Have you ever baked cookies in your oven? Is it possible to get fresh, warm nice, crunchy, crispy cookie or those melt-in-mouth nankhatai at home?
Yes, you can bake any type of cookie you want to in your domestic oven. You just have to follow the recipe correctly, measure ingredients carefully and most importantly… you should know your oven settings. When I started baking cookies, I had so many doubts.. but slowly by many trials and errors I got my answers.
Through this post I am trying to address few common issues people face before trying cookies. I hope this post will be helpful and you will be able to bake your cookies more easily.
In my next post I will be posting a recipe for nankhatai (a type of cookie) which is very popular in India and easy to bake.
Common doubts and solutions regarding baking cookies:
1. What is the ideal room temperature for butter?
2. Why my cookies are soft, not crispy?
3. After 2-3 days cookies turn soft.
4. What is the right temperature to bake cookies? Will my cookies remain soft or will they burn?
5. Is there any substitute for egg in cookies?
6. Cookie dough is sticky and I am not able to roll cookies.
7. Can I keep half of the cookie dough in the fridge and bake them later?
8. How much kneading is required for preparing the cookie dough?
9. How to store cookies?
- Room temperature butter should not be warm. While touching it with our finger, it should be cold but there should be an indent in the block of butter. But at the same time, our finger should not sink into it.
Now, how long it takes butter to reach this temperature after taking it out from the fridge? There is no fixed time for this. It completely depends upon the temperature of your kitchen. During summer, butter will soon become soft whereas during winter it will take more time.
(1) Whether cookies are soft, chewy, hard or crisp depends completely on your recipe.
(2) Generally, after baking time is over, while touching you will feel that cookies are soft and they are not completely baked. Cookies are soft because they are very hot. So carefully shift these cookies on cooling rack and you will notice that as cookie cools down completely, they become firm.
Don’t leave cookies inside the oven to cool down. Remember that after switching off also oven remains hot for quite some time. This heat will harden cookies.
But sometimes after cooling also you find that cookies are soft. In that case just switch on oven at 150/155 degrees and bake cookies once again for 10-15 minutes. Sometimes, during monsoon, cookies turn soft. You can turn them crisp again by the same method of baking them on less temperature for short duration.
3. Mostly recipes where milk cream, curd or fresh fruits are added, cookies turn soft after 2-3 days.
4. Temperature is alway given in the recipe, but never follow it blindly. All ovens have different temperature settings.
For baking, people use microwave, OTG or their kitchen range ovens. All these have different settings. And at the same time all these are available in different sizes. So, if you are baking cookies in 31 litres capacity of microwave at 180 degrees, you can’t bake at the same temperature in a small size microwave. Heat will reach faster in small oven, and cookies will burn. So, there is no fixed rule for temperature and time. With your oven, you have to do some frequent baking to know what settings are best for you. Though, the most common way to figure out if the cookies are done is to see their edges. When edges start turning brown, cookies are done.
5. Personally, if following some egg based cookie recipe, I have never substituted egg with anything else. I simply omit it and if dough is dry, I use milk. But flaxseed powder is supposed to be the best substitute for egg. Replace one egg with 3 tbsp of water mixed with 1 tbsp of flaxseed powder.
6. By mistake, we add slightly more milk to bind the dough and now we have sticky and loose dough. Don’t panic, just wrap it in the cling film and keep it in the fridge till it is firm. Take it out and roll your cookies comfortably.
7. Yes, you can cling wrap cookie dough with 3-4 layers to avoid it drying and can bake next day.
8. Cookie dough doesn’t need extensive kneading, otherwise cookies will turn hard. Cookie dough is just an assembly of all ingredients.
9. Once cookies cool down completely, store them in an air tight container.
55 thoughts on “Basics of baking – Cookies (Tips and tricks on how to bake cookies)”
Thank you for sharing great tips on cookie making, u cleared many doubts 😊
Prashanti, glad to know that this post helped you. Thanks a lot 😊
My pleasure 💕
Not many blogs address this India specific problems. It is easy to find recipes but where do you turn to for practical problems. Great idea, Deeksha.
Thank you so much Arvind☺️☺️.
When I started learning baking with my own trials and errors, I also faced all these issues. This post might be helpful to self learners.
That’s a good inspiration. If we don’t help others, we don’t utilize our learning fully. Cool!
Thank you so much for the lovely recipe
Thanks a lot!
Most welcome 🙏🌹🙏🌹🙏
Great information, especially for beginners and also for North Americans too. 🙂
Lynette, thank you very much 😊
I will be really glad if this post will help in clearing doubts.
I love chewy cookies so much that I don’t even bother eating a cookie when it’s crunchy. Unless I am absolutely desperate. 🍪🍪🍪
Tanja, we all have our own specific taste buds… My favorite is having warm cookie 🍪. I can have it anytime!!
I am with you! Warm cookies are the best. 👍
Great post! Thank you so much for sharing these invaluable tips.
Thank you very much Megala ☺️☺️
Thanks a lot 😊
Great tips Deeksha. Thanks a ton for sharing them 👍
I am humbled ☺️☺️
Very informative and learnt something new ! Thank you 🙂
Nisha, thank you very much 😊
Those are some very interesting tips! I don’t have monsoons where I live, but I have never considered before that one could re-crisp a cookie. Great idea! And I’d also never thought about baking them in the microwave.
Jeff, thank you so much☺️☺️.
In India microwave is common in the kitchen, though mostly its convection mode is ignored completely.
You don’t have monsoon season??
The post is really informative, I had some confusions but now I have found a solution.
Have a great day!
Thank you very much Neha. I am glad that the post was helpful!
Thank you for shraing nice tips.
I would be glad if tips are helpful ☺️
Nice tips. A lot of answers to my questions as well!
Especially about the eggs. I omit the eggs, too, and may use almond milk instead.
By the way, I am going to bake some this weekend! yay!
I am glad that post was useful for you Lady Oscar!!
Almond Milk is a nice idea!!
Mine are also getting over, so please bake a few more for me too🤗🤗❤️
yeah, baking a lot for you! I am eating cookies all weekend… haha.
Information post! 💜
Sorry i meant informative post Deeksha!💙
Thank you very much Suni and that’s ok, nowadays machines try to be smarter than us!
Hahaha you are right. 😊 Have a wonderful day! 💕
Very nice & informational indeed 👍👍
Thank you so much Urvashi ☺️🙂
It is a great success to try to help when problems arise when we prepare cookies. Especially when we only like homemade cakes. Thank you for your advice. Welcome. Good weekend
Mac, I believe the best way to learn is when we learn from our own mistakes. I had a long list of doubts whenever I messed up cookies during baking. Learnt through my failures and just tried to accommodate those experiences here!!
Have a great weekend!!
There is some really great tips here, thanks for sharing as there are so many out there who just need the push and can also share the joy and blessings of baking
Yolandie, thank you very much for visiting the blog and appreciating the post.You are right,we all need some motivating force to move forward and your presence here is a push in my efforts. I appreciate a lot 😊😊
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Thank you very much 😊
This is very helpful, Deeksha! Thank You!!! 💕
You are always welcome 😊 😊
Thanks for the recipe and detail instructions❤️
Thank you very much Olivia 😊☺️
Wishing you a very Happy New Year 🎉
Beautiful and yummy cakes and biscuits, Deeksha. Thank you for sharing your lovely tips
Rosie, thank you so much for visiting the blog and going through the post. I am glad that you found the post useful😊☺