this checklist to determine what went wrong with a batch of cookies.
If home-baked cookies spread too much
during baking, check for these problems::
- Your oven temperature was too
- You did not use pure cane sugar
(sucrose); instead, you substituted a fructose sugar or a blend of
- You greased the cookie sheets too
- You substituted diet margarine or
vegetable oil spreads for butter or regular stick margarine (80%
- You used dark brown sugar instead
of light brown sugar generally called for in recipes.
- You used a warm cookie sheet when
you place the cookie dough on the sheet.
If home-baked cookies did not
spread too much during baking, check for these problems:
- You over-mixed the cookie dough.
- You used too cold a cookie dough.
- You set the oven temperature too
- You substituted solid vegetable oil
shortening for butter in the recipe.
If home-baked cookies stick to the
cookie sheet, check for these problems:
- You did not adequately clean the
cookie sheets between uses.
- You did not grease the cookie
sheets when the recipe called for greasing.
- You under-baked the cookies.
- You left the cookies on cookie
sheets too long before removal.
- Because the kitchen was too hot,
the cookie batter was too warm.
- The cookie sheets are warm or hot