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A question about a recipe: Cream Cheese Cookies

I have a question about the recipe "Cream Cheese Cookies" from merrill. Does this cookie not need baking soda? Will that mean the cookie comes out a little flatter than regular cookies?

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DebS added over 2 years ago

I would say it does not need it; shortbread doesn't usually have any leavener (sp?) in it. They will likely be more crumbly or chewy than cakey.

mcs3000 added over 2 years ago

No baking soda. Mine came out just like Merrill said they would. I hope you try them - so wonderful and genius.

CarlaCooks added over 2 years ago

I had the same experience ad mcs3000. No baking soda and cookies came out just fine. They are a bit flat and crumbly, but don't that against these delicious and super easy cookies!

Niknud added over 2 years ago

Ditto - just lovely cookies!

nutcakes added over 2 years ago

Thanks for asking a question and bringing these to my attention. I whipped up a batch right away and they are crisp on the edges and chewy in the middle. Not crumbly at all. Does not taste like shortbread, Almost like a meringue but no egg! (Can't wait until my allergic friend tries it.) Well worth making, easy and even elegant. I would serve it for teas or with a light dessert that just needed a little cookie alongside. It is going onto my next cookie tray.

And no baking soda needed, to get back to the question.


Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

added over 2 years ago

Thanks, everyone, for chiming in! No leavening necessary, but they still puff a little in the middle.

nutcakes added over 2 years ago

Any tips on storage? Will they stay crisp on the edges at all after day one?

happycao added over 2 years ago

thank you everyone! I've just never heard of cookies without baking powder/soda unless its shortbread. Definitely gonna give it a go!


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added over 2 years ago

Nutcakes, to your storage question -- the Food52 Team brought me some in a tupperware that lasted for 3 or 4 days and were perfectly fresh. (how they didn't all get eaten by then is beyond me!)

Sigita added about 2 years ago

No leavening in this cookie- I have made them often - and I find it helpful to press them down a bit- either with the back of a tablespoon or a small glass - it helps them bake more evenly. These are rich decadent cookies that take minutes to make. Everyone loves them and can't figure out what is in them.

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