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Hi- Does any one know how to stop cookies from coming out so flat?? Specific recipe is the toll house chocolate chip recipe. I tried all butter, all shortening, tried a mix of both, tried cold, tried
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Flat chocolate chip cookies

posted at 11/8/2010 9:30 AM EST
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Hi- Does any one know how to stop cookies from coming out so flat?? Specific recipe is the toll house chocolate chip recipe. I tried all butter, all shortening, tried a mix of both, tried cold, tried room temp.

Re: Flat chocolate chip cookies

posted at 11/8/2010 10:00 AM EST
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In Response to Flat chocolate chip cookies:
Hi- Does any one know how to stop cookies from coming out so flat?? Specific recipe is the toll house chocolate chip recipe. I tried all butter, all shortening, tried a mix of both, tried cold, tried room temp.
Posted by matt m


Matt:

Here are some tips on preventing flat cookies from our Frequently Asked Questions section: http://www.verybestbaking.com/General/FAQ.aspx#someid28  Hope this helps!

Re: Flat chocolate chip cookies

posted at 11/8/2010 10:04 AM EST
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I have never had that problem with my cookies. Have you tried shaping the dough in a tight ball first? Just a thought, good luck.

Re: Flat chocolate chip cookies

posted at 11/8/2010 11:48 AM EST
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A while back there was an episode of "Good Eats" on the Food Network, Alton Brown went through a whole list of things that will make cookies "Puffy", "Chewy", "Flat", "Thin", "Crispy".  Here is a few of the things that were mentioned.
A bit more baking soda will make them thinner.
Replace eggs with milk for thinner cookies
Butter will make the cookies spread out more.
Margarine will keep the cookies puffier.
More white sugar will give you a crisper cookie
More brown sugar will give a softer chewier cookie
For a puffier cookie use some cake flour as well as all purpose flour.
Baking powder rather than baking soda will give you a puffier cookie.
Chilling the dough will give you a puffier cookie because the cookie will start to set before the butter or margarine begins to melt.
For a real chewie cookie melt the butter.

I am sure you could find some of this on the Food Network site.  I hope I got most of this right, I was jotting down notes as I was watching the show.

Re: Flat chocolate chip cookies

posted at 11/8/2010 1:21 PM EST
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Make sure your butter or margarine is not melted.

Re: Flat chocolate chip cookies

posted at 11/8/2010 4:17 PM EST
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I always chill my cookie dough for a bit.  The softer the dough is the more it will spread.

Re: Flat chocolate chip cookies

posted at 11/8/2010 5:25 PM EST
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I'm proud of my thick, CHEWY cookies .... I don't want any thin, flat and crisp (I don't make any meant to be that way)Wink
I agree with H.M. about chilling the dough -- I just chill mine longer.
Every recipe I make is in the 'fridge maybe 6-8 hours - probably over night. 
I roll the dough into a l-o-n-g skinny roll wrapped in plastic wrap for storage in the 'fridge.
And I use more flour than the recipe calls for .... I just use heaping measuring cups instead of leveling them off.
The dough is quite stiff when removed from the 'fridge -- it sure can't be scooped -- so I roll it into balls like Irma said.
While one batch is being baked I keep the other balls in the 'fridge.

Re: Flat chocolate chip cookies

posted at 11/14/2010 2:06 PM EST
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I used the butter flavored crisco and never had a flat cookie.  I agree with Nikki P to use the tips on the Food network.  I will be over to sample the finished product....LOL

Re: Flat chocolate chip cookies

posted at 11/15/2010 7:30 AM EST
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I leave my cookie dough in the fridge till the last minute.  Sometimes even put it in the freezer for a couple minutes.  I have had very flat cookies too :(

Re: Flat chocolate chip cookies

posted at 11/17/2010 1:23 PM EST
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My chocolate chip cookies used to always be plump and fat, but now they always seem to come out flat. I really don't mind....they still taste great! They are nice and crispy. I also use butter flavor Crisco, but I never chill my dough. That's probably my problem! I never roll them into balls anymore either. Everytime I did that, they came out hard as a rock and no one appreciated my cookies! Can't say as I blamed them! Nancy, are your always nice and soft when you chill the dough and roll into balls? I'm going to definitely have to try that!
I just made chocolate chip cookies the other day in fact! I always put some in a container in the frig cause they get stall if they are out and don't get eaten right up. I take one or two out of the frig and pop in the microwave for a few seconds and it's like it just came out of the oven! Homemade chocolate chip cookies are my absolute favorite....with double stuff Oreos coming in second!!
Thanks to all of you for the great tips here! And Nikki, especially for the info from the Food Network!

Re: Flat chocolate chip cookies

posted at 11/18/2010 7:33 AM EST
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Carol -- all my cookies are SOFT AND CHEWY.  I want only soft and chewy cookies ...
well, the little "cake-y" ones like Mexican Wedding Cakes (Sandies) are not chewy but they are the exception .........
Like I said, I use more flour than the recipe calls for and I always get the dough very cold before baking.
Then I always roll dough into a ball instead of just using a spoon to transfer dough to baking sheet.

Re: Flat chocolate chip cookies

posted at 11/18/2010 11:25 AM EST
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Thanks, Nancy! I'm going to definitely try your tips next time I make chocolate chip cookies!!!

Re: Flat chocolate chip cookies

posted at 11/30/2010 12:15 PM EST
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Oh you girls are just so sweet with your cookie tales.  You are making my mouth water for a cookie right NOW!  Okay I guess I can give my self a cookie break and have milk and cookies before Santa Gobbles them up or puts them in his pockets!  LOL  I'm taking my Grandsons on the POLAR EXPRESS to see Santa soon and they are going to ask him why he drinks Coke a Cola on Christmas Eve and not milk as Mommy makes them drink milk and not Sodas when they get to have cookies!  LOL  Smart  Mommy!

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