Every now and then we pull something out of the oven that makes us cringe. It could be an off-flavor that just ruins everything, a texture that’s not quite right, or something that looks like you found it on the beach. Pi Kappa Alpha will be so excited you baked some delicious cookies with your Greek letters cookie cutters, they might even let you pledge. If you botch this your only shot of having friends this year is Lambda Lambda Lambda, and we don’t want that to happen. Here are some preemptive measures you can take to ensure everything comes out just right.
Test Your Powders
Baking Soda and Baking Powder are common, especially when baking cookies. When you’re baking a batch cut into high fashion designs, you want them to have a quality of taste akin to Chanel and Versace, not your brother’s cruddy hand-me-downs.
For Baking Soda, put a teaspoon or two of white vinegar in a bowl. Add a ½ teaspoon of Baking Soda. If it fizzes, you’re in business!
For Baking Powder, take ¾ cup of hot water and add a ½ teaspoon of Baking Powder. Does it bubble? If not, just imagine getting yelled at by Gordon Ramsay for having the audacity to bake with expired ingredients.
Butter is already the best it can be. We as humans can only harness its superpowers to help make our baked goods more delicious. As long as you are aware of that you’ll be a baking deity.
If your cookies turn out too dense, it’s time to stop melting your butter. Yes, melted butter is way easier to mix, however once it’s added to the dough, the sugars already begin to dissolve before it goes into the oven.
For a more cake-like consistency, just soften the butter before mixing it in. “But my butter is rock solid since it’s been in the fridge, and I need these cookies now!” you say? Not to fret. Fill a bowl with hot water, then place another bowl in the hot water and slice your butter into the bowl. In less than two minutes your butter will be soft, not melted, and ready to add into your mix.
Cookies 2 Crispy
Maybe that oven was cranked a little too high. Who knows? Those cookies you baked for tomorrow’s party look perfect, but you may not want to risk breaking a crown to digest them. Here are your choices:
- Spend the entire party hovering over the tray like a maniac and explain to each person that the cookies are a little harder than you wanted them to be. Add, “Be careful…” and nervously laugh as they walk away.
- Throw a slice of bread or two in the cookie jar overnight and serve the cookies with confidence the next day. Enjoy the party, make friends, and talk to that guy or girl who’s been blowing up your Facebook with “likes” for the past two months.