Cookie Help Please.

Baking By sasporella Updated 30 Oct 2008 , 5:17pm by toleshed

sasporella Posted 28 Oct 2008 , 3:14pm
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Does anyone know what causes the cookie dough to loose its shape when baking? I am trying to make the witch fingers and everytime they just spread that much that they don't even look like anything other than a shape. I have read on some forums that NFSC is best for making them but what does that stand for. I have searched for the recipe and i can't seem to find it. Can anyone help me please?

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khufstetler Posted 28 Oct 2008 , 3:42pm
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NFSC stands for No Fail Sugar Cookie and the recipe is here:

They really are no-fail. I use it RELIGEOUSLY!


Roll your dough out (or shape it) onto parchment paper immediately after making it then freeze thoroughly. Go from freezer straight onto a NOT HOT cookie sheet (still on parchment) and into the oven.

HTH! (hope this helps!) icon_wink.gif

sasporella Posted 28 Oct 2008 , 3:45pm
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Thankyou so much, you have been a big help. icon_biggrin.gif

trishalynn0708 Posted 28 Oct 2008 , 3:48pm
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I am going to use that recipe on Thursday to make my neices cookies to take to school for her class for Halloween.. I can not wait to try it. My mom is making a big deal about me using that recipe because it doesn't have any nutmeg in it. She said ALL sugar cookies have nutmeg.. lol! So, we will see.

mandi1613 Posted 28 Oct 2008 , 3:52pm
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[She said ALL sugar cookies have nutmeg.. ]

i'm sure you can add a little nutmeg to the recipe without comprimising the quality of the cookie

FromScratch Posted 28 Oct 2008 , 3:53pm
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I do the same thing, only I use Penny's recipe and they don't lose their shape either. In my experience, Penny's recipe yields a better cookie.. it's more tender. The recipes are pretty much the same, only Penny's has heavy cream in it.

You can find it here:

I usually use either Antonia's royal icing (you can find that recipe on CC) or fondant to decorate them. Just roll out some fondant while they are baking and use the same cookie cutter you cut the cookies out with to cut out a fondant "cookie" and let it set up a little before placing them on your cookies right when they come from the oven. The heat with melt to fondant onto the cookie and you have a perfectly covered cookie to now detail with royal icing. icon_smile.gif

FromScratch Posted 28 Oct 2008 , 3:55pm
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Nutmeg? I have never had a sugar cookie with nutmeg in it so not ALL sugar cookies have it.. icon_wink.gif. Moms.. icon_rolleyes.gif can't live with 'em.. can't sell 'em on eBay. icon_lol.gif

l80bug79 Posted 28 Oct 2008 , 4:24pm
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last batch i made i substituted 8 oz of cream cheese for 8 oz of butter and loved how they taste. takes a little more time in the freezer when cutting them out.

maimerbaker Posted 28 Oct 2008 , 4:25pm
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...can't sell moms on ebay! That is too funny.

Jkalman - Thanks for your tips on fondant covered cookies. I never would have thought to add it on straight out of the oven, but it makes sense. I am also going to check out Penny's recipe. I saw you mention it in other posts, but was not sure who Penny was icon_smile.gif

khufstetler Posted 28 Oct 2008 , 4:30pm
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No nutmeg here either...never even considered it, sounds more like a snickerdoodle. I did have a seven year old tell her mom she didn't like the NFSC because there was too much 'almond paste' in it.


SOMEONE has been watching too much Food Network (like there is such a thing as too much, haha - just ask my 11 year old who is in love with Alton Brown)


hanacakes Posted 28 Oct 2008 , 7:08pm
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i am sooooo glad to have found this...i was having the same issue with my cookies. they were just flat ovals by the time they came out of the oven...hopefully my next batch will be more successfull. =)

toleshed Posted 29 Oct 2008 , 12:27pm
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These witches fingers are "naked" aren't they? No fondant on them? I'm making them tomorrow also

toleshed Posted 30 Oct 2008 , 1:40pm
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Does anyone know if melted choc. will hold the almond on?

sasporella Posted 30 Oct 2008 , 1:57pm
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i just don't know what i am doing wrong. I followed the recipe for NFSC and still they spread in the oven. Anyone know what i am doing or not doing. At first i thought i might be making the fingers too big and thick so i made then smaller and flatter but still they spread.

toleshed Posted 30 Oct 2008 , 2:00pm
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Yeah I made mine from The Flour Pot's recipe and they spread also. I'm going to call mine "monster toes" instead of witches fingers.

sasporella Posted 30 Oct 2008 , 2:06pm
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icon_lol.gif Monster toes, i like it .I think i'm just going to give it up as a bad job and do something else instead. The kids are happy though they love cookies no matter what shape they are.

toleshed Posted 30 Oct 2008 , 2:09pm
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Mine are going to a grown-up party. I'll post a pic when I'm done. They don't look that bad

Dawanka Posted 30 Oct 2008 , 2:13pm
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sasporella here is a recipe I found online and used it to make star cutouts and they didn't melt. I made them just last thursday. My boyfriend loved the taste.

No-chill Cutout Sugar Cookies
This is a nice sugar cookie which doesn't require that you chill the dough before you roll it out. We recommend you roll it out between two sheets of waxed paper to prevent sticking.

Makes about 24
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons baking powder
3 cups all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 375°F. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Add baking powder and flour one cup at a time, mixing after each addition. Dough will be stiff. Do not chill dough. Divide dough in half. Roll each half about 1/8 inch thick. Dip cutters into flour before each use. Bake cookies on ungreased cookie sheet on middle rack of oven for 8-12 minutes, or until cookies are lightly browned.

toleshed Posted 30 Oct 2008 , 5:17pm
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Well my witch fingers don't look as nice as whoevers it was the posted the picture, but they aren't too bad. Heres a pic (I hope)

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