Your Cheat Sheet to Baking Cookies

Chewy cookies turned crispy? Here's a quick guide on how to get cookie-baking right.

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Not all cookies are created equal. Here's a quick guide on how to make and bake cookies just the way you like 'em: 

 

If you want crispy cookies:

Use granulated white sugar.

Use butter as fat.

Bake cookies completely.

Store properly in air-tight containers.

 

 

If you want soft cookies:

Use brown sugar, honey, or molasses as sweeteners.

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Underbake by a few minutes.

Bake in large thick sizes.

Store properly by wrapping tightly with plastic wrap.

 

 

If you want cakey and puffy cookies:

Use shortening or margarine.

Add an egg.

Use cake or pastry flour.

Use baking powder instead of baking soda.

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Chill your dough before baking.

 


 

If you want crumbly cookies:

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Lessen fat and sugar.

Use bread flour.

 

 

If you want chewy cookies:

Use bread flour.

Underbake by a few minutes.

Use brown sugar, honey, or molasses as sweeteners.

 

 

ALSO READ: Bake Better Cookies! 14 Secrets to Making Cookies Everyone Will Love

 

 

Photos by Mark Jesalva and Lilen Uy


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