While we know our readers are looking for a great deal, from time to time we’ll feature tips and tricks on related topics– here’s an article on baking cookies that we’re sure you’ll love!
Few things can compare to delightful sensation of biting into a Perfect Cookie. The gooey insides decadently juxtaposed with the crunchy outer layer, with the right amount of moisture, flavor and sweetness. As perfect as the perfect cookie is, executing it properly depends on a multitude of factors that make you feel like you’re doing a science project, rather than baking a treat.
The perfect Cookie depends on the right combination of ingredients, execution and precision. Believe it or not, Baking is a science. It’s not as hard as you think. As long as you follow your recipe and pay attention, executing the perfect cookie is well within the realm of your ability.
Through plenty of research, practice and baker wisdom, here are the 6 most effective ways you can ensure that your cookie comes out perfect EVERY single time!
1 – Chill your dough: It seems simple enough, but sometimes you’re in a rush (or you just can’t wait). Have you ever tried to scoop cookie dough once it’s been chilled to a solid rocky mass of edible cement? It’s not for the faint of heart.
Instead, roll your cookies into the little balls of dough and then stick them in the fridge overnight. If you can’t possibly wait that long though, try sticking them in the freezer for an hour. It may seem unnecessary but do not be mistaken, chilled cookie dough can be your one way ticket to perfect-cookie-ville. -Can we pause for a second and imagine what it would be like to live in perfect-cookie-ville? Thanks. I think we both needed that-
Chilling your cookie dough helps it maintain it’s shape while baking in high temperatures. Your cookies won’t immediately start cooking, which will give the dough time to settle and heat more evenly. This also allows for the cookies to retain more moisture while baking and can help the bottom of your cookies from getting too crunchy, too fast! Chilling your batter also helps lock in the texture and consistency your dough achieves after being ‘freshly’ mixed. This is a great way to avoid watching your batter spoil after sitting too long.
2 – Room Temperature Butter and Eggs: Now this may seem contradictory. Why wait for the butter and eggs to reach room temperature if we’re going to chill the batter anyways? The reason is simple. Allowing these ingredients to reach the right temperature ensures that your batter mixes the way it should. When all of your ingredients mix at room temperature, you avoid clumps and allow for the batter to mix evenly and consistently.
When your butter is at room temperature, it helps emulsify and combine the wet and dry ingredients much more effectively. This gives your batter the perfect baking consistency. Allowing your eggs to reach room temperature as well helps your dough maintain the right amount of texture. We know you want to get baking, and who has time for butter to get soft?
But trust the wisdom of the baking gods: patience is a virtue!
3 – SLAM your cookies – literally: Take your dough and slam it onto your sanitized counter. Will this make you look ridiculous? Yes. Will people stare? Let them. You’ll have the last laugh when the experience the ecstasy of your perfect cookie.
Slamming your dough onto the counter actually helps the cookies settle into place so they bake evenly. Similar to the process of kneading dough, giving your cookies a quick smack before they hit the oven will do wonders. This was once just a secret that housewives shared with one another, but thanks to the magical beauty of the internet we have brought it to you!
4 – Add an extra pinch of salt: Just one extra pinch of salt can do wonders, especially if there’s chocolate in your cookie! One popular trick for amazing Chocolate Milk is adding a pinch of salt, to bring out the chocolate flavor. This trick was even showcased on an episode of ABC’s Modern Family when Julie Bowen’s character adds a pinch of salt to Sofia Vergara’s Chocolate Milk!
5 – Most effective method? Bake on Silicone: What’s the perfect medium to bake on? Silicone. Silicone has been known for enhancing the quality of anything that gets baked on it. Not only does it protect your cookies from the hot steel of a Baking Sheet or Baking Pan, but silicone also distributes heat evenly. Check out this quote we found of a review on Baking Buddy’s Amazon listing:
“Since the Baking Buddy only covered half of the pan, only half of the cookies were baked on the silicone surface. Something interesting happened when I took them out of the oven though! The cookies that weren’t baked on the Baking Buddy (same batter, oven temp, everything) came out DRIER than the other cookies. The baking was far less even and the bottoms were too crunchy….but the cookies Baked on the BAKING Buddy? Perfect! Evenly cooked, moist and crunchy on the inside. I’m blown away (that doesn’t happen easily). I’ve never seen any product do this before…”
On top of ensuring a perfect bake, Baking Mats are also notorious for having a non stick surface. This eliminates the need for Parchment Paper and Grease while also making the whole process of baking easier and mess free. If Baking is a struggle for you, or you’re just beginning, try finding a great Non Stick Silicone Baking Mat to bake your Cookies on. Baking Buddy is currently the only Baking Mat on the market that actually includes a Standard Cookie Recipe on the surface of the mat, among many other convenient pieces of information like measurements and metric conversions.
6 – Take advantage of the Cookie Chart: The funny thing about perfection? Everyone has a different version of it. How could anyone crack the code to the ‘Perfect Cookie’ when people like different types of cookie? Some like them gooey and thick, others like their cookie flat and crunchy. That’s where the beauty of the Cookie Chart comes in. The Cookie Chart is a graph that shows you how to modify your amount of an ingredient in your cookie recipe, based on the type of cookie you desire. It can be seen here, printed on Baking Buddy’s Non Stick Silicone Baking Mat. Don’t be afraid to take advantage of it, so that you can bake YOUR version of the perfect cookie!