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.
Double Your Yolks
Most cookie recipes call for at least one egg. You can try omitting the white of each egg, which tends to dry out when baked, and replacing it with an additional yolk Plus, egg yolks have more fat than egg whites, which helps to keep your cookies moist and chewy.
Other tricks to crispy cookies include using less flour, not chilling the dough before baking, storing in a cookie jar or glass instead of a plastic container, and making the recipe with all purpose flour because it has a higher protein content that helps with crisping and browning.
Not Enough Flour
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.
It’s the same for cookies in your kitchen. They go from soft to hard because they start to dry out, and it begins as soon as you pull them from the oven. Whatever moisture is left in the cookies is always in a state of evaporation. At the same time, the sugars and starches are solidifying.
Why Do Cookies Get Hard? Like all baked treats, cookies are subject to getting stale. Over time, the moisture in the cookies evaporates, leaving them stiff and crumbly. The longer they sit, the more stale they become.
Keep those cookies crisp by storing them in an airtight container. Some people toss a piece of bread in with the cookies to help absorb any excess moisture. You could also re-crisp them by baking on a wire rack in a 300 degree F oven for a few minutes.
After about 10 minutes, the cookies should be golden brown around the edges but still soft in the centers. The cookies will continue to cook a bit on the hot cookie sheet if you leave them there for one or two minutes before transfering them to a cooling rack.
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.
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 cookies are done with the tops are lightly brown and they are about 3 inches wide. They will still be a little soft when you press on them hot out of the oven, but they firm up as they cool. Let them rest for one minute on the pan before lifting them off using the parchment.
1 Answer. Undercooked cookies are still edible, don’t toss them! Some people prefer chocolate chip cookies underdone, but you can’t know for sure that the egg has fully cooked (although that wouldn’t bother me one bit unless the source was shaky).
Lining a baking sheet when making cookies: Not only will the parchment help cookies bake more evenly, the non-stick quality also helps prevent them from cracking or breaking when lifting them off the sheet. Decorating home-baked goods: Parchment paper makes the perfect wrapper for baked goods.
Salt accentuates the flavor of bakes goods. It particularly enhances the flavors of butter, and flour, and salt works wonders in a recipe with chocolate! In bread baking, salt helps the gluten hold more water and carbon dioxide. Did you know that it also creates a stronger and tighter crumb.
As mentioned earlier, in a cookie recipe, eggs act as a binder that binds all the other ingredients together and holds the shape of the cookie. It also gives the cookie moisture and without the egg(s) in the cookie, the cookies will turn out to be very dense and chewy.
Adding an extra egg yolk increases chewiness. Rolling the cookie dough balls to be taller than wider increases thickness. Using melted butter (and slightly more flour) increases chewiness. Chilling the dough results in a thicker cookie.
It also enhances shelf life, keeping bread from going stale as quickly. A little salt makes sweet things taste sweeter. Cutting out the salt completely would mean the cake or cookie wouldn’t taste as sweet.