Making fresh-baked cookies like a pro

Few things are more delicious than a plate of warm cookies with a glass of milk.

The holiday season is a prime time of yea r to ma ke f reshb aked cookies to share and enjoy.

Ensuring these cookies come out the best they can takes a little work and know-how.

Here are 10 tips for cookiebaking success.

1. Measure all ingredients accurately. Successful baking is often about careful measuring of ingredients to ensure the right ratio.

2. Use large-sized eggs and unsalted products, such as but- ter, unless directed otherwise.

3. Line baking sheets with parchment paper so cookies don’t st ick a nd cle a nup of pans will be simple.

4. Use high-qualit y ingredients as much as possible.

5. Chill cookie dough if using cookie cutters.

It will ensure better detail on the cuts.

6. Leave at least 2 inches of space between cookies to allow for spreading while baking.

7. Baking cookies longer produces crispier cookies. Taking them out sooner means chewier cookies.

8. Brownies and bar cookies should be beaten just enough to blend the ingredients well. Too much mixing will cause the cookies to rise quickly and then fall and crack when cooling.

9. Butter should be softened but slightly firm when added to make cookie batters. Too hard or too runny can affect cookie texture.

10. Cookies are best baked in the lower third of the oven.

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