Discover why cookies sometimes get flat, how to best freeze cookie dough, and the secret to getting that beautiful golden brown cookie. Then, try out some of my newest cookie recipes before Santa calls dibs.
Why are my cookies flat?
It could be one of three things. First, if your baking powder or soda isn't new, your cookies won't rise properly. Also, make sure you haven't over-greased your baking sheet(s). Lastly, make sure the baking sheet(s) aren't too warm when you're adding new dough. If they're too warm, they'll start baking before they ever reach the oven.
Can you freeze cookie dough?
Yes, heavy dough, like chocolate chip, shortbread, gingerbread or sugar, freezes beautifully. Avoid freezing light-textured dough or those with an egg white base, like meringue cookies. Just be sure to tightly wrap the dough to protect it from freezer burn and prevent it from absorbing freezer odors. The general rule of thumb is to bake the dough within six months.
How do you get the perfect golden brown?
Rotate the cookie sheets 180 degrees halfway through the baking time. Also, because darker pans absorb heat faster (and the heat transfers to the cookies faster) gingersnaps, macaroons and dark cookies work best on darker baking sheets. Light colored pans are best for chocolate chip, oatmeal or shortbreads.
These sweet, buttery cookies are a common Christmas treat in Hungary. For a festive and homemade gift, place a few of these cookies into a small plastic favor bag, tie them up with ribbon and maybe include a note about their origin.
David's insider tip: Have 30 minutes? You can make cookies. We use a box of vanilla cake mix as the base in this five-ingredient recipe and it works beautifully. To make double chocolate cookies, use chocolate cake mix.
Makes 40-42 cookies
David's insider tip: Don't have time to make gingerbread men? Then trade your old recipe, which is sure to yield crisp, brittle cookies, for this one. Soft, chewy, flavorful gingerbread cookies await you.
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