🔕 🔔
Loading…

My Basket ()

All questions

Cookie conundrum

My cookies turned fine but the tops didn't crack and give that nice texture. I was wondering was my dough to warm or oven not hot enough? Any guesses would help for the rest of the season. Thanks.

asked by Bil,Walker over 5 years ago

Are you channeling your best self with this comment? (If you're not sure, check out our Code of Conduct.)

10 answers 938 views
23b88974 7a89 4ef5 a567 d442bb75da04  avatar
added over 5 years ago

Was this a molasses cookie? I've had that happen before. Not sure I've got to the bottom of it, but only placing one tray in the oven at a time helps. If you have a convection oven, activating that may help.

Are you channeling your best self with this comment? (If you're not sure, check out our Code of Conduct.)

23b88974 7a89 4ef5 a567 d442bb75da04  avatar
added over 5 years ago

No but I wanted them to have a similar top. I was power housing the cookies out today, maybe two trays was the problem. Some had it some didn't.

Are you channeling your best self with this comment? (If you're not sure, check out our Code of Conduct.)

8a5161fb 3215 4036 ad80 9f60a53189da  buddhacat
SKK
added over 5 years ago

I cannot bake two trays of cookies at once in my oven. Even when I rotate the trays, I loose too much heat when I keep opening the oven.

Are you channeling your best self with this comment? (If you're not sure, check out our Code of Conduct.)

7b500f1f 3219 4d49 8161 e2fc340b2798  flower bee
added over 5 years ago

I assume this is a recipe you have made before and you are just trying to troubleshoot an isolated case. If you don't bake too often, there is one other possibility of you leavening having lost some of its power over time, being baking powder or baking soda. Depending on how tricky the recipe is, a little excess moisture in the dough can also affect their ability to form cracks.

Are you channeling your best self with this comment? (If you're not sure, check out our Code of Conduct.)

23b88974 7a89 4ef5 a567 d442bb75da04  avatar
added over 5 years ago

I just made some cookies with a crackly top and part of the instructions were to rotate them AND move them to a bottom rack halfway through, which probably does help get rid of any moisture but is dangerous burning wise. I've been testing back and forth but am also doing 1 tray at a time. My problem is more that my oven gets too hot, so I have to reduce the baking time after the first batch. Hard to say but if you have dough left, try 1 sheet at a time first. I suspect that may be the culprit.

Are you channeling your best self with this comment? (If you're not sure, check out our Code of Conduct.)

23b88974 7a89 4ef5 a567 d442bb75da04  avatar
added over 5 years ago

I did leave the dough overnight in the fridge and do two at a time. So I may have had two strikes against me. I have made them a few times before but this is the first time A) I've left them over night and not an hour and B) not had them crack the way I wanted. Thanks again guys your insight was quite helpful.

Are you channeling your best self with this comment? (If you're not sure, check out our Code of Conduct.)

23b88974 7a89 4ef5 a567 d442bb75da04  avatar
added over 5 years ago

This and the above mention of the baking soda give some insight perhaps. I just did a batch of molasses cookies and they all cracked beautifully well with the exception of the last batch. I even did 2 trays at a time. The last batch wasn't baked off until hours later. Guess what, no cracking. So now I'm thinking the soda was activated and too spent to rise the cookie enough to puff and sink, which makes the crackle top.

67da29df 0253 44dd 98a1 250b49e519a4  hilary sp1
added over 5 years ago

I do two trays at a time in my home oven frequently. What I do, though is move the trays farther apart. I know this seems antithetical, but for cracked tops it really works. Move them closer to the top and closer to the bottom. My oven has 6 spaces, so I leave room for one space above and below.

If the cooking time is 18 minutes, I rotate top to bottom, front to back at the nine minute mark. I also find that the sugar that you use makes a huge difference. A finer grain sugar will hinder cracking. Bigger sugar crystals- like raw sugar or demerrara will help a lot. also make sure to smoosh the cookies with the palm of your hand if they are drop cookies.

I've been making molasses cookies about five times a week recently-- and I use this method, it works every time. I always, always use demerrara sugar. I have a standard, GE electric oven. Nothing special.

Are you channeling your best self with this comment? (If you're not sure, check out our Code of Conduct.)

8a5161fb 3215 4036 ad80 9f60a53189da  buddhacat
SKK
added over 5 years ago

Oh Hilarybee, I am lusting after your oven. Is it too late to make a request of Secret Santa?

67da29df 0253 44dd 98a1 250b49e519a4  hilary sp1
added over 5 years ago

SKK, this is what I have:
http://products.geappliances...

It works actually very well. I got it in 2007 when we remodeled our house. I really wanted two wall ovens, but there wasn't enough clearance in my house. It's not fancy nor super expensive. I don't love the cooktop, admittedly. I'd rather have gas, but there wasn't space for a new line.

Loading…

Reset
Password

  Enter your email below and we'll send you instructions on how to reset your password

Account Created

Welcome!

Logged In

Enjoy!

Email Sent

Please check your email for instructions
on how to reset your password

Successfully logged out

Let's Keep in Touch!

Get the recipes and features that have us talking, plus first dibs on events and limited-batch products.

(Oh, and $10 off your order of $50 or more in the Food52 Shop, too.)

Please enter a valid email address.