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I have made these cookies several times and every time they spread out and are as thin as paper with the choc chips in the middle. They taste good and do not stick but how do you keep them small and t
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NEED HELP WITH CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

posted at 11/9/2011 9:38 AM EST
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I have made these cookies several times and every time they spread out and are as thin as paper with the choc chips in the middle. They taste good and do not stick but how do you keep them small and thick? I'm so embarrased because I cook all the time. I use only fresh ingrediants and measure perfectly. So am I mixing too long? Putting too much dough on sheet? Humidity? Someone please help, this happens every time I make these cookies.

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posted at 11/9/2011 10:27 AM EST
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What recipe are you using?  The one on the back of the bag of Nestles Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips?  That's the best one.
What type of fat are you using?  Butter?  Margarine?  Shortening?  Do not use the margarine that comes in the tubs, that has too much water in it.  Read the Forum about reducing fat and you'll find many Posts about using butter and margarine in your baking.  Basically, follow the recipe and use what that says to use.
By the way, my father could always tell who made the chocolate chip cookies, my mother or me.  Something about the way I packed the brown sugar and put my foot in there and stomped on it; not really, but I guess I packed it harder than my mother did.

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posted at 11/9/2011 1:23 PM EST
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Try adding about 1/2 cup more flour.  I'll usually bake 1 pan and see how they come out and if they're too flat add more flour to the dough and it'll usually work.

Re: NEED HELP WITH CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

posted at 11/9/2011 2:20 PM EST
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As Jean said, the type of fat may be the culprit. Real butter will make a cookie go flatter than stick margarine. But I personally like the flavor from butter better. And as Jennie pointed out, to compensate add a little more flour. Also make sure your baking pan is cool before adding the cookie dough.

Re: NEED HELP WITH CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

posted at 11/9/2011 2:35 PM EST
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Hi Tamie - welcome to VBB.
When I make just about any cookie I add  around 2 or 3 tablespoons of extra flour.

Re: NEED HELP WITH CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

posted at 11/9/2011 5:29 PM EST
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In Response to Re: NEED HELP WITH CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES: Yes, I  am using the one on the back of the chips. I always use real stick butter in my cooking, maybe I should use stick margarine for these cookies.
What recipe are you using?  The one on the back of the bag of Nestles Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips?  That's the best one. What type of fat are you using?  Butter?  Margarine?  Shortening?  Do not use the margarine that comes in the tubs, that has too much water in it.  Read the Forum about reducing fat and you'll find many Posts about using butter and margarine in your baking.  Basically, follow the recipe and use what that says to use. By the way, my father could always tell who made the chocolate chip cookies, my mother or me.  Something about the way I packed the brown sugar and put my foot in there and stomped on it; not really, but I guess I packed it harder than my mother did.
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posted at 11/9/2011 5:32 PM EST
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In Response to Re: NEED HELP WITH CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES:Hi Jean, I do always use stick butter in my cooking, I will try stick margarine and a little more flour as suggested by you and others.  My pan is cool before adding dough. Thank you.
As Jean said, the type of fat may be the culprit. Real butter will make a cookie go flatter than stick margarine. But I personally like the flavor from butter better. And as Jennie pointed out, to compensate add a little more flour. Also make sure your baking pan is cool before adding the cookie dough.
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posted at 11/9/2011 7:00 PM EST
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Tamie -- I'm so picky about my cookies, if it's at all possible I roll the dough into a long "log" in plastic wrap and leave it in the 'fridge for several hours or over night.   When I'm ready to bake I remove a big glob of dough from the log and shape it into small balls and put that in the overn.  While those are baking I form another sheet (with parchment paper - not grease!!) I fill another sheet with balls and put that in the fridge.  I keep making balls and keeping them cold in the fridge.

Re: NEED HELP WITH CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

posted at 11/9/2011 7:52 PM EST
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Margarine or a mixture of margarine and butter will result in a thicker "puffier" cookie.  the margarine does not melt as fast as the butter does so the cookie can "set" a bit before the margarine starts to melt.  Butter starts melting right away so the cookie flattens out and becomes thinner.
If it is still available Alton Brown did a show Good Eats and there was a segment on "Puffy" VS "Flat" cookies and there were several tips to get one or the other.
In general if you put the dough in the refrigerator for several hours (ha ha) the fat that you used will solidify and melt even slower again giving you a thicker cookie.

Funny thing I am just making a batch of chocolate chip cookies from a recipe I saw and the flour it calls for is part pastry flour and believe it or not part bread flour.  I will let you know how they turn out.  (Instructions do say to refrigerate dough at least 12 hours.) Frown With luck the result will be an awesome cookieSmile

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posted at 11/10/2011 7:15 PM EST
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Well the results are in on the cookie that I made with the new recipe.  GREAT. My Grandson thinks that should be my only chocolate chip cookie recipe from now on.
I will post the recipe. I will save it to my recipe box so you can see it there and I will post it under Chocoholics.And I used the Dark Chips.  I was looking for chunks but couldn't find them at the store where I was shopping. the dark chips are perfect for this recipe.

Re: NEED HELP WITH CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

posted at 11/16/2011 8:55 PM EST
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You shouldadd 1-2 tablespoons extra flour

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