Even people who aren’t big into baking have at least tried their hand at cookies. Most cookie recipes are fairly easy to follow, but many people run into the same problem. Sometimes the dough tastes great, but after the cookies are taken out of the oven they are completely flat. They are far cry from the store-bought perfections you would find at a place like Cookies by Design, so how do you change them to achieve more fluffy results? Fortunately, there are a few tips you can try separately or together.
Adjust FlourSometimes all you need to do is adjust the amount of flour in the recipe. If your cookies are going flat, chances are that you need to add some flour. Without flour, most cookie recipes would consist mostly of eggs, butter, and sugar, all of which will melt into a sticky clump. The flour is what holds everything together, and adding a bit of flour shouldn’t affect the taste one bit. Your arm may get tired from stirring such a thick dough, but it will all be worth it if you get the picture-perfect results you’re looking for.
Another tip or trick is to refrigerate or freeze the dough for a couple of hours before baking. Make sure to form the dough into balls before refrigerating or freezing, as the dough will be rock hard once it gets cold. You can even set the dough out on a cookie sheet and throw the entire thing into your fridge or freezer. The cold dough will prevent the balls from heating up too quickly and spreading out.
When you think of typical cookie ingredients, cornstarch probably doesn’t come to mind, but more and more recipes are using it to achieve fluffier results. By substituting cornstarch for baking powder, or even including it in addition to baking powder, you get a very smooth dough that produces thick, soft, delicious cookies.