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I am mixing the batter for Chocolate Ginger Cookies. There is no salt in the recipe. That just seems very odd. I am inclined to add salt, although I am not sure how much. I am going to look at a few other cookie recipes and wing it. However, I am curious. Do you have cookie recipes that don't call for salt?

asked by bella s.f. about 6 years ago
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added about 6 years ago

all the recipes for Chocolate Ginger Cookies I have call for 1/2 tsp of salt.

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added about 6 years ago

I like salt in all my cookies. I think you'd be fine adding about a 1/2 teaspoon of salt.

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added about 6 years ago

Some people use salted butter and reduce or eliminate salt in the recipe, but if you do that, you don't have control over how much salt there is. I would use unsalted butter and 1/2 tsp of salt in a standard recipe that uses 2 cups of flour and makes about 36 cookies.

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added about 6 years ago

Two of my shortbread recipes don't call for salt and specify unsalted butter--they're just flour, butter, sugar (granulated or brown) and sometimes nuts. I never noticed it missing in those recipes.

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added about 6 years ago

Sorry--hit the "send" button too soon.

Where did the recipe come from? I trust very few on-line recipe sites, and will not use a recipe from them unless I'm sure it has been professionally tested. Even though I no longer have to pinch pennies the way I did when my six sons were here, I don't like to spend even $5 on a batch of homemade cookies that are just "okay." I hate when that happens. food52 is the only site with user-generated recipes that I trust--usually, if there's a reason for something, it'll be spelled out by the thoughtful cooks here.

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added about 6 years ago

Here's the link to the recipe from a Cookie Madness/Schell Cafe/Four Seasons route. http://www.cookiemadness... I think that I am selective in what I choose to make. I have a fairly good sense of how something will turn out, perhaps not exactly how it will taste, but whether or not it will be something that we will like. I think that as we evolve as cooks, dare I say chefs, we develop pretty good instintcts.

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added about 6 years ago

I grew up always eliminating the salt from cookie recipes. It's mostly a flavour thing, not a leavening thing I believe, so cook's choice. However, now that I'm (more) grown-up, I've come to understand that, like with any cooking, salt really helps to bring out the other flavours, so especially in a recipe like this I think you ought to add a bit!