Cookies

Cookies

From chocolate chip cookies to peanut butter, these cookie tips will help you make a batch that no one will be able to resist.

Follow the Recipe

Follow the Recipe
Always read the recipe ahead of time to make sure you have all the necessary ingredients.  When you make the recipe for the first time, follow it to a tee. Don’t leave anything out. Be sure to add the full amount of salt to bring out the flavours and balance out the sweetness. Once you’re familiar with the recipe, use your imagination and feel free to experiment.

Measure Flour Correctly

Measure Flour Correctly
Spoon the flour into a dry measuring cup, then level it off. Too much flour will make your cookies dry and tough.

Which Flour to Use

Which Flour to Use
Be sure to use the flour called for in the recipe. Cake flour and bread flour will not give the best results if used in a recipe that does not call for it specifically.

Freezing Dough

Freezing Dough
Have warm, fresh baked cookies any time without the mess or prep time. Simply make the recipe ahead, roll the cookie dough into balls and freeze them. When you’re ready, bake from frozen. Keep in mind that you may have to add a few minutes to your baking time.

Using Fresh Ingredients

Using Fresh Ingredients
Not a frequent baker? Check your spices, baking powder and baking soda and replace them if they’re a year old. Spices lose their flavour, while old baking powder and baking soda may not give you the desired result. To tell if they’re still good, baking powder should bubble when added to hot water, and baking soda should bubble when added to vinegar.

Chill the Dough First

Chill the Dough First
Chilling the dough allows the dough to relax, makes it easier to work with and helps softer dough keep its shape. You can do this with any cookie dough.

Baking Time

Baking Time
Every oven is different. Always set the time to check on them 2 to 3 minutes before the time called for in a recipe.  This will prevent over baking and burning. To tell if your cookies are done, they should be slightly darker and firm around the edges while still soft in the centers. Remember that your cookies will continue to bake slightly on the cookie sheet after you remove them from the oven.

Cookie Size

Cookie Size
Make all your cookies the same size. That way, they’ll all bake at the same time. If a recipe says use 1 tablespoon of dough, use a measuring spoon or a scoop to make them all the same size.

Cooling Cookies

Cooling Cookies
After you take them out of the oven, let your cookies sit on the cookie sheet for 1 to 2 minutes to firm up slightly. Gently remove them and allow them to cool on a wire cooling rack. If you let the cookies cool on the baking sheet, they will continue to bake.

Which Rack Do I Use in the Oven?

Which Rack Do I Use in the Oven?
Bake your cookies on the center rack in the oven. This allows for the most even baking.

Adding Nuts To Cookies

Adding Nuts To Cookies
Store all nuts in the freezer to keep them fresh longer. When nuts get stale, the oils can go rancid and give the nuts an unpleasant flavour. Toasting nuts will enhance their flavor and the taste of your cookies.  Place the nuts on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated 350° (180°C) oven for 8 to 10 minutes. Allow them to cool before adding to your cookie batter.

Baking Sheets

Baking Sheets
Always bake with light coloured baking sheets.  Dark baking sheets retain more heat and your cookies may get too dark. Line your baking sheets with parchment paper to prevent sticking and make cleaning up easy.

Choosing Flour

Choosing Flour
When baking cookies, grab your Robin Hood® Original All Purpose flour. Or you can try Robin Hood® Nutri Flour Blend® products, like Tastes Like White or Omega-3 & Fibre. For a gluten free option, try Robin Hood Gluten Free All Purpose Flour Blend.

Creaming Butter and Sugar

Creaming Butter and Sugar
Most cookie recipes start off by asking you to cream together butter or shortening with sugar. Take butter or shortening out of the refrigerator about an hour before baking so it will be nice and soft. This will make it easier for the sugar to mix in with the butter or shortening.

Creaming butter or shortening with sugar adds air to the batter, increasing volume to help better mix in the flour.

Chewy vs. Crisp Cookies

Chewy vs. Crisp Cookies
If you’re a soft, chewy cookie lover, try chilling your dough before baking and slightly under-bake your cookies, removing them from the oven about 2 minutes before they are done. They will continue to bake on the pan.

For crisp cookies, press your dough to make it a little bit thinner and then bake a little longer.

Allowing for Spreading

Allowing for Spreading
Place your cookies about 2” (5cm) apart to allow for spreading.

Storing Cookies

Storing Cookies
Most cookies can be stored for up to 1 week in an airtight container. They can also be frozen for up to 6 months in a sealed plastic container or in freezer bags.

Don’t store chewy and crisp cookies in the same container – your crisp ones will soften.

Always let cookies cool, and icing harden (if using) before storing.

Rolling Cookie Dough

Rolling Cookie Dough
Make sure your rolling pin is well floured before rolling the dough. This will help stop your cookie dough from sticking.

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