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Why do my cookies turn out paper-thin?

Last post Feb 01, 2008 6:46 PM by maverickamy . 7 replies.


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  • Why do my cookies turn out paper-thin?
    For the last several years, everytime I bake cookies they end up paper thin. I follow recipes exactly, use nice heavy-duty stainless-steel cookie sheets, and have no idea why my cookies, recipe after recipe, come out so flat and thin. I've tried substituting butter, margerine, shortening, half-butter/half-shortening, etc., and it's the same thing time and time again.... HELP!!!
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  • Re: Why do my cookies turn out paper-thin?

    From my experiences I have found 2 factors that can do this. Perhpas there are more but I personally have encountered this from:

    -over creaming the butter into the sugar. the sugar dissoloves at some point and becomes more liquidy . This is my most frequent casue when I go back and re-evaluate my procedures.

    -reloading a baking sheet while it is still hot.

     

    Hope this helps out a bit.

     

    Tina

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    I have the exact same problem.  It has only been happening the last year or two and I haven't changed the recipe or the brand of ingredients I am using.  And it doesn't matter what type of cookie I am making.  I hope someone out there can help us solve the problem.

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    I had the same problem especially with chocolate chip cookies, I just started adding more flour, up to about ½ cup.  That seems to help, I haven't noticed it with any other cookies.

    Debie

     

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    I just experienced the same problem, and found out its b/c of  overcreaming the butter and sugars. Another variable is to make sure your oven is very hot, and your dough is cold. So a tip: After you've mixed your dough and spooned out your cookies on the cookie sheet, put the sheet in the frig for a little bit, enough to chill the dough (like 5 minutes or so), THEN put it in the oven.

    Another tip would be to line your cookie sheet w/ parchment paper (which reduces the spread of the cookies).

    Here's the link where i found this info... What I found interesting was they melted the butter on the stovetop, rather than creaming it (so much easier when it comes to mixing). I tried these methods and noticed my cookies were not flat anymore.

    http://tinyurl.com/387u8j

    Hope that helps!

     

    Christine

     

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  • Re: Why do my cookies turn out paper-thin?

    That answer about using parchment sounds right on the money. 

    I also tend to weigh my flour.  Most flours now come presifted so they are lighter when you measure they by cupfuls.

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    Oh, something else my ma noticed!   She bought a new mixer and she said that the new mixers have little wire "beaters" and she found that they don't do as good of a job actually "creaming" butter like the beaters that looked more blade-like.  She worked for a bakery for many years so I trust her insight about this.  Her old mixer had 4 blades on each stem and each blade was about 3/8 inch wide.  Maybe the wire beaters put too much air into the dough? 

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