So here’s the results of our fun. If you’re going looks, shortening won, hands down. The cookies stayed plump, nicely brown and soft. The flavor was very good, but the cookies were a little more sweet than rich butter cookies.
If your cookies are flat, brown and crispy, that means you need to add flour to your dough for the next batch. Though the culprit is usually a flour deficit, butter could also be to blame for this problem. Adding too soft or slightly melted butter to the dough can also result in flat cookies.
Butter contributes milk solids and water to a cookie, both of which soften it. Brown sugar contributes molasses – again, a softener. Using lower-moisture sugar (granulated) and fat (vegetable shortening), plus a longer, slower bake than normal, produces light, crunchy cookies.
Problem #4: Pale and soft cookies
Either the oven temperature is too low or they were taken out too soon. When baking always keep an eye on your cookies and take them out when they’re golden.
Well, the long and short answer to chewy cookies is it’s all about the moisture content. Cookies that are dense and chewy incorporate more moisture into the batter. This can be achieved by making substitutions with ingredients, or even just changing the way you incorporate certain ingredients.
- 6 Ways to Keep Cookies Soft.
- Use Brown Sugar. Add two tablespoons of light or dark brown sugar to your cookie recipe.
- Store the cookies with bread. You can thank your Grammy for this time-tested trick.
- Under-bake your cookies.
- Scoop your cookie dough in mounds.
- Use corn syrup.
- Store them in an airtight container.
When cookies don’t spread in the oven, it’s either because the dough was too dry or too cold. Dry dough doesn’t have enough moisture or fat in it to spread out, so it sets in that shape. Dough that’s too cold will start to firm up before the butter has a chance to melt completely.
There are several reasons why the cookies may have become dry and crumbly but the two most likely are that either the cookies were baked for too long or too much flour was added to the dough. The cookie should be baked only until the edges are slightly golden and the top looks a little wrinkled.
Want soft, fluffy cookies? Add an extra egg yolk to any cookie recipe and you’ll have softer cookies that taste like they just came out of the oven for days. —merlexcal84Learn more about how eggs affect your cookies here.
Place your bread at the bottom of the cookie jar and place the hard cookies on top. Keep the cookie jar closed for at least 24 hours. This allows the cookies to absorb moisture from the bread, turning hard cookies into soft and chewy goodness.
Overworking the dough.
The more you mix and work the dough after adding the flour, the more gluten is formed, which can result in cookies that are tough and hard.