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How to Troubleshoot
January 23, 2016 Recipe
How to Troubleshoot
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.
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.
If your cookies are too hard . . .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 or crust turns out sugary . . .
The cookies probably have too
much sugar. The dough may have been inadequately mixed.
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.
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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