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post #16 of 36
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post #17 of 36
Hi yellobutterfly and RitzyFritz, I too, have been going crazy for years with spread-out, greasy, easily broken chocolate chip cookies and a few other butter-rich cookies. ( Sure, they tasted great, if you don't mind a mouthful of greasy pieces!) I wanted my cookies to look like Mrs. Fields at the mall or like any photo you see of this classic cookie. One day my snotty husband said "Let me try!" I cursed at him and said "Okay, be my guest, smarta**!" So he took out the ingredients, did NOT let the butter come to room temp. and his cookies were gorgeous!!!! icon_mad.gif I was so mad and disbelieving that I immediately made another batch with cold butter and YEP--they turned out beautiful. All those wasted ( but eaten) batches of ugly cookies and HE, unwittingly, nails it !!! icon_cry.gif
And yes, in case you're wondering, I always chilled my dough balls completely--still didn't work. Something about that cold butter in the mixing stage made it right. Hope this works for you. If it doesn't, I'm truly sorry for another bad batch!
post #18 of 36
Thanks, Nancy! That is a great observation; however, I did exactly that on my cookies!! I put it in there cold (because I figure the mixer will cause it to warm and soften it). I have attached a picture that I took 2 minutes ago. Same recipe for each cookie. The one on the right was cooked ONLY 30 seconds longer than the one on the left. The remedy I came up with to fix this? I ground 1/2 cup of quick oats in my magic bullet until it was like flour and kneaded it into the already completely mixed dough. The one on the left is the result of that addition. They taste scrumptious too!!

By the way, I love your cookies! When I grow up I wanna be just like you! thumbs_up.gif
LL
post #19 of 36
Thanks, RitzyFritz, for being kind with my lame help. ( It really did work, but obviously doesn't always!) Let's hope that yellobutterfly tries your excellent idea before mine! I'm definitely going to use your ground quick oats trick next time. That photo--hot off the press!--makes it very clear what a good idea this is.
Thanks also for your very nice comment. ( Think I'll just stick to decorated cookies icon_redface.gif )
post #20 of 36
No, no!! Your idea really is good!! I wondered if the macadamia nuts have an oil to them that somehow you have to compensate for? I noticed them to leave an oily residue on my hands when I was chopping them. I really honestly do not know! I do know that the ground oatmeal helped so much! But, I won't let the butter get soft either. I think that would be worse for sure! No need to have that embarrased smilie. icon_biggrin.gif
post #21 of 36
I have had this same problem with my cookies. I think I have found out the problem. When I used tub butter they came out flat, but when I used stick butter they came out perfect. So from now on I only use tub butter for my cakes and use stick butter for my cookies. I hope this helps icon_razz.gif
post #22 of 36
I have always had that problem, and I had always used the Nestle recipe. Same thing.. great taste, but too thin and look awful.

Until recently. Now, I'm not sure why, but the only thing I can come up with is one of two reasons. Normally, I had always used country crock sticks of butter (I just like the taste of it).. Until a few months ago, when I started using unsalted butter (yeah, it was after watching an episode of Good Eats that I decided to use unsalted in my baking). Nothing spectacular about it.. Just generic unsalted butter from walmart, AND I quit using my hand mixer to make them. I bought a Kitchen Aid with "returned gift" money from our wedding in April. I made cookies for my husband and son to christen the new mixer.

Now, I'm not sure if it was the butter or the mixer, but those cookies were fabulous. I just used a spoon to drop giant spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet. I didn't flatten them or use a scoop or anything, and they spread out to be almost perfectly round and had a great height on them. They looked store bought. I did notice there was a change in the batter as I was dropping them too. It seemed to be more full. It filled the bowl more, and made more cookies. I use to only get a dozen or so small cookies, this time I got over a dozen huge cookies. So, I'm not positive if it was the butter (which I let set to room temperature) or the mixer, but I'm going to guess it was the mixer.

If you're already using unsalted butter, and a Kitchen Aid mixer (or other stand mixer), then I'm unsure what it could possibly be. Maybe you aren't mixing it long enough between steps or something. I'm not really a cookie maker, only make them about once every year or so, so I'm afraid I'm not much help.

I do wish you the best of luck, and I will be keeping an eye on this thread to see if I can learn something myself. I might just have to add cookies to my list of baking favorites. icon_smile.gif

Holly
Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
~Albert Einstein~
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Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
~Albert Einstein~
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post #23 of 36
yep cold butter makes all the difference in the world.
Learned that when my husband bought me a new betty crocker cook book ( my old one had just fallen apart after 20 years).
Anyway the new one had all these lovely hints and pictures, how to's etc. One was of what a cookie looks llike when you use different types of butter/marg. The one made with melted butter was paper thin, the room temp was flat too. Cool butter=puffy cookies. icon_smile.gif

Also....someone said "bread butts"
BAHHAHAAA! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

Never heard that one, we just called them "heals".
Not anymore, baby!

mommachris

wife to David for 25 years
mom to 13 blessings
Nine who are still living at home that range from 22 to 4 years old.
Holly, Amy, Aaron, Evelyn, Zebedee, Melody, William, Melissa and little Tobin
and four more sweet babies in heaven.

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wife to David for 25 years
mom to 13 blessings
Nine who are still living at home that range from 22 to 4 years old.
Holly, Amy, Aaron, Evelyn, Zebedee, Melody, William, Melissa and little Tobin
and four more sweet babies in heaven.

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post #24 of 36
Mommachris,
Which Betty Crocker book is that? My BC cooky book is 55 years old and falling apart. It might be time to update.
Thanks!
BsKookies
post #25 of 36
I agree with Stephanie and Ritzyfritz. America's Test Kitchen's article describing their research on chocolate chip cookies is the best! I've used their recipe for years and have no more problems with flat cookies. Check out their site. You'll love it!
post #26 of 36
Here's the recipe I use and love...

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes 1 1/2 dozen 3-inch cookies
2 1/8 cups bleached all-purpose flour (about 10 1/2 ounces)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
12 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 - 2 cups chocolate chips or chunks (semi or bittersweet)


1. Heat oven to 325 degrees. Adjust oven racks to upper- and lower-middle positions. Mix flour, salt, and baking soda together in medium bowl; set aside.

2. Either by hand or with electric mixer, mix butter and sugars until thoroughly blended. Mix in egg, yolk, and vanilla. Add dry ingredients; mix until just combined. Don't over mix. Stir in chips.

3. Form scant 1/4 cup dough into ball. Holding dough ball using fingertips of both hands, pull into two equal halves. Rotate halves ninety degrees and, with jagged surfaces exposed, join halves together at their base, again forming a single cookie, being careful not to smooth doughs uneven surface. Place formed dough onto one of two parchment paper-lined 20-by-14-inch lipless cookie sheets, about nine dough balls per sheet.

4. Bake, reversing cookie sheets positions halfway through baking, until cookies are light golden brown and outer edges start to harden yet centers are still soft and puffy, 15 to 18 minutes (start checking at 13 minutes). (Frozen dough requires an extra 1 to 2 minutes baking time.) Cool cookies on cookie sheets.
post #27 of 36
A few helps.

* If you don't already have one, buy an oven themometer and check the accuracy of your oven. If the calibration is off, the cookies may spread too quickly. My home oven is off by nearly 50 degrees.
* I use only unsalted, stick butter. Occasionally (depending on the variety) some of my cookies also have a small amount of butter flavored Crisco in addition to the butter itself. Sounds like you are using a tried and true recipe, though.
* I let the butter soften but am careful not to melt it. Then I cream the butter and sugar with a mixer until it is light and fluffy. I know this may seem like common sense but I think a lot of people overlook or rush this step.
* I refrigerate my dough--often place it in the freezer--a minimum of 30 minutes. No matter what the cookie is.
* I always use a Silpat. My baking sheets were purchased from Sam's Club. I've been through dozens of different kinds of cookie sheets and these are by far the best I've ever used. Older cookie sheets may show signs of wear and may be contributing to your problem.
* I portion out my dough using a scoop and/or dampened hands. This really helps with a consistent looking cookie.
* I underbake slightly. The magic number on most cookies, for me, seems to be eight minutes. Of course, this will vary depending on the type of cookie and size that you are baking.
post #28 of 36
Thread Starter 
Wow, this thread has really taken off! (last time I checked it only had 3 or 4 replies - I stopped getting notifications for some reason)....

I just wanted to let everyone know I made some cookies the other day and used the usual quaker recipe but instead of the baking soda I used baking powder and my usual cookie scoop. The powder definitely made a difference, they were cute and fat but didn't spread much at all...I'll have to experiment with this a little, I'm thinking next time I'll use the powder and add some soda in addition to it...have to play a little...atleast we can eat the mistakes, right?

happy baking and thanks for all the recipes and advice, I'm off to check out that america's test kitchen article now!
post #29 of 36
thanks for the link
post #30 of 36
I was going to say.. recipes with mainly baking soda and nothing acidic to react with it, will yield thin cookies. Baking powder will make things puff up as it already has a reagent in it to make the baking soda in it work. I don't like cookies that have only baking powder in them as they are too puffy for me and don't get that chewy center that I love. My hubby loves paper thin crispy cookies.. I like them to have a little more substance to them, but not be super puffy.

Also.. if you over whip your butter and sugar it encorporates too much air into your cookies and that will make them fall too. I always use room temp unsalted butter and I have nicely puffed cookies, so cold butter isn't necessarily a fix-all.
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