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dlish's picture

Flat Cookies (post #63513)

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Help, my cookies are flat! 8^(

Is my butter too warm??

I am trying to be patient. I'm just chalking it up to getting used to a new kitchen -- a new ceramic-top stove, and an older wall oven. I guess one of the first things I should do is get an oven thermometer.

If you all could help me get some lift back in my cookies, it would do wonders for my cookie-baking confidence.

Thanks!

Jean's picture

(post #63513, reply #1 of 9)

What kind were they? I'd try baking them after an overnight in the fridge and baking them on parchment.

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dlish's picture

(post #63513, reply #4 of 9)

The latest disaster was shortbread. I rolled and cut, then put them in the fridge for about 20 min before putting them in the oven. I always use parchment

Jean's picture

(post #63513, reply #5 of 9)

I've never done shortbread, maybe someone else will help you out. Sorry.

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Heather's picture

(post #63513, reply #6 of 9)

What proportions did you use for shortbread? I've never had that go flat.

SondraG's picture

(post #63513, reply #7 of 9)

I usually refrigerate shortbread for much longer.  Granted, it is harder to work with when cold, but that's the way it's supposed to be.  Can't imagine shortbread going flat.  Hope you solve the problem. 

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sandermom's picture

(post #63513, reply #2 of 9)

what Jean said...or if they are drop cookies you can freeze the globs and bake them from frozen.  If you undermeasured the flour you can add more.  Best test is to bake a cold one, if it still spreads flat you can add more flour...easy does it, though.  If you sub butter for shortening your cookies may spread a bit more.  My mother's fix was to stir in whatever cold cereal wasn't moving very well (definitely NOT recommended) but does make for some weird cookie memories.

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AmyElliesMom's picture

(post #63513, reply #3 of 9)

*very small voice* Please tell me you didn't have Froot Loops in your house. Lie if you have to.


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sandermom's picture

(post #63513, reply #8 of 9)

no fruit loops...I'm in the older than dirt generation.  As a kid the slow to go cereals were things like puffed rice or puffed wheat.  My mom didn't buy sugared cereals very often and when she did they went quite quickly.  By the way, please, don't anyone try puffed rice in cookies...unless your dog has a cast iron stomach.

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dlish's picture

(post #63513, reply #9 of 9)

Sorry for the long absence. Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I'll incorporate all your tips hopefully this weekend.

I'm not sure what it is, I just can't seem to get inspired to cook or bake in this new kitchen. Not even the new butcher block island I bought is helping. 8^(

Thank you again