While making basic cookies is as simple as following a list of instructions, perfecting your cookie-baking technique is more challenging. If you want to bake delicious, custom cookies, you may have a few questions. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions our decorated cookie baker in Apex receives:
How can I prevent cookies from going flat in the oven?
If the oven temperature is too high, the fat in the butter might melt and spread before the cookie can hold its structure. Refrigerating the dough before baking can prevent the fat from melting too quickly. Also, make sure your baking sheets are room temperature before you scoop the dough onto them.
What’s the difference between baking powder and baking soda?
Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate, and baking powder is a mixture of sodium bicarbonate, cornstarch, and an acid. They’re very similar, but because of the different acid levels, they can’t be used interchangeably. Baking powder activates before being put in the oven and once again when it’s exposed to the heat of the oven, but baking soda only activates in the oven.
Is it okay to use salted butter?
Most cookie recipes call for unsalted butter to lower the salt content in the recipe. However, salted butter works well if it’s all you have. If the recipe calls for additional salt, cut it down by 1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon to avoid making the cookies too salty.
Can I exchange one type of flour for another?
There are a variety of different type of flours, and you can’t always exchange one type of flour with the same amount of another. Most cookie recipes will call for all-purpose flour, so it’s best to keep plenty of all-purpose flour in your kitchen.
Can I make gluten-free cookies?
It’s possible to make great gluten-free cookies, but you can’t simply replace the all-purpose flour a recipe calls for with a gluten-free flour. Look for gluten-free cookie recipes or experiment with your own gluten-free custom cookies recipe.
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