Originally Posted by newbakerman
When I put the dough in the oven how do I shape the dough? What I did was use spoon fulls and shaped then in a circle shape. I think I did it wrong.. should I have rolled them into balls and then put them into the oven?
I am just starting to learn how to bake (from google!). I made my first batch of cookies the other day and they didn't turn out the greatest, I liked them but others said they were too hard (especially around the circumference). I used the best ingredients and followed a recipe I found online that had 3500 reviews and a 4.5/5 rating. Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Baking is not as easy as I thought. I should have payed more attention in home ec. But I can only get better right?
Up next I'm going to make a lemon meringue pie!
Thanks for any tips on how to put cookie dough into the oven to have that soft chewy cookie that everyone craves.
Well, you probably baked them too long. Or your oven hadn't reached the proper temperature yet. I would suggest that you get an ice cream scoop #20. The less you handle the dough, the better your cookies will turn out. You don't have to shape the cookies before you put them in the oven. They will shape themselves into nice little rounds.
Before placing the tray into the oven, place it with the dough into the fridge for about 5-10 minutes. When you remove your cookies from the oven, the residual heat will continue to bake them. So you need to look at them a couple of minutes before they have used up the stated time. If the recipe says bake 10-12 minutes, then take a peek at nine or ten minutes. The edges should just be beginning to show a slight browning on the edge of the cookie. Let them sit on the cookie sheet for a few minutes. Then remove to a cooling rack. Oh, one more thing. Make sure your oven is calibrated to the right temperature. Get a small thermometer and set your oven to 350ºF. When you oven reaches that temp, see what the thermometer says.
Good luck on your new endeavor.