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 11/15/2013 2:41 PM EST
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 I made the best cookies in my oven.

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

posted at 11/15/2013 3:43 PM EST
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I have the same problem. I've been baking for 45 years and make some amazingly tastey cookies.  I have 3 great chocolate chip cookie recipes.  The original Tollhouse, one from Martha Stewart and the third from the Silver Palate cookbook.  Each uses 100% butter, the dough chilled or not turns into a flat delicious spread of delicately crispy yet chewy dough; ALL are flatter than many a pancake, and the chips protrude.  I use an industry grade aluminum cookie sheet.  My friend's cookies look like those of our childhood.  Slightly mounded with the chips in and out randomly.  She always uses half shortening half butter.  And this is I believe the trick.  As much as I dread tampering with such great recipes, to please my son's quest for the less flat version, 1/2 and 1/2 it is. Because butter is more expensive, I'm sure my Mom and Grandma did not use all butter...As for me, I'll savor the rich delicate chewy flat cookies for what they are.

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

posted at 11/15/2013 5:14 PM EST
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Hi Deborah -- welcome to VBB.  We're glad to have another baker.
My mother never baked a chocolate chip cookie in her life - lol.   Thank goodness! The only shortening she used for any purpose was lard.

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

posted at 12/2/2013 2:19 PM EST
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GRANA here;
 A few causes of flat cookies come to mind: use of  inactive/expired  or not enough baking powder; greasing your pans, or using warm pans or warm dough( cold is best or maybe just bad luck;
Was your oven preheated to the proper temperature?
Try again & maybe you'll ave better luckYellI APPLAUD  yur willingness to bake cookies on your own!!!!!!!!!!!!Most of us learned baking w/ our Moms/Grandmoms @ our sidepreventing& correcting any mistakes  until we could bake on our own.
I'm sure NANCY G  did not start out baking perfect cookies and she is our "COOKIE QUEEN "
Cool
I'll bet  your cookies tasted good; even flattened
WinkSmile
I 've made all of these mistakes& my 2 teenage sons   5 GRANDKIDS  never complained or left any cookies uneaten

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

posted at 12/2/2013 6:23 PM EST
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Hello MICHAEL B<
In Response to Why do my Toll House Cookies go flat in the oven?: Do you use self rising flour when you make these cookies?  If so, try omitting the baking soda.  Plewis50
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.
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Re: Why do my Toll House Cookies go flat in the oven?

posted at 12/2/2013 6:39 PM EST
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If you are using self rising flour try omitting the baking soda.

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

posted at 12/17/2013 4:01 PM EST
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Hi folks...I am new to the site but I have the very same question too.  But here's what I experienced over the past couple of days.  I made several batches of the dough at night to cook the next day.  But I couldn't get the lid on the bowl so I decided to cook a few cookies to get the lid to close.  Hence, the dough is obviously room temperature and the pans are also room temperature.  I can get 4 pans in my oven so that was enough to close the lid so in the fridge goes the dough.  Cookies turned out spread wide and flat.

Next day, the dough is chilled and hard, pans again are room temperature.  So now with chilled dough, (same dough mind you.....) these cookies are turning out puffed up and round.  It didn't matter if the pans were room temperature or warm from the oven, the cookies never flatten out.   So my experiment proved that chilled dough gave me puffy cookies, room temperature dough, gave me flat cookies.  However, we don't care as they all taste the same!

Nancy W.

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

posted at 2/13/2014 4:26 AM EST
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   I was having the exact same problem.  Put in an extra scoop of flour and chill the dough this fixed it for me.
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