So you're ready! It's the holidays, you've purchased some amazing Festival Foods cookie dough to help with dessert plans and now you just need to know how to pull off some delicious cookies.
Don't worry! We've got great tips to make some delicious, ooey gooey yet crunchy in the right places cookies.
- Chill the dough for cut-out cookies and then let it soften at room temperature for a few minutes before rolling it out.
- Use a small ice cream scoop or a cookie scoop for consistent size cookies. A good size? Try ½ ounce cookie.
- Unless you are baking with non-stick pans and cookie sheets, use parchment paper for stick-free baking and easy clean-up.
- Choose the right cookie sheets. Look for shiny, heavy-gauge cookie sheets with very low or no sides. Avoid dark cookie sheets, which may cause cookie bottoms to burn. A note that insulated cookie sheets tend to yield pale cookies with soft centers. You may have trouble when using them for cookies that contain a large amount of butter, such as sugar cookie cutouts, because the butter may melt and leak out before the dough is set. Insulated cookie sheets sometimes brown cookies on the bottoms which can make the rest of the cookie too dry if baked too long.
- Always let pans cool before baking another batch.
- Leave at least 2 inches of space between cookies so they don't spread into each other.
- Always bake one sheet at a time and use the middle rack of the oven for best results.
- Adjust baking times to achieve the cookie texture you crave. Less time produces chewier cookies and more time makes them crispy.
- Set the timer for 2-3 minutes less than the cooking time calls for in the recipe. Take the cookies out of the oven just as they're beginning to look done because the residual heat from the cookie sheet will continue to bake the cookies. Slightly under-baked cookies are more tender and moist.
- Under-bake cookies just a bit to make them chewy and leave them on the pan for about 10 minutes. It's a great method for the best Chocolate Chip Cookies.
- Cool cookies completely before decorating.