In the spirit of the holiday season, I decided not to walk you through a specific recipe, but instead share some of my tips for baking cookies I’ve acquired throughout the years and some popular ones I did some research on.
The first tip that I find extremely important to baking delicious cookies is softening the butter. Almost every recipe calls for softened butter and it is everyone’s go to action to just stick some butter in the microwave for a couple seconds and throw it in the bowl. Although this way will soften the butter, it puts the butter at risk of melting which will make the dough more runny and throw off the consistency of your dough. I know it seems tedious, but if you know you’re going to be making cookies later in the day, try to set out the butter for a few hours.
Another important tip is closely watching the baking time. Most cookies call for a baking time of anywhere from 10-20 minutes, however many recipes call for baking times that may over bake your cookies. I recommend setting the timer for a few minutes less than the recorded time, and then carefully watch them for the last couple minutes until the edges are golden brown, not charred!!!
Finally, if the recipe calls for the dough to sit in the fridge for a couple hours, do not try to skip this step! This will harden the dough so it is stiffer and bakes correctly. By skipping this step, the dough will be thinner and burn more easily.
Most of the best tips for baking cookies just requires some patience, but if you put in the effort, you will not regret it! Hope this helps, happy holidays!!
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