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

posted at 10/19/2011 4:52 PM EDT
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Thank you Jena -- what good ideas and instructions you share.
And we all always are searching for absolute perfection in a cookie!!  Tongue out

What's your very favorite cookie recipe?

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

posted at 10/19/2011 6:03 PM EDT
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 I have made so manyof these it is crazy. First and foremost use real butter, no walmart brand preferably the land of lakes. If your first sheet bakes flat it would seem that adding a little more flour would help you out to finish the rest of them.Temparature of butter , dough  and baking pans does make a difference. Also I like them  with  more brown sugar so I put 1 cup of packed brown to 1/2 of white sugar.
Makes the chewier. I only use C&H suger to as the cheaper ones may cause the flatness to. Best of all you are not alone out there flat cookies happen....

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

posted at 10/19/2011 6:54 PM EDT
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In Response to Why do my Toll House Cookies go flat in the oven?:  Hello Flat Cookie Man.  Due to the high Butter content in this recipe the cookies flatten quickly.  To prevent this, you should ideally chill the dough overnight.  Not only will this allow all the conents to properly mix, you'll be left with a slower melting cookie and a better tasting one.  Also check out this web page about changing the amount of butter to create an even better take on the toll house.  I've not tried it, but it looks good!... http://www.lafujimama.com/2010/03/nestlefoodies-toll-house-chocolate-chip-cookies-better-than-the-original-shhh-dont-tell/ Laughing  hope that helps!!!


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

posted at 11/20/2011 6:16 PM EST
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In Response to Re: Why do my Toll House Cookies go flat in the oven?:
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.
Posted by JUDY O


Yes...the old recipe must have been changed!!!  I just made a batch of FLAT ONES !!!!  And I do remember the dough being somewhat stiffer than it is now!!!  I'm going to try chilling the dough and adding more flour!!!

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

posted at 12/10/2011 5:54 PM EST
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Keep in mind that margarine has changed.  Check the label and make sure the margarine you are using is OK for baking.  Some has so much water added that it really is not suitable for baking.
I use butter and I never really thought of refrigerating dough.  I know the directions state that it should be refrigerated but when I would start baking to stop and refrigerate the cookie dough I thought was really not necessary.  Well the last cookies I made they made a point of saying to refrigerate at least 24 hours or longer.  I did so and I must admit the cookies were great.  Not sure if it was the new recipe or the fact that I at last refrigerated my dough.
I know the "Cookie Queen" here Nancy does refrigerate her dough and apparently she has all of her state falling at her feet for cookies. (Ok maybe an exaggeration but probably not far off).
So I have turned a new leaf and will now refrigerate my cookie dough. I know the "science" behind it that it firms the fat that has been used and it allow the flour to absorb the liquid in the dough.   And at least it is one way to clean up before you start baking.

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

posted at 12/10/2011 6:12 PM EST
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I bet I know why they went flat!! It was your baking soda!

I've made the same recipe over the years from Nestle and the ONLY time my cookies did this was when my baking soda was going dead. I have used shortening, oleo, and butter. Every time they go that way, it's because my baking soda is 6-8 months old. Even brand new boxes can go bad.

One other thing, make sure you are spooning in the flour into your measuring up and leveling off. Not enough flour can make them do this as well.

I also recommend to you, let your eggs set out until they are room temperature, either cracked in a small bowl or left in the egg shell. It makes a HUGE difference and only mix they ingredients until they are throughly combined. Over beating can cause all sorts of problems.

If you are using baking powder for any of your cookies, make sure it is also fresh by doing a water test. If it doesn't fizzle in water, it's not good for baking!

Oh and don't forget to adjust for your altitude!! If you are in higher regions, you'll have to adjust your reipe some.

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

posted at 12/11/2011 4:59 PM EST
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Good for you cooking for your family.  My husband woudn't ever try that type of thing for our children.  I always try to have cold dough and cool cookie sheets, whether it be homemade chocolate chip cookies  (use butter, not margarine b/c it has too much water) or the Nestles refridgerated doughs, and also make sure the oven is pre-heated.   You might want to buy an oven thermometer.  Some oven thermostats can be off and it might say it is pre-heated but it really isn't up to correct temp.

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

posted at 12/11/2011 6:26 PM EST
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GRANA here;Hi MICHAEL B;
Beyond what others have suggested; the  things  that comes to mind: are you greasing the pan?
Most cookie  recipes have enough shortening in them that there is no need to grease the cookie sheet.
Have you chiledthecookiedoughlongenoug, priorto baking? warm doughis likelyto spread out aster than chilled dough
Also: Have you allowed  the oven to reach the proper baking temperature, if not the cookies might spread out rather than baking & rising as you remember.I have made both these  mistakes, myself Embarassed& experienced flat cookies as a result.Frown
 BTW:Baking soda gives a softer; chewy  cookie than Baking powder;be sure you are using the one called for in your recipe & that it is  nopast the use by date on the pkg.
My Father, aprofessionalbakeralwayssaid:" cooking is an art & baking is a science.The science part requires all variables  for proper resuts be realized

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

posted at 12/20/2011 8:08 AM EST
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I do the same thing....but my cookies go flat as well?? Did toll house change the recipe somehow?? 
In Response to Re: Why do my Toll House Cookies go flat in the oven?:
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!
Posted by Pat A

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

posted at 10/2/2012 12:26 AM EDT
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In Response to Why do my Toll House Cookies go flat in the oven?:
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.
Posted by Michael B



Hi Michael...I was experiencing the same thing with my cookies going flat . I use a recipe from my Home Ec. class  when I was in High school and to help the problem I add a handful of quick cooking oatmeal...I really can't say how much to add,my hand most likely is smaller than yours so just start out with not a very large handful and mix it in and bake a batch....if that batch is flat, try adding more to the leftover  dough....make sure you taste the baked cookies to make sure they taste alright. We love oatmeal and nuts in our chocolate chip cookies. Good Luck.



Sherry

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

posted at 12/22/2012 12:27 AM EST
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Holy Moly, I bet you're right on the money!  I used to get flat cookies once in a while, but they've been awesome for me for years now.  Until tonight =(  Lo and behold, about a week ago I found an open box of baking soda at the back of a cupboard, and that's the one I used for this batch of Tollhouse Flatties!   Aaaaaargh!

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

posted at 12/22/2012 4:52 PM EST
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I have the same problem as Michael B. Have for years.
I've tried high altitude/regular.  I've simply added extra flour- unbleached All Purpose . 
I've used all sorts of pans, greased and w/parchment. 
I don't put dough on warm sheets.
I bought fresh baking soda this year. 
I tried some on convection, some regular baking.
This year I tried cooling the dough, sat covered in fridge overnight.
The only thing I have not tried that was suggested here is replacing some butter, but I see Nancy uses all butter without problem. Mine OTOH look they will be OK thru the first few minutes of baking time and then progressively flatten. They do taste good, exactly as they should IMO. Anyway, Michael, you are not alone!

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

posted at 7/31/2013 4:56 PM EDT
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In Response to Re: Why do my Toll House Cookies go flat in the oven?:
Hi, my name is Valerie and I had the same problem with my cookies. I relizes that my dough wasn't the same consistantcy it normally would
be so I back tracted and relized I made a few mistakes. I used blue bonnett instead of butter and I also use 1 cup of brown sugar instead of 
3/4 cups in which the recipe calls for. Silly me not paying any attention, so I tried fixing the reciepe by adding a little flour, Adding a little flour 
will make your dough bond more it woundn't be so messy, It also slows down the rising of the dough a little, so just keep an eye on the oven allow the cookies to start to lightly brown remove them a few minutes before whatever the recipe calls for normally that would 9-11 min at 375 degrees I say just back tract make sure your using the right amount of ingredients also use what the recipe calls for,for the best results. good luck guy!!!




  •  1/4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup butter or margarine, softened

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 large egg

  • 1 (12 ounce) packageNESTLE® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels

  • 1 cup chopped nuts

 

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

posted at 7/31/2013 4:56 PM EDT
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In Response to Re: Why do my Toll House Cookies go flat in the oven?:
Hi, my name is Valerie and I had the same problem with my cookies. I relizes that my dough wasn't the same consistantcy it normally would
be so I back tracted and relized I made a few mistakes. I used blue bonnett instead of butter and I also use 1 cup of brown sugar instead of 
3/4 cups in which the recipe calls for. Silly me not paying any attention, so I tried fixing the reciepe by adding a little flour, Adding a little flour 
will make your dough bond more it woundn't be so messy, It also slows down the rising of the dough a little, so just keep an eye on the oven allow the cookies to start to lightly brown remove them a few minutes before whatever the recipe calls for normally that would 9-11 min at 375 degrees I say just back tract make sure your using the right amount of ingredients also use what the recipe calls for,for the best results. good luck guy!!!




  •  1/4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup butter or margarine, softened

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 large egg

  • 1 (12 ounce) packageNESTLE® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels

  • 1 cup chopped nuts

 

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

posted at 8/2/2013 6:04 PM EDT
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Hi, Michael B. We have some great tips on the web site to help you make the cookies just right(http://www.verybestbaking.com/with-the-kids/family-kitchen/articles/baking-chocolate-chip-cookies-just-right.aspx). We also have a step by step video on YouTube(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0EzWzaBIgA). We would also be happy to mail you some great tips and a coupon. Please call us at 1-800-851-0512 and we would be happy to assist you further. In Response to Why do my Toll House Cookies go flat in the oven?:
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.
Posted by Michael B

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

posted at 8/2/2013 8:36 PM EDT
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GRANA here;
Hi
d you grease your cookie sheet? I did that years ago & my cookies spread ou& were lat !There is so much shortening(  butter/oil) n most recipes, that the cookies do not stick
BTW;I use dark non-stick pans ; my cookies look& taste good&  cleanup is easy
Good luckw/ your next batch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

posted at 8/3/2013 6:56 AM EDT
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makesure that the cookies trays are cold.

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

posted at 8/3/2013 10:34 AM EDT
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This is an old post.  Michael asked this question in April of 2011 and has not posted since then.

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

posted at 11/14/2013 9:38 PM EST
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I had the same problem and followed the Toll House  recipie to the letter.   Tried chilling the dough. Tried adding more baking soda.  Tried  butter, and tried crisco, ( also tried using cake flour once)

Then I discovered I was using  extra large eggs.

Then I increased the amount of flour  by 1/4 cup increments and was able to get the results like I did as a kid.
Solution -  use smaller eggs   or increase the flour above   the amount stated  in recipe

In sum -  the flat runny cookie  is caused by a dough that is too  "wet" 

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

posted at 11/15/2013 1:54 PM EST
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how much baking soda you put on the dough?
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