If you are just learning
to bake you will need to know how to make
cookies that you will be proud of. See our baking tips for
successful cookie making every time. The secret is really in the cookie
dough and the type of fat you use. Once you know how, you can then try
our easy cookie recipes to follow.
Flour is an important
ingredient because you need to get the right
consistency to your dough for your cookies to be successful. If you
don't have enough flour in the dough, when you place them in the oven
they won't hold their shape and spread everywhere leaving you feeling a
bit fed up and disappointed.
You may also find that
although you have the right amount of flour in
your dough you added either too much butter, milk or the like. As a
result your dough will not be stiff enough. Add extra flour until you
get the right consistency. Don't add too much flour either.
So how do you know what the right consistency is for your cookie dough?
Well if you leave your cookie dough for a few hours until it is cold it
should stiffen up quite nicely. If it is still very soft you know that
you need to add more flour.
Your cookie dough will benefit from being left overnight anyway. Make
your dough in the afternoon or evening, place in the fridge and then
roll out the following morning and make your cookies.
Never take more dough than you can easily manage when rolling out.
Rather divide the dough and place a manageable size onto a floured
board. With floured fingers lightly press the dough flour out so that
it forms a flat round of about 1/2 inch in thickness.
Now take a lightly floured rolling pin and starting from the center
lightly roll to the edge. Give the dough a quarter turn and repeat the
process until the dough is 1/4 inch thick and as round as possible.
If you are making snaps or wafer cookies, then you will need to roll
out the cookie dough a lot thinner. However, 1/4 inch thickness is the
usual thickness for cookies.
You will notice that after each round has been cut into rounds using a
cookie cutter, that you have some dough left over. Don't put these
scraps with the new round of dough that you will now work. Rather put
the scraps aside until you have used up all the cookie dough and then,
when you have the scraps from all the worked dough add them altogether
and then you can roll them out as before.
Doing it this way means that you won't get too much flour worked into
the dough which would give you those tough, dry cookies that you don't
How to Make Cookies and Using Cookie Cutters
You can still get tin cookie cutters, but nowadays you can also cookie
cutters made from plastic. I perfer the tin cookie cutters, but that is
just a matter of opinion; the plastic ones also work well, although I
feel that you get a sharper edge with the tin cutters.
Anyway, when using cookie cutters you will come across some common
shapes; stars, diamonds, circles and hearts. But there are also cookie
cutters out there for special occasions and you can get cutters for
Christmas, Halloween, Easter, etc.
The trick is to place the cookie cutter onto the dough in such a way as
to minimize wastage and having to mix the scraps together again. Again,
set aside all the dough scraps until you have finished cutting and then
mix them altogether and roll them out again. However, the texture of
these cookies will be different to the ones first cut out.
In cutting the dough, try to cut it to the best possible advantage,
leaving as little space between the cookies as possible. Very often,
for example, when diamond-shaped cookies are being cut, the line of one
may be the exact line of the one next to it and then no dough is left
between the cookies.
Baking Tips on How to Make Cookies Perfectly Every Time
You need to use a shallow baking tray to allow the heat to get to the
cookies evenly. Have the oven ready, the baking tray greased
with butter and then dusted with flour. Shake out the excess flour and
put the cut out cookies onto the tray using a spatula.
Make sure that there is enough space between them as you don't want
them touching. If they are cookies that spread, you will end up with a
Place your the tray onto the lowest rack in your oven for 3 minutes.
This will help cook the bottom of the cookies and they will rise as
much as they will. After 3 minutes are up, remove and place them on a
middle rack allowing them to cook undisturbed until they are golden
brown on the top. Don't allow your cookies to burn.
Remove from the oven and place them on a baking rack to cool. Allow
your tray to cool before baking the next batch of cookies. Re-grease and
flour your tin as before.
We have a number of cookie recipes
you to try, now that you know how to make cookies!
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