Baking cookies, is that something you won't start with because all of the things that can go wrong. Don't be, because with these 5 tips it can't go wrong anymore and baking will become your favorite task. And a whole bunch of delicious cookies are made.
Tips for baking the perfect homemade cookies
One of the most important things to keep in mind by baking in general, and by baking cookies particularly is with an expensive French word make sure to do a mise-en-place. In other words: prepare and weigh everything in advance. Read your recipe twice before you start, weigh everything and put it in hand range, so you only have to add and mix.
Cold, cold, cold!
Are you finding troubles that your cookies won't hold shape or drip? Then probably your ingredients and materials aren't cold enough. If the recipe tells the dough should be cooled in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, make sure you are (longer isn't a problem, but don't shorten the time). And use a cold baking plate. Even more, after every step, put the baking plate back in the fridge so everything remains cold. You will see it works.
Measuring is knowing!
When cooking dinner I often add something at taste to my pots and pans. And, most of the times, it still tastes wonderful with great texture. But when baking you can't do that without changing the end result. the ratio wet - dry, creamy etcetera is very important. Therefor always use a good scale to know for sure. In recipes coming from America theres a tendency to work with cups, teaspoons and tablespoons, but I don't advice it because it can easily give errors (like with brown sugar 1 cup loose or 1 cup packed brown sugar is a different weigh). I always calculate to grams, ounces, pounds or kilograms and start using my scale. Because measuring = knowing.
Baking paper or baking sheet
Always use baking paper or a baking sheet. Your cookies will stick less, so you can get them of the plate easily (and without braking). This is a good thing!
Cool down on a wire rack
Don't ever cool the cookies on your baking sheet or paper, but let them cool slightly (about 5 minutes) and then place them on wire rack. The air can circulate around the cookie, making it extra, crispy, crunchy and hard.