A secret baker’s trick is to rest your cookie dough in the fridge. You can rest it for at least an hour, which will evaporate some of the water and increase the sugar content, helping to keep your cookies chewy. The longer you allow your dough to rest in the fridge, the chewier your cookies will be.
Mistake: When cookies turn out flat, the bad guy is often butter that is too soft or even melted. This makes cookies spread. The other culprit is too little flour—don’t hold back and make sure you master measuring. Finally, cookies will also flatten if placed and baked on hot cookie sheets.
“Try to make all the cookies uniform—they bake more evenly and they look much better,” says Lipton. “The easiest way to do this is to use a cookie scoop, essentially a small ice cream scoop.” She recommends using OXO’s Medium Cookie Scoop for the best results.
Bake at 375 degrees F until golden and tender, 12 to 15 minutes. For crispy-cakey cookies: Bake the cookies at 425 degrees F until golden and crunchy on the outside, 8 to 10 minutes. For chewy cookies: Use 1 cup light brown sugar and 1/4 cup corn syrup and omit the granulated sugar.
The combination of the toasted grain with the browned butter, caramelized sugar, vanilla and chocolate are “the beautiful rich flavors that blend together in a chocolate chip cookie,” she said. And as the chocolate melts, it becomes more aromatic and punches up the flavor.
Generally, cookies are baked in a moderate oven — 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) — for 8 to 12 minutes, depending on the size of the cookie. For chewy cookies, allow them to cool on the baking sheet for 3 to 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
350° is the standard temp for a cookie, and it’s a great one. 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. If you love slightly underdone cookies, 375° is for you.
That, or the dough wasn’t cool enough before baking. Warm cookie dough or excess butter will cause the cookies to spread too much, baking quickly on the outside but remaining raw in the middle. Next time, chill your cookies in the fridge for 10 minutes before you bake them. If the problem persists, use less butter.
The simple answer to this question is, meet in the middle. Cookies should (almost) always be baked on the middle rack of the oven. The middle rack offers the most even heat and air circulation which helps cookies bake consistently.
O’Brady is specific that the butter be melted slowly, over low heat to prevent any evaporation. If the just-mixed dough is baked straight away, cookies made with melted butter spread more than those made with room-temperature butter — good news for lovers of thin-and-crispy cookies.
Baking with convection yields a rounded, taller cookie with a crisp exterior. Even heat created by the air circulating in convection yields the irresistible combination of crunchy and gooey – and some say it’s the secret to the perfect cookie. But, if you prefer a softer, chewy cookie, use Bake mode without convection.
Bake until the cookies are lightly browned and no longer wet in the center, 6 to 8 minutes; if baking more than one pan at a time, switch pan positions halfway through baking. (Take the cookies out of the oven 1 or 2 minutes before the cookies are cooked, as they will continue to cook on the baking pans.)
After about 10 minutes, the cookies should be golden brown around the edges but still soft in the centers. Of course, if you’re a fan of crispy cookies, let the cookies bake a little longer, about 14 minutes. Either way, eat ’em while they’re still warm for maximum happiness.
Cookies bake quickly — usually within 8 to 10 minutes — but sometimes it’s hard to tell when they’re baked through. You can always return cookies to the oven if they need a few more minutes. You can even rebake cookies long after they’re cool to restore crispness or freshness.
The recipe calls for flattening the dough.
If you‘re not directed to flatten the dough before baking it means it’s soft enough to spread on its own, and the cookies won’t hold an imprint.
You changed the recipe
Or in some cases, the cookie recipe will require you to flatten the cookies before baking if they haven’t been designed to spread naturally. If you reduce the amount of butter or oil in a recipe, your cookies won’t spread as much. If you add too much flour, your cookies won’t spread as much.
Fix: Flatten The Dough Balls Slightly Before Baking
If the dough balls are quite firm, you can help them bake by pressing them down slightly. Instead of having them in the traditional ball shape, push them down into more of a puck. This helps them to spread out more evenly during baking.