Cookies come out more more cake-like when water is mixed into the batter. Look at shortbread, toll-house, sugar, or peanut butter cookies. There is no water in the batter, simply salt, sugar, egg, vanilla, maybe peanut butter, or chocolate chips, flavorings, and flour. Adding water to the batter causes the starches to absorb that water, and soften, giving you the quickbread batter that your recipe probably resembled.
Choose a cookie recipe that doesn't have water in it, or modify the recipe you used, to make it more resemble a shortbread, or sugar cookie recipe. Your cookies will come out gooey, chewey, and with crisp edges, if done right.
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