Trouble Shooting Your Cookie Results

Contributed By" Patricia

Various cookie problems are shown as headings with suggestions below them.

Troubleshooting Cookies By Dennis R Weaver

Cookies Too Tough?

If your cookies are too tough . . . You may have used too much flour or a flour with too high of a protein content. Unless you want a chewy cookie, do not use bread flour. Check your measurements--the cookies may not have enough fat or the amount of sugar may be wrong.

Cookies Too Crumbly?

If your cookies are too crumbly . . . They may have too much sugar, shortening, or leavening or may not be thoroughly mixed. Try adding more eggs.

Cookies Too Hard?

If your cookies are too hard . . . They may have been baked too long or at a temperature that was too low. Too much flour or not enough shortening or liquid will make them hard also.

Cookies Too Dry?

If your cookies are too dry . . . The same elements that make cookies too hard, may make them too dry. Try baking them at a higher temperature for a shorter period. Substitute brown sugar (with its higher moisture content) for part of the granulated sugar.

Cookies Too Brown?

If your cookies are too brown . . . The cookies were most likely baked too long or at too high of a temperature. Too much sugar may make a cookie brown too readily.

Cookies Not Brown Enough?

If your cookies are not browned enough . . . The baking temperature was too low, they were not baked long enough, or there was too little sugar.

Cookies Spread Too Much?

If your cookies spread too much . . . The baking temperature may be too low. Too much sugar, shortening, or leavening will cause spread. If pans are greased with too much shortening, spread may occur. Add a little more flour or chill your dough before forming the cookies.

Cookies Don't Spread Enough?

If your cookies don't spread enough . . . The opposite conditions that create too much spread may cause your cookies not to spread enough. There may not be enough sugar, shortening, or leavening, or the temperature is too high. Try adding more grease to the pan and baking at a lower temperature.

Edges Turn Out Sugary?

If the edges or crust turns out sugary . . . The cookies probably have too much sugar. The dough may have been inadequately mixed.

Cookies Have A Poor Flavor?

If your cookies have a poor flavor . . . Make sure all the flavoring ingredients were added. Dated or low quality ingredients may not impart strong enough flavors. Improperly washed baking pans will sometimes cause a cookie to taste bad.

Cookies Sticking To The Pan?

If your cookies stick to the pans . . . The pans probably weren't greased adequately. Too much sugar will make cookies stick. Cookies are usually easier to remove from their pans immediately after coming from the oven.

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Created on ... May 01, 2007