Before you start your holiday cookie baking, make sure you avoid the #CookieFail! Check out these 4 common cookie fails and empower yourself for a #CookieWin.
- My cookies are too tough.
While a tough cookie might be a good thing if you’re talking about a person with grit, a tough holiday cookie is a problem. When baking cookies, it’s important to only mix or knead the dough just until it’s combined or ready to roll. Overmixing is the most common cause of tough cookies.
- My cookies are stuck to the pan.
If you’re worried that your cookies will stick to the pan, you can use parchment paper to line the pan before placing the cookies (but don’t line a pan with parchment if you’re planning to make spritz cookies—you won’t be able to form the cookies properly). Another way to avoid stuck cookies is to make sure that the cookies are not allowed to cool fully on the pan—be sure to remove them about 5 minutes after they come out of the oven, and let them finish cooling on a cooling grid.
- My cookies spread too much.
Cutout cookies can be tricky to make because as they spread, they can lose their shape. It’s important to roll the cookies out to the thickness specified in the recipe. Our roll-out cookie recipe specifies a 1/8” thickness. If the cookies are rolled thicker than that, they will spread too much while they bake.
- My cookies burned.
When starting your holiday baking, it’s important to make sure your oven temperature is accurate. An inexpensive oven thermometer can provide some peace of mind (and hopefully avoid some cookie disasters)! After making sure your oven is at the correct temperature, start checking the cookies for doneness a minute or two before the time on the recipe to get an idea of how they’re baking. This will give you a better idea of how the cookie recipe will bake in your oven.