Why Do All My Cookies Turn Out Cake-Like?

Why Do All My Cookies Turn Out Cake-Like?

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Faith Durand
Feb 2, 2010
Q: I just started learning to bake, and after several batches of cookies, I can't figure out how to get the consistency I want — chewy and soft, or even chewy and crunchy. All I get is fluffy, cake-like cookies. A dozen batches of chocolate chip, pumpkin, sugar, and chocolate cookies all turned out like little cakes. They were delicious, but I need a chewy cookie. Is it my ingredients? Baking time? Oven temp? Over/under mixing? Sent by Melody Editor: Melody, here are a few posts that have some in-depth discussion of cookie chemistry. They are a good place to start when investigating factors in cookie texture and consistency. • Kitchen Science: In Pursuit of the Perfect CookieHow Can I Double A Batch of Cookies?Food Science: Egg Substitutions in Cookies and Brownies Readers, do any of you baking wizards have a specific answer for Melody's cookie-baking problem? Related: Recipe Follow-Up: Final Thoughts on the NY Times Chocolate Chip Cookie? (Image: Emma Christensen)
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