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Old 12-02-2016, 04:33 AM   #1
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Lightbulb SOS: Shaped Cookie Problems

Whenever I make cookies they seem to flatten out in the oven, into paper thin generally roundish crisp like cookies.
I'm trying to make Christmas cookies, I've tried every type I can think of shortbread, biscuit and cookie recipes everything just goes paper thin
Ideally I would like a shortbread recipe which makes about ten cookies in way where they retain their shape and thickness throughout baking. Or any tips on how to be double sure they will keep their shape and thickness.

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Old 12-02-2016, 05:27 AM   #2
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The Ultimate Guide to Chocolate Chip Cookies


I found this site to be ever so much helpful. It is just for chocolate chip cookies. It explains why some cookies flatten out and other don'.
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Old 12-02-2016, 06:17 AM   #3
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I'm not a baker but could you possibly be mis-understanding the quantities in so much as the flour is concerned by using too little? Or using too much fat? (butter/margarine/etc) Butter will flatten out more than a margarine.

Do different types of flour affect cookie doughs? As in all-purpose as against bread flour as against pastry flour?

There are lots of bakers here, someone will come along soon with a suggestion I'm sure.
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Whenever I make cookies they seem to flatten out in the oven, into paper thin generally roundish crisp like cookies.
I'm trying to make Christmas cookies, I've tried every type I can think of shortbread, biscuit and cookie recipes everything just goes paper thin
Ideally I would like a shortbread recipe which makes about ten cookies in way where they retain their shape and thickness throughout baking. Or any tips on how to be double sure they will keep their shape and thickness.

Thanks
Is there liquid in the recipe? If so perhaps there is too much? Types of flour and weather conditions can affect the rate at which the flour takes in liquid. Or if you are using a spread type of fat rather than a solid butter/margarine the mixture will be softer

I make shortbread and similar type of cookies in a shallow baking tray (sheet pan?) so they are contained in a slab and cut them after cooking but, of course, you only get square or finger-shaped cookies then. Does that make sense?
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Old 12-02-2016, 07:01 AM   #5
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A favourite recipe, yes a flavoured short bread.

Just make shore the dough get to rest and get cold again before rolling out and if you want to be sure the shape stay, then cool the cookies in the fridge 30 min before baking.
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Old 12-02-2016, 07:02 AM   #6
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Try replacing the butter in your cookie recipe with solid vegetable shortening.

You could also go with a recipe similar to this one that uses cream cheese to make a great tasting cut out cookie.

PHILADELPHIA Sugar Cookie Cutouts - Kraft Recipes

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Old 12-02-2016, 07:58 AM   #7
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Try replacing the butter in your cookie recipe with solid vegetable shortening...Good luck!
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Butter melts at a lower temperature than shortening so cookie dough will spread out before it has a chance to set.

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Another option is to thoroughly chill the dough before putting the cookies on the cookie sheet. That way the butter's melting is slowed down so you get thicker cookies.
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Butter melts at a lower temperature than shortening so cookie dough will spread out before it has a chance to set.

OR

Another option is to thoroughly chill the dough before putting the cookies on the cookie sheet. That way the butter's melting is slowed down so you get thicker cookies.
In fact I've baked cookie dough that I've previously frozen, straight from the freezer. Probably the same effect.
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Any chance you are melting the butter when making up the dough? it would cause the effect you have noted. Butter should be soft but NOT melted.
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Old 12-02-2016, 06:03 PM   #10
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When I used to make Christmas cookies (12 varieties) I would use 1/2 butter & 1/2 butter flavor Crisco in my recipes. They came out very good.
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