A cookie recipe is a list of ingredients and a set of instructions that describes how to make a particular type of cookie.
By following a recipe carefully, you can bake delicious homemade cookies.
Look at the recipe yield so you know how many cookies you will make. You may choose to half the recipe (to make fewer) or double it (to make more.)
A standard recipe lists ingredients in the order they are used. Some ingredients are listed as optional, in which case you can choose to eliminate them or include them in your cookies.
To measure ingredients accurately use measuring utensils, such as cup and spoon measures, rather than cups and spoons you use for eating.
Use separate utensils for dry ingredients and liquid
ingredients. Dry ingredient measures (both cups and spoons) are plastic or
metal with flat top surfaces. This allows you to fill the cup or spoon in
excess and use a knife or spatula to level off the extra to get an exact dry measure. (Get more details about how to measure dry ingredients.)
Liquid ingredient measuring cups are glass or plastic. They have amount indicators listed along the side of the cup and a pouring spout with which to dispense liquid ingredients. To measure liquid ingredients, set the measuring cup on the counter or a flat surface. Fill the cup measure with the liquid ingredient to the appropriate level, allowing it to settle to ensure proper measurement. Then add the liquid to your mixture.
In the oven. A cookie recipe lists a baking time in a range, such as “10-12 minutes.” The span allows for variances in ingredients and ovens. Begin checking your cookies at the shortest baking time. Recipes often provide an indicator as to when cookies are considered “done,” such as “edges are golden brown.”
After baking. Follow the recipe directions for what to do with the cookies once you remove them from the oven. Some cookies need to set on the baking sheet before they are transferred to a wire cooling rack. Other cookies need to be sliced right away.
Write notes on your recipe to remind yourself about what you
learned for the next time you make a cookie recipe. As you keep track over the years over what you've learned in the kitchen, you will develop all kinds of tips and tricks.
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