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A neighbor recently watered some plants for us while we were out of town. As a thank you I decided to bake some cookies for them. Unfortunately I am having some problems. I've made chocolate chip cook
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Chocolate Chip Cookie Problems

posted at 7/9/2012 3:57 PM EDT
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A neighbor recently watered some plants for us while we were out of town. As a thank you I decided to bake some cookies for them. Unfortunately I am having some problems. I've made chocolate chip cookies dozens of times, but never ran into problems like these:

1. flatten out too much; as thin as pancakes
2. darken and edges get crisp well before minimal baking time; center still gooey, though dark
3. stick to baking sheet; seems to be mostly the chips and in the center

The cookies still taste fine, just look horrendous. Also, due to thickness, cookies are a mess; more like crumbles.

At first I thought it was the dough being too warm headed into the oven, but today I made sure the dough was nice and cool by leaving it in the fridge for a couple hours. Now I am not too sure what the problem is. Any suggestions or ideas?

Re: Chocolate Chip Cookie Problems

posted at 7/9/2012 6:10 PM EDT
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Brian I have a few questions for you.
Did you use butter or margarine?
If you used Margarine is it one that says it is alright for baking.  Some have water added or are high in oil so they do not have the same qualities as butter or a solid margarine.
The sticking to the baking sheet may also have to do with the "fat" used.
Browning might also fit in there as well, if the product used is high in water the sugars may begin to brown before the cookie sets as the water evaporates.
These are all a shot in the dark without knowing what products you used.
Last but not least double checking oven temperature is a good idea as well.
Oh, one more thing...did you refrigerate the dough before baking? That will solidify the "fat" used.  Refrigerated the dough begins to bake and set before the fat melts, if the fat melts first it results in a flatter cookie that spreads more.
Also check expiration date on baking powder.

By the way flat or puffy, whole or crumbles chocolate chip cookies are good no matter what they look like!

Re: Chocolate Chip Cookie Problems

posted at 7/9/2012 8:36 PM EDT
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Just used the standard recipe found on the bag of chocolate chips, so unsalted butter and the rest of the ingredients that go with the recipe.

As for temperature, the first time I did not refrigerate the dough. Second time around I made sure the dough had been cooled for several hours in the fridge, but still ended up with same results. Still have the dough in my fridge, so I am going to try again tomorrow and see what happens.

One other thing I tried was switching pans. It may sound funny, but I usually use pizza pans to bake cookies. This time I did not. So, after a couple of times with the same results I went back to using my trusty pizza pan. However, that did not help and the cookies still baked up the same way.

This is my second batch, with similar results, so now I am guessing it's one of two things: 1) oven issues or 2) ingredients, maybe the baking soda.

Re: Chocolate Chip Cookie Problems

posted at 7/11/2012 9:28 AM EDT
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It will be interesting to find out if it was the baking soda or the oven.
I am sure they tasted great though. 
It has been so long since I made Chocolate chip cookies using the recipe on the bag I found one that I have been told must be the ONLY chocolate chip cookie I make now.  I will look for it and post it for you.  The odd thing is it uses a combination of flours.

Re: Chocolate Chip Cookie Problems

posted at 7/11/2012 9:56 AM EDT
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I found the recipe for chocolate chip cookies.  I will post it under Chocoholics Anonymous.
It is a recipe from Jacques Torres.

Re: Chocolate Chip Cookie Problems

posted at 7/11/2012 3:49 PM EDT
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I'm guessing it's an issue with the oven temperature.

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