There are few delights more inviting than the aroma of homemade cookies. A fresh-baked cookie is a simple, old-fashioned pleasure. But baking the perfect cookie demands accuracy and attention. Unlike other kinds of cooking, where improvisation yields tasty surprises, you can’t substitute ingredients in baking. Baking homemade cookies with the appearance, texture and taste you want takes more than a great recipe. Follow these tips for a perfect cookie every time.
Ingredients: Assemble ingredients before starting. Use only fresh ingredients of the best quality. Check the “use by” dates on all ingredients, especially shortening, eggs and baking soda and powder.
- TIP! Unless otherwise specified, ensure that ingredients are at room temperature.
Tools & Utensils: Before beginning, assemble utensils, bowls and pans. Use standard measuring cups and spoons. Use the type of pan specified in the recipe, and prepare it as directed.
- TIP! When baking, place pans as near the center of the oven as possible.