Top Ten Secret Cookie Baking Tips

I’m sharing my Top Ten Secret Cookie Baking Tips.  Whether you are already a cookie connoisseur or just a cookie baking amateur…  These simple tips will help the next time you bake up a batch of your favorite cookies from scratch!

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Do you love baking cookies from scratch?  Or, do you just stay far, far away from the whole concept?

I LOVE baking cookies.  My favorite go-to chocolate cookies are my Triple Dark Chocolate Cookies!  (Very soft and with a sensational amount of chocolateness!)  

We grew up on cookies that were always made from scratch.  Through all the years of baking cookies for my boys, I’ve learned a lot.  So, I thought I’d put together a list of my Top Ten Secret Cookie Baking Tips for you.   

Also, I’ve compiled a list of scrumptious cookies along the way for some inspiration from all of your favorite bloggers!  (Please PIN from the direct sources.)

Peppermint M&M Pudding Cookies by What's Cooking Love

Peppermint M&M Pudding Cookies ~ What’s Cooking, Love

1.  Always bake by the minimum time listed on recipes and keep checking it afterwards so as not to overcook.


Dark Chocolate Almond Biscotti ~ Joyful Healthy Eats

2.  Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 1-2 minutes before transferring to cooking racks to keep them from breaking.  This also helps with not over baking them… as they finish baking (slowly) for results of a softer cookie.

Chocolate Reese’s Chunk Cookies

Chocolate Reece’s Chunk Cookies ~ Tahny Cooks

3.  Read your recipe carefully before starting.  Be sure you have all the ingredients called for and that you understand the recipe (and directions) clearly.


Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cookies ~ A Little Claireification

4.  Have all ingredients at room temperature for more glamorous perfect cookies, unless otherwise specified.

pecan sugar cookie

Pecan Sugar Cookies ~ Crazy For Cookies

5.  Butter is better.  When baking, use unsalted ‘sweet’ butter.  That way you can control the salt intake. 


Chocolate Peppermint Chip Cookie Recipe ~ Call Me PMc

6.  Use a small (or medium) ice cream scoop for drop cookies, as it makes the process faster.  Also gives professional results, and the cookies will be the same size and proportion.


Peanut Butter Chai Cookies ~ Frugal Foodie Mama

7.  Do not over mix the dough.  Once the flour has been added, it can create too much gluten and the result could be tough textured cookies.


Grandma’s Snickerdoodles ~ It Bakes Me Happy

8.  When cookie dough rest in the refrigerator, the gluten in the dough relax.  Which result in tender cookies. 


Almond Cookies ~ Cooking With Curls

9.  Silpat or Parchment Paper is a must when I bake.  (Do not confuse with wax paper!)  Line the cookie sheets with the Silpat or paper to prevent the cookies from sticking and over browning.  (No need to spray or grease sheets, yay!)


Raspberry Fudge Sandwich Cookies ~ Lemons For Lulu

10.  Measure flour correctly.  Too much flour will ruin your recipe.  Fluff up the flour and sprinkle it into your dry measuring cup.  Scrape off the excess amount with a straight edge.


Melt In Your Mouth Sugar Cookies ~ My Life As Robin’s Wife

Today is the official day for COOKIES!  

National Cookie Day December 4th~#Cookie Baking Tips and more @ SimplyGloria

What cookie would you want to eat or bake to celebrate?


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    • says

      Thanks, Paula. I remember when I once advised my ladies for my annual cookie exchange party to use parchment paper …one lady said it changed her life! I still can’t stop laughing about it. (=

    • says

      Nancy, I’m the same way with using unsalted butter for everything…and not taking it out in time. I usually put it in the microwave on DEFROST and then it won’t melt the darn thing all over and make a mess….like I’ve never done THAT before! (LOL)

  1. says

    What a great post Gloria! I love holiday cookie baking the most and love all these tips you shared along with these scrumptious recipes 🙂 Happy National Cookie Day and hope you enjoy the rest of the week!

    • says

      You’d love those chocolate cookies, Julianne! Knowing you, you’d put some of your amazing frosting in between and make whoopie pies out of them….what a great idea! (I’m in love with all of your frostings, my friend!)

    • says

      Tahny, did I ever tell you that since I’m not the best person to always remember to lay out my ingredients…but, I put my eggs in a warm bath (hot water in a bowl, with their shells still on, for heaven’s sake!) for a few minutes…while my butter is on defrost in the microwave! PS– love your cookies!

    • says

      I love when the cookies is more on the under baked side, too. Not really a fan of well done cookies. Although, my neighbor loves them to an almost burnt crisp! So, it’s really hard for me to allow the cookies to “burn”…I almost get embarrassed!

    • says

      Thanks, Erin! I pretty much have a ritual of putting butter out first thing in the morning. But, then my husband cleans off the counter and puts it right back into the fridge…grrr! (=


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