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Old 11-14-2014, 08:19 PM   #31
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I was not in a cookie baking mood last night. I'll prolly try it out tonight.
As so many others have said, butter is always better. Hope to see you back with your results, and welcome to DC!
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Old 11-14-2014, 09:39 PM   #32
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Technique is important too when making cookies. Cream the softened butter by itself. Then add the sugar(s) and cream again. This takes several minutes.
Great advice.

I too have a butter bell. Just make sure you change the water each day. Start with ice cold water and it will keep your butter tasting fresh all day.
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Old 11-15-2014, 08:12 AM   #33
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Ok... bought the butter. Followed the recipe. I put the cookie dough balls in the freezer but I tried 4 to see what would happen. They still looked like a muffin on top. So while they were cooking I pressed them down. It actually worked. They were firm, chewy, and a little crispy on the edges but not burnt. Just how I liked them.
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Old 11-15-2014, 08:45 AM   #34
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Ok... bought the butter. Followed the recipe. I put the cookie dough balls in the freezer but I tried 4 to see what would happen. They still looked like a muffin on top. So while they were cooking I pressed them down. It actually worked. They were firm, chewy, and a little crispy on the edges but not burnt. Just how I liked them.
Once again DC to the rescue (William Tell Overture here please). Glad you had a success.
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Ok... bought the butter. Followed the recipe. I put the cookie dough balls in the freezer but I tried 4 to see what would happen. They still looked like a muffin on top. So while they were cooking I pressed them down. It actually worked. They were firm, chewy, and a little crispy on the edges but not burnt. Just how I liked them.
You don't really have to freeze them through. Just chill the dough in the fridge.
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Did I do the right thing by pressing them down? I like my sugar cookies flat like a pancake, a little crispy yet chewy and pliable.
Yes, texture is very important to me.
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Did I do the right thing by pressing them down? I like my sugar cookies flat like a pancake, a little crispy yet chewy and pliable.
Yes, texture is very important to me.

Texture should be important to you.

Sugar cookie recipes usually have you roll out the dough to a 1/4" thick then use cookie cutters to stamp out the cookies for the cookie sheet.

The recipe you linked has you flattening the individual dough balls. Just follow the directions and you should get what you want.
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Texture should be important to you.

Sugar cookie recipes usually have you roll out the dough to a 1/4" thick then use cookie cutters to stamp out the cookies for the cookie sheet.

The recipe you linked has you flattening the individual dough balls. Just follow the directions and you should get what you want.

I just get so confused. My brain thrives on grilled meats, rubs, and marinades - I can make my own and do pretty well. I'm not too bad with pastas and sauces if I have a recipe. Pastries and desserts... uhhhm... not my thing but I wanna learn
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I just get so confused. My brain thrives on grilled meats, rubs, and marinades - I can make my own and do pretty well. I'm not too bad with pastas and sauces if I have a recipe. Pastries and desserts... uhhhm... not my thing but I wanna learn

Read the recipe through to understand the process. Then take the recipe one step at a time. Collect all the ingredients and measure them out before you start. Then follow the instructions.

If you break it down into smaller pieces, it's easier to deal with.

Keep in mind baking is not like other cooking. You can modify a rub recipe by leaving out one or more ingredients and adding others you like better.

You cannot do that with baking recipes. There is an interdependence among the ingredients.

Thoroughly creaming the butter and sugar together is important to creating a structure for the dough so it will rise properly. There are two leavening agents for the right amount of lift. Because there is baking soda, there has to be an acidic ingredient to activate it. That's why there is buttermilk in the recipe - to provide the acid. You are instructed to use AP flour. If you switched to cake flour, you'd have to change the quantity because cake flour has less gluten and cannot absorb as much liquid as AP flour. Also, less gluten in the flour can effect how much the cookies rise.

Baking takes more discipline to follow the recipe.
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Read the recipe through to understand the process. Then take the recipe one step at a time. Collect all the ingredients and measure them out before you start. Then follow the instructions.

If you break it down into smaller pieces, it's easier to deal with.

Keep in mind baking is not like other cooking. You can modify a rub recipe by leaving out one or more ingredients and adding others you like better.

You cannot do that with baking recipes. There is an interdependence among the ingredients.

Thoroughly creaming the butter and sugar together is important to creating a structure for the dough so it will rise properly. There are two leavening agents for the right amount of lift. Because there is baking soda, there has to be an acidic ingredient to activate it. That's why there is buttermilk in the recipe - to provide the acid. You are instructed to use AP flour. If you switched to cake flour, you'd have to change the quantity because cake flour has less gluten and cannot absorb as much liquid as AP flour. Also, less gluten in the flour can effect how much the cookies rise.

Baking takes more discipline to follow the recipe.
A discipline that I do not have is to take it out when it says to take them out. They seemed to soft, so I left em in. They taste great but they were too crispy. They were fine when they were cooling but when completely cooled, bricks.
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