Why do my Toll House Cookies go flat in the oven?
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Ok all you bakers out there, I need a little help here.  I am a divorced Dad with two teenagers at home. I grew up with baking a lot and remember  cookies coming out of the oven and being so
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Why do my Toll House Cookies go flat in the oven?

posted at 4/29/2011 4:14 AM EDT
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Ok all you bakers out there, I need a little help here.  I am a divorced Dad with two teenagers at home. I grew up with baking a lot and remember  cookies coming out of the oven and being somewhat oval shaped and flat on the bottom, being about 1/2" to 3/4" thick.  They were nice and chewy and tasty.  But for some reason that is not the case anymore.  We like to bake from scratch, we buy a 72oz bag of Nestle's Chocolate Chips from the warehouse club and it doesn't last too long around here.  Actually more than half of the cookie dough doesn't make it to the oven it is just as good raw as baked.  When we do bake cookies they come out flat as a pancake.  They still taste OK but not as good as I remember.  Somebody suggested to my daughter that it was because of using old baking soda, we dumped th eold stuff and tried fresh bought baking soda.  No change. We have tried using margarine instead of butter, no difference.  For whatever reason the cookies just do not rise or maybe I should say they just melt flat.  I guess I should say that I use the Original Toll House Recipe from the package. Well that is it. I hope somebody has a solution for me.  Thanks in advance, I will anxiously await a fix.

Re: Why do my Toll House Cookies go flat in the oven?

posted at 4/29/2011 5:15 AM EDT
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If you don't care about appearence but taste, I would continue on with what you are doing.

Re: Why do my Toll House Cookies go flat in the oven?

posted at 4/29/2011 7:14 AM EDT
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Hi Michael - welcome to VBB. 
I don't want a flat cookie either ... I want a good, fat, chewy hunk!  I use only Nestles Original Toll House Recipe and I use 100% butter.
To make certain I get a fat cookie I add a big spoonful of extra flour.

And - it sure slows down baking - but I always make the dough, wrap it in plastic wrap and store in 'fridge until it's cold. 
To make certain all the dough I bake is still cold I put the balls of dough on a sheets and while one sheet is baking I keep the next in the 'fridge.
Never, never put dough on a warm cookie sheet.
Keep watching this site - you'll have more responses.

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posted at 4/29/2011 7:34 AM EDT
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Have you tried chilling the dough - just before it it cooked?  I have also heard that if the pan is cool, it works better too.  But the best part is the taste, so they sound pretty succesful to me already!

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posted at 4/29/2011 7:52 AM EDT
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I find that butter flavored Crisco keeps the cookies puffy!!

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posted at 4/29/2011 9:04 AM EDT
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Shortening choice can influence the flatness or puffiness of a cooky.

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posted at 4/29/2011 9:06 AM EDT
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I MADE THE BEST COOKIES AND MY OVEN WAS FLAT.

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posted at 4/29/2011 9:35 AM EDT
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Hi, make sure your ingredients are fresh and that the cookie sheet is cool. That's my suggestion.

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posted at 4/29/2011 9:37 AM EDT
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I wish that I could help you with that problem.  But, I never experienced that.  Good luck in the future and keep on baking.  

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posted at 4/29/2011 2:18 PM EDT
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Thank you all. It seems the big thing might be keeping the dough and pans cool so I will try that soon and let you know how it turns out.

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posted at 4/29/2011 5:22 PM EDT
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If you are at a high evelation you might want to check the changes on the recipe pkg. 

Re: Why do my Toll House Cookies go flat in the oven?

posted at 4/29/2011 8:59 PM EDT
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I had the same problem - until I changed my pans.  I used the insulated ones without sides and my cookies were flat.  I bought a good-quality aluminum sheet pan with a slight rim around the edges (Pampered Chef sheet pan - I love it) and now my cookies do not go flat anymore.  Hope this helps!!

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posted at 4/29/2011 10:22 PM EDT
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My advice is to  do as Nancy says.  Afterall she is the cookie lady and champion cookie baker!!!!

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posted at 4/29/2011 11:41 PM EDT
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I have that problem sometimes.  If I use a silicon pad on the cookie sheet they will spread, but not so much with parchment.  I do think the kind of shortning makes a difference.  The old original toll house recipe that I remember as a kid, did not come out flat.  I think they've changed the recipe at some time.  ANyone else remember the old recipe that had a teaspoon of water in it?  You don't see that anymore.  Usually I bake the toll house oatmeal cookies and they aren't as flat.  Perhaps it is the oatmeal and as someone said, add a bit more flour.  it is kind of fun to experiment.

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posted at 4/29/2011 11:56 PM EDT
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I agree with the suggestions given.  They've said it all.  The comments I was going to make were already made.

Sounds like they taste good anyway.  Try some of the suggestions and don't give up.  Keep on baking!!!!

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posted at 4/30/2011 12:51 AM EDT
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The neighbor had this problem because he used the soft oleo in the tubs . Make sure you use the stick oleo (regular not low fat etc.)like Imperial or Blue Bonnet, even store brand.

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posted at 4/30/2011 6:48 AM EDT
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Michael B -- bake a batch of cookies now and let us know how it turns out.

Laughing One thing you can do with too flat cookies .......... Spread melted chocolate chips on the bottom of half the cookies and
quickly place the bottom of another cookie on it.   You'll have extra chocolate sandwich cookies!!
Extra chocolate makes anything good!

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posted at 4/30/2011 9:10 AM EDT
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Extra?   EXTRA CHOCOLATE????  No such thing!  I might have extra milk or extra bread.... but never "extra chocolate".Laughing

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posted at 4/30/2011 12:27 PM EDT
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Make sure you cookie tray is cool. 

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posted at 4/30/2011 3:05 PM EDT
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lol lol lol Pat - I'm so sorry - lol lol - I posted something offensive.  lol lol  Maybe you can get VBB to delete it.   lol lol
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