Cookies are delicious, handheld desserts that come in every shape, size, flavor , and texture imaginable. We love them with milk, with friends, at parties, as gifts, and as messy kitchen endeavors.
Lehi Roller Mills loves cookies more than anyone else, so we’re giving you some tips to keep your cookie baking career strong, and to help you create the perfect cookie every time!
1) Ditch The Baking Spray for Parchment Paper!
Cooking spray is a fantastic invention, but it can leave your cookie sheets greasy and hard to wash.
Not to mention, it can change the texture of your cookies! Opt for parchment paper for easy, non-stick clean up, and evenly-baked cookies every single time.
2) Don’t Be Afraid To Experiment
We at Lehi Roller Mills LOVE to experiment with our recipes—especially our mixes!
Give sugar cookies a lemony zing by adding lemon zest to the dough.
Add peanut butter or chopped nuts to your favorite chocolate chip cookies, and try dried cranberries or apples with cinnamon oatmeal cookies!
Cookies are awesome because the possibilities are endless.
3) Get The Perfect Shape
When using a softer dough that requires you to scoop it onto the baking sheet, try chilling it for an hour and using a melon-baller (if you don’t have a cookie scoop) for perfectly-shaped cookies!
4) Save That Dough!
Perhaps you’ve prepared a whole recipe of cookie dough, but only want to bake half of it right away.
Save time and effort by shaping all of the cookie dough into balls. Bake some, and freeze the rest in a Tupperware container or Ziploc bag for easy baking in the future.
5) Pay Attention To Cook Time
If a recipe’s instructions recommend baking your cookies for 10-15 minutes, check on your cookies at the minimum cook time, or ten minutes.
Over-baking is easy to do and will sneak up on you. Set your timer and abide by the recipe for perfectly baked cookies!
6) DIY Cooling Racks
If you don’t have enough cooling racks to properly cool your batch, make your own cooling station!
Use wax paper sprinkled with sugar to ensure perfect cooling without the sogginess.
7) Use Unsalted Butter
Using unsalted butter in your cookies ensures that your dough isn’t too salty, the flavor and consistency are better, and the ingredients are fresher.
Salt is a preservative, which means salted butter has a longer shelf life. However, when you use unsalted butter, you’re typically using a fresher ingredient in your cookies.
8) Cool The Cookie Sheet
Don’t use a hot or warm cookie sheet! It will begin to melt your cookie dough before it gets to the oven, which means your cookies will not cook properly.
Before you begin baking, make sure you have at least two cookie sheets (especially if you’re baking a large batch) to interchange so you always have a cool baking sheet.
9) Add Some Shine
For easy, glossy sugar cookie icing that will make your cookies almost too pretty to eat (ALMOST), mix 2 cups confectioner’s sugar, 4 teaspoons of milk, and 4 teaspoons of light corn syrup.
10) Measure Perfectly
We’re serious about this, and you’ll thank us when your cookies come out delicious and moist instead of tough and dry.
Instead of scooping your flour with the measuring cup, spoon your flour into the cup until it’s full, then gently level off with the back of a butter knife.
This ensures that the perfect amount of flour is placed in the recipe, and prevents the flour from having any air space or becoming packed too tightly.