Is there anything better than homemade, freshly baked cookies straight from the oven? Whether you love them crispy or chewy, thick or thin, a warm cookie is everything. It’s such a let down when they don’t turn out the way you hoped!
If you want to take your cookie baking game to a whole new level, you’ll be happy to know it’s really not hard. The truth is that great homemade cookies usually come down to following a few simple steps.
1. Ingredients should be at room temperature. Unless your recipe calls for melted butter, let it sit on the counter for 30 minutes or so. You’ll also want your eggs at room temperature.
2. Be thorough when you cream your sugar & butter together You’ll first beat the butter until it’s nice and creamy, and then add the sugar and beat for an additional 10 minutes or so. What you’re doing here is beating air into the butter while the sugar holds the air. It really does make a difference in the way your cookies turn out.
3. Buy the best real vanilla you can afford. It’s far superior to vanilla flavoring and makes such a difference.
4. Don’t pack the flour in the measuring cups. Instead, put it into the measuring cup by the spoonful. Why? You run the risk of accidentally using too much flour otherwise, which means your cookies could be hard.
5. Speaking of flour, if you want soft-baked cookies, use cake flour rather than all-purpose flour. When you substitute the cake flour, you just need to add an extra 2 TBSP for every cup.
6. If you have the time, pop the cookie dough in the refrigerator for at least an hour, longer if you can. It’ll keep your cookies from spreading too much, and the longer it sits in the fridge, the more robust the flavors.
7. Always have parchment paper on hand. It will make clean-up incredibly easy, and your cookies will slide right off. It’s wonderful!
8. Use a scoop with a squeeze handle to measure the cookie dough and put it on the parchment paper. The heat from your hands could make the dough sticky and the cookie size won’t be uniform.
9. Make sure the cookie sheet is on the middle rack, and only cook one batch at a time.
10. Take them out of the oven a few minutes early. Your cookies should be a light golden brown around the edges when you take them out. Be sure and let them sit on the cookie sheet until they have set up enough to transfer them without having them fall apart.