The use of whole wheat flour instead of regular all-purpose flour results in a hearty, but still tender, cookie that has a deeper flavor than the usual.
Baking with whole wheat flour: the bottom line
Sometimes you’ll taste a bit of wheatiness; other times you’ll notice a certain graininess in the mouthfeel. Vanilla Sugar Cookies, half made with all-purpose flour and half with white whole wheat flour.
If your oven isn’t hot enough, the cookies don’t ‘set’ quick enough, and the cookies have more time to spread. Also remember that opening your oven up to peek on the progress of the cookies, will make the oven lose heat and affect ‘cookie spreadage’.
Drop cookies are mix and heat, while cut–out cookies, also referred to as rolled cookies, require a little more time and effort. Either way, you know you’re getting something sweet and delicious in the end. A drop cookie tends to be soft and chewy, while a cut–out cookie tends to be soft and crumbly.
Chilling the cookie dough is another non-negotiable. These drop sugar cookies are very buttery and the colder the cookie dough, the less they’ll over-spread. The cookie dough can get a little hard after 2 hours in the refrigerator, so I recommend rolling the dough into balls before chilling.
Chocolate chip cookies are “drop” cookies, which means exactly what you think: cookie dough is scooped and dropped onto a baking sheet. Drop cookies are typically made using the creaming method of mixing—butter and sugar are beaten together before egg and dry ingredients are added.
Pizzelles are the oldest known cookie and originated in the mid-section of Italy. They were made many years ago for the “Festival of the Snakes” also known as the “Feast Day of San Domenico” in the village of Colcullo in the Italian region of Abruzzo.
Drop the same amount of dough for each tray of cookie. A uniform size allows cookies to bake evenly. Unless the recipe states otherwise, place cookie dough at least 2 inches apart on baking sheep to allow room for spreading.
Rolled cookies are are made from a stiff dough that is chilled, rolled out into a thick or thin sheet with a rolling pin and then cut into a shape with a knife, pastry wheel or cookie cutter. These cookies take a little more preparation. Gingerbread men, Linzer, and sugar cookies are examples of rolled cookies.
350° is the standard temp for a cookie, and it’s a great one. Your cookies will bake evenly and the outside will be done at the same time as the inside. Baking at 325° also results in an evenly baked cookie, but the slower cooking will help yield a chewier cookie. The outsides will be a little softer, too.
Sheet cookies are made from doughs or batters that are either poured, pressed or layered in to a shallow pan. These are cut in to portions after baking.
The cookies are shaped into individual treats or pressed into a pan and cut as bars, and then cooled to harden. No-bake cookies are unique among types of cookies in that they do not require baking time in an oven.
Make sure cookies cool completely before storing. Store them at room temperature in an air-tight container, like Tupperware. Store different flavors separately. Over time, strongly flavored cookies like molasses or mint will seep into other cookies, so if possible store each flavor in its own container.
There are eight basic types of cookies: bar cookies, drop cookies, fried cookies, molded cookies, no-bake cookies, refrigerator (ice box) cookies, rolled cookies and sandwich cookies. You can see the overview of the different types of cookies, or read the individual listings in this glossary.
Bar cookies consist of batter or other ingredients that are poured or pressed into a pan (sometimes in multiple layers) and cut into cookie-sized pieces after baking. In British English, bar cookies are known as “tray bakes”. Examples include brownies, fruit squares, and bars such as date squares.
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