Hidden Secrets Of The Best Cookie Recipe Ever
by Jeffrey Dorrian
For many, baking is a chemistry experiment
gone horribly wrong, or just maybe, wonderfully correct. The variables of
oven heat, local water properties and each manufacturers subtle
differences in oil and flour quality can turn the best recipe into a
kitchen nightmare. The true secret is to never give up and to keep
adjusting your recipe to your own taste.
One of the most common problems with cookie
recipes, is what to do with the butter. Butter has amazing properties and
flavors that cannot be duplicated by other oils. It does however have one
of the lowest melting temperatures of all of the baking oils and can cause
your cookie to flatten into a gigantic mess. Solution, integrate some
equal parts of shortening into your recipe. For every ounce of butter
taken away, add an ounce of shortening. Also ball and refrigerate your
cookie dough before putting it onto a pan and into the oven. Lastly double
pan your cookies, so the heat is more evenly distributed and no too hot on
the bottom side of your cookie. This will eliminate cookies that get
burned on the bottom.
I have yet to see a cookie recipe made with
all purpose flour that could not be improved by substituting some cake
flour into the recipe. Start with a one third substitution and see if this
makes your cookie a little lighter and easier to chew. For some super
added flavor, use a premium cake mix. I use a spice cake mix in one of my
recipes for the most amazing Christmas cookies you will ever taste.
Chocolate and vanilla cake mixes do an amazing job as well. If you have a
favorite cake mix, it would be a perfect candidate to try in a cookie
Thirty years ago it would have been very
hard to find a chewy cookie. Famous Amos made a fortune selling a nice
tasty chocolate chip cookie that was neither soft nor chewy. Today chewy
cookies are all the rage. If your recipe doesn't have any brown sugar in
it try substituting a portion of brown sugar for regular white sugar. The
key is to keep experiment until you have to exact consistency that you
These three baking tips will help you make
your perfect cookie. Everyone's taste is different from each others, so
don't be disappointed if someone does not care for your baking
masterpiece. Remember, never give up and keep experimenting until you have
the perfect cookie.
About the Author
Jeffrey Dorrian is the webmaster at
thesoapguy.com. He has been making handmade soap for six years.
"Handmade soap is a little luxury anyone can afford".