Why Don't My Chocolate Chip Cookies Turn Out When Baking?

Chocolate Chip Cookies When it comes to treats, only apple pie can rival the classic chocolate chip cookie for the title of Most Classic Baked Good. Despite the popularity of these cookies, they can actually be more tricky to...

Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookies

When it comes to treats, only apple pie can rival the classic chocolate chip cookie for the title of Most Classic Baked Good. Despite the popularity of these cookies, they can actually be more tricky to make than one would anticipate. In fact, 'Why don't my chocolate chip cookies turn out when baking?' is a question we're often asked. In the interest of helping you bake cookies that earn rave reviews from all who try them, here are a few common problems and some possible solutions.

Cookies that melt when baking: You could be over mixing the cookie dough; next time, beat the eggs, sugar and butter for a little less time than you would normally. Another option, if you have a stand mixer, is to use cold butter. People often think that room-temperature butter is best for baking, but this isn't always the case. Cold butter can add structure to the dough and keep the cookies from spreading too much while they're in the oven. (If you only have a hand mixer, though, it may not stand up to cold butter.)

Cookies that are tough or dry: One way to counteract tough, dry cookies is to try to use a little less flour than the recipe calls for, or try a different recipe entirely.

Cookies that don't taste homemade: What kind of chocolate chips are you using? Some lower-end brands of chocolate chips substitute cheaper ingredients for the very things that give chocolate its rich, complex flavor. Gourmet chocolate chips are a little more expensive, but they can be worth it if you just do not like the taste of less expensive brands.

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