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I just made chocolate chip cookies and they are flat.  What am I doing wrong?  Hopefully someone has the answer.
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posted at 7/17/2013 2:19 PM EDT
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I just made chocolate chip cookies and they are flat.  What am I doing wrong?  Hopefully someone has the answer.

Re: help with cookies

posted at 7/17/2013 6:43 PM EDT
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I bet you used butter.
Nothing wrong with butter but the cookies are a bit flatter due to the melting point of the butter. 
A few hints for you...
For puffier cookies use margarine. 
The margarine melts at a higher temperature so the cookie "sets" before the fat begins to melt. 
Refrigerate the dough.  This is very important as the fat that you use will become firm again and take longer to melt before the dough "sets". 
There was a great episode on the Food Network that Alton Brown did on his show Good Eats. He explained how to get Puffy cookies, Flatter crisp cookies and chewy cookies.  I think three of his recipes are on the web site.  They are all from the basic bag of the bag for Toll House cookies he just tweaked the recipes to get the result he wanted. 

Re: help with cookies

posted at 7/17/2013 10:00 PM EDT
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Hi Susan - welcome to VBB.  
I love fat cookies and  sure don't want a flat one so I just add a glob of extra flour.
I always use butter (unless a recipe calls for butter AND shortening) so I do use that extra flour.
And, like Nikki said, I refrigerate the dough before baking.  I pile the dough on a long sheet of plastic wrap and force the dough into a long "log", 
I like to leave it in the 'fridge overnight if possible.

Please try another batch of cookies and let us know how it turns out.   Good luck!!

Re: help with cookies

posted at 7/18/2013 12:01 AM EDT
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Listen to Nancy she is the "Cookie Queen"

Re: help with cookies

posted at 7/18/2013 7:43 AM EDT
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hee hee hee --- being the Cookie Queen means I bake MORE cookies than most people ---
not BETTER cookies!!

Re: help with cookies

posted at 7/18/2013 8:05 AM EDT
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 W e are having a big bake sale to raise money for the kids that have cancer.

Re: help with cookies

posted at 7/18/2013 8:05 AM EDT
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 W e are having a big bake sale to raise money for the kids that have cancer.

Re: help with cookies

posted at 7/18/2013 12:07 PM EDT
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If I may just add another hint to what Nicki and Nancy said, I would also suggest that you make sure your cookie sheets are cold before putting the dough out on them.  I usually rinse my cookie sheets with cold water after they come out of the oven before I add another  batch.

Also the size of your eggs can make the difference on flat or puffy cookies.  If you use extra large eggs, add about another 1-2 Tablespoons of flour!!

Re: help with cookies

posted at 7/18/2013 2:07 PM EDT
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Now I'll second Barbara ..... I always buy extra-large eggs.  Sometimes a dear family at church gives me "home grown" Wink eggs and some of them are very small so I use two for every one called for in a cookie recipe.

Re: help with cookies

posted at 10/22/2013 7:02 AM EDT
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I use butter when called for it might be old flour or baking soda or powder

Re: help with cookies

posted at 10/22/2013 8:42 AM EDT
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I like the hint to add a little more flour as I use butter all the time

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