mistakes when we’re trying to produce a nice bit of sweetness at home. Luckily, we’ve got you covered. Here are some common mistakes that tend to happen in the kitchen when baking cookies.
Being Imprecise With Your Measurements
Sure, we all like to play it fast and loose every once in a while. Unfortunately, that won’t cut it when you’re making cookies. It’s best to remember that baking is a science. You can’t just toss a pinch of this here or a cup of that there. Stick to your favorite recipe’s measurements for the best and most consistent results.
Not Paying Attention To The Temperature
It’s easy to get impatient when waiting for a batch of cookies. Who wants to waste time waiting for those delicious bits of heaven? Well, remember when we said baking is a science? This especially goes for the temperature of your ingredients. If a recipe requires room temperature butter, that’s exactly what it needs. Cold or microwaved butter affects your cookies in different ways, either making them too flat or not fluffy at all.
Forgetting The Salt
Yes, we’re all trying to manage our sodium intake these days, but a little salt, especially in sweet baked goods, goes a long way. Most recipes use only up to one-half of a teaspoon and that small amount really makes the sweeter flavors pop in your cookies. Don’t skimp on it!
Not Understanding What Creaming Means
When a recipe asks you to cream the butter and sugar together, it doesn’t mean to simply mix the two ingredients. You’re mixing them until the color changes and the mixture becomes fluffier. While it’s best to use a machine, you can still achieve the same results by hand (although it takes longer, it’s a great forearm workout!). Your cookies will taste lighter and fluffier after you’ve done the creaming process correctly.
Overbaking Your Cookies
Depending on how you want your cookies’ texture, you’ll need to adjust the baking time. While some are meant to be crispy, most of us enjoy the gooey and chewy cookies kind, warm out of the oven. Unfortunately, it’s easy to overbake them if you leave them in your oven for the specified amount of time. To remedy this, keep an eye on them and take them out just as the edges are done. Even though the center is still uncooked, if you leave them on the hot cookie sheet for up to 10 minutes, they’ll finish cooking.