Do your cookies frequently come out looking like this?
Mine do too. I have been trying to figure out for ages why they keep coming out like this. For the longest time I thought it was because of the butter, but I’ve gotten sick of using small amounts of margarine and having puffy cookies that don’t taste very good, so I decided to dedicate today to figuring out how to make my cookies puffy.
My first batch came out terribly. I realized, however, that the dough was far too soft, and so I stuck it in the fridge and watched an episode of Doctor Who before throwing another tray in the oven.
Those, somehow, came out even worse.
I remembered reading in my Baking Answer Book that baking powder causes baked goods to rise, and after reading a comment on the internet suggesting adding more flour to your cookie dough if it kept coming out flat, I put in half a teaspoon of baking powder and 1/4 cup of flour in the remaining mixture, and…
Oh my God! Normal cookies! Actual, honest-to-god, normal human cookies! (Okay, they’re not human… OR ARE THEY?!
Chocolate chip cookies are people!!!)
Whenever I bring these in to work, people always praise me over how delicious they are, and they didn’t disappoint today when I went to go visit my boyfriend. I’m just glad I was able serve cookies that both tasted and looked good for once!
So, if your cookies keep coming out flat like mine, try these tips:
- Chill the dough for at least half an hour before baking.
- Make sure the butter isn’t too soft.
- Use baking powder in addition to or in substitution to the baking soda.
- Check to see that your baking powder or baking soda isn’t old, and make sure they haven’t been exposed to air for long periods of time.
- Add a little extra flour if necessary.
If you have any other tips, feel free to leave some in the comments!