Why would anyone want to make a small cookie? I think big cookies are more fun! But they are harder to make, so you need some tips from an expert…and that would be me. Not to brag, but I have made (stop to think and calculate) upwards of 1.94 MILLION big cookies in my lifetime. Not to mention all of the ridiculous little cookies I have made in my day. Even our so-called “little” cookies are considered “big” by lots of folks. (I think I have made way more than 750,000 of our so-called “baby” cookies…which are also big enough to be something to write home about.)
I started baking cookies when I was 10 or so, and I always liked to make them soft and chewy in the center and crispy on the edges. Can’t you just smell the homemade cookie flavors wafting through the air of your own childhood? There is something about a home-baked cookie that is so comforting…
But I digress.
Back to the BIG cookie strategies. If you want to make a big cookie, you need to try some of these tips:
1. You have to start with a recipe where the dough is not too sticky so you don’t have overspreading. If the recipe you are using usually spreads a lot and the cookies are thinner, you will want to add more flour to get a bit stiffer dough. This will produce a cookie that is thicker and will hold together better.
2. If the cookie recipe calls for only baking soda, substitute some of it for baking powder. Not all of it, just some. I can’t tell you exactly how much, but by adding some baking powder into the mix, you get another rise later on in the baking process that helps the cookies set up better.
3. Shape by hand, making sure the cookies are roughly the same size. I weigh each cookie by hand, but if you are at home and don’t have a scale, just estimate by holding one in each hand and comparing. Place evenly on the pan; once they are shaped, press down lightly and evenly. (For a 4 ounce cookie I put 6 on each 10×14 cookie sheet.)
4. Try baking at a slightly lower oven temperature, so the inside has a chance to bake through before the outside is burnt to a crisp.
5. You may need to have a bit of patience with yourself when trying something new, as things don’t always turn out as expected the first time. Always write down what you did, and evaluate the result. Were they underspread and too hard? Maybe next time don’t add any extra flour, or bake for a bit less time.
6. If all else fails, you may want to call in the professionals. For a reasonable price, we will send you enough BIG COOKIES to have some BIG FUN for weeks to come. After all, there are things YOU do better than WE do…so spend your time doing what you’re best at! I guarantee you’ll enjoy life more and spend less time in the kitchen trying to figure out how to bake big cookies!
So there you have it, my best advice on making a cookie grandma would have been proud to serve. It’s easy, and I’ll bet you can do it!