These Cookie Baking Tips are a result of many years of trial and error. Along the way we have had some cookie disasters along with a few “why didn’t we think of that before” moments.
A lot of the cookie baking tips we are sharing on this page will enable you to work faster and more efficiently so you aren’t spending all day in the kitchen.
Parchment paper can really speed up your cookie baking when you are using only one baking sheet.
- Start by cutting three or four pieces of parchment paper, sizing it to your baking sheet, leaving about an inch of paper hanging off of one end of the baking sheet.
- Put one piece on your baking sheet and load up with the cookie dough according to the recipe and put into the oven.
- While that batch is baking, load up the second piece of parchment paper.
- When the first batch of cookies comes out, hold the baking sheet close to the cooling rack, carefully grab the overhanging edge of the parchment paper and drag onto the cooling rack.
- After cooling the baking sheet with a quick rinse and dry, it’s ready for the next batch you prepared. Set your cookie sheet next to your loaded parchment paper and carefully slide onto the cookie sheet. Load and repeat as necessary.
Just covering cookies with sugar or sprinkles prior to baking doesn’t work very well: Most of the granules will fall off by the time the cookies are removed from the baking sheet.
A moist surface is necessary to help bind the sugar to the dough. We have found that lightly brushing the tops of the unbaked cookies with water acts as a glue to help keep the sugar toppings on.
Here is another quick cookie baking tip: Most cookie recipes require butter to be soft so that it can be created easier with electric beaters. When we get the urge to bake cookies, waiting an hour for butter to soften on its own is usually not an option. So here’s what we do.
- Unwrap the butter or margarine sticks and put them on a microwave safe plate
- Place into the microwave and select the lowest power setting.
- Microwave for 5-second intervals until you can easily make a dent in the butter with your finger. It should then be soft enough to use.
Most of the cookie recipes on this site recommend that you turn your cookie sheets halfway through the cooking time for more evenly baked cookies.
We usually set a timer to remind us when to turn the baking sheets but sometimes we will go to turn the cookies and get side tracked by a phone call or a question or two from one of our kids. That’s when the dreaded “senior moment” kicks in and we can’t remember if we did, in fact, turn the baking sheets.
To solve this problem, we mark the parchment paper on one corner with a letter or number to help remind us. If you are not using parchment paper, you could mark your baking sheet with a Sharpie.
It takes at least 10 – 15 minutes for a standard oven to reach the desired temperature. Cookies rely on a sudden blast of high heat in order to bake properly. So try not to get impatient with your oven and put them in before it is preheated.
Don’t Put Cookie Dough On Hot Baking Sheets
This is a cookie baking tip worth remembering: It is tempting to put more cookie dough on baking sheets as they come right out of the oven, this is not a good idea because the butter in cookie dough will begin to melt and the cookies will start to spread out before you get them into the oven. You can cool down baking sheets quickly by running them under cool water. Be sure they are completely dry before using.
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