I agree with one of the answers--take them out before they are fully done. This does make the cookies softer. Also butter makes for a crisper cookie--margarine makes the texture softer. And finally, have fun with the recipe. Take your basic chocolate chip cookie and add walnuts and coconut. Or your basic oatmeal cookie and add raisins, chocolate chips, walnuts and coconut--I call these dump cookies. Hope this helps.
Don't bake them all the way bake them until their 2 or 4 min away from being done then take them out of the oven let cool for 1-2 min the place on cooling rack. This method helps the cookies to be soft but fully cooked and not hard and a pain to eat. This is because when the cookies are still hot and warm the baking process is still occurring and so u don't have an over baked cookie
Whatever temperature the recipe says to bake them at, reduce it by 25 degrees and leave them in the full cooking time. Once out of the oven, let them sit on the baking sheet for 2 minutes before moving them to a cooling rack. However you chose to make them, remember to take your time. Finally, baking no more than one dozen at a time, placed in the center of the oven, will ensure consistency. Especially in an electric oven. HAVE FUN!
I use "AirBake" pans. I have found it's best to slightly under cook them, as they will continue to cook after they come out of the oven. I use baking powder AND baking soda. Also, I put the dough in the fridge at least 10-20 minutes before baking them. And, lastly, using a bakers scoop will make sure they are all the same size, and therefore, will cook at the same time.
I make the best triple choc cookies I have ever tasted. You make a double batch & you add 250 grams of extra dark shaved chocolate to the other milk & or white choc in recipe. I use cooking coco rather than normal coco. I think that tastes better. . Also add marshmallows to the recipe. I omit any nuts & most important swap olive oil for butter or margarine. Add dry ingredients with out stirring then add eggs to that & then stir everything together. It will be thick & gooey. I make it in a tray & cut it into big & small slices. The perfect brownie.
Tons of great advice here...use good ingredients, good baking/cookie sheets and never over bake them! If you think your oven if off, invest in an oven thermometer. Make sure the temp is where you want it to be. And I find that if I use a little less sugar than the recipe asks for, they always come out great!
Love :-) Honestly I bake cookies all the time and I never follow the recipe exactly. I guesstamate. Also instead of adding a pinch of salt try using salted butter. It spreads the salt out more evenly so you don't get a big bite of salt.
Any flavor of boxed cake mix ... 1 stick of butter ... 1 egg ... and 1 - 2 Tablespoons of water. Add whatever extra fun stuff you want ... nuts, raisins, choc.chips, coconut, or roll in cinnamon sugar before baking for snicker-doodles. Bake at 375 degrees for exactly 11 minutes! Roll a tablespoon. of dough in a ball, press a chocolate kiss in the middle or make a thumb print cookie with jam in the middle! Good stuff! Just make sure you have plenty of Milk to go with them! Enjoy!
Let your cookie batter sit in a bowl in the fridge overnight for maximum flavor. If it's chocolate chip, add double of the chocolate and drizzle a very small amount of sea salt on top of each cookie before baking.
Such great advice - the secret to baking cookies - experience! You learn when not to use margarine, and personally, I never use it, I only use butter. Margarine will make cookies spread. If you don't want flat cookies, add a bit of flour. Not sure about the batch you just made? Bake one cookie and see how it turns out. Under cooking and more importantly - never leave the cookies on the pan for more than a few minutes. Everything continues to bake while it sits on a hot surface. A few people mentioned some cook books which are always helpful. I like looking in used book stores for old unique cook books. Hopefully you've acquired enough data to try. Good Luck.