Cookies leave a greasy residue.

Whenever I make cookies, bars or brownies with melted butter it leaves a greasy residue on everybody’s hands. How could I prevent this from happening? Thanks!

  • Posted by: Cathy
  • March 24, 2019


hunter D. April 3, 2019
or dont melt butter warm it up so it's soft and malleable work just fine
Cathy April 4, 2019
Thank you! That makes perfect sense. It didn’t even occur to me to try that. I’m delighted it occurred to you. Thanks again.
HalfPint March 25, 2019
A friend taught me to put cookies and brownies on paper grocery bags to soak up any extra grease.
Cathy March 25, 2019
Thank you so much for your reply. I have a ton of paper grocery bags! I better get baking.
drbabs March 25, 2019
A couple of possibilities. Are you weighing your ingredients? Because it sounds like the ratio of butter to flour is off. Consider using a scale, and recipes that were tested using weights. This can also happen if you try to reduce the sugar in a recipe. Make sure your oven is at temperature— some people say for a half hour— before putting your baked goods in the oven. The heat kind of seals the outside. Finally, when this has happened to me, I put the cooled cookies on layers of paper towels for a while before storing them to absorb some of the excess fat. I hope this helps.
Cathy March 25, 2019
Thanks for your suggestions. Currently I try to have things ready to go into the oven as soon as it signals it’s at temperature. One of those crazy races that we fall into without even knowing we’re doing it. My daughters do the same thing. But thank you. I’m looking forward to trying it out.
drbabs March 25, 2019
Oh, you know, another thing that might help is to make the cookie dough a day ahead and refrigerate the dough. This would enable the mixture to blend together better before baking,
Cathy March 25, 2019
Thanks again for your ideas.
BerryBaby March 27, 2019
I make dough, portion it into small balls, freeze them upon solid (about 20 minutes), then place in ziplock bags for future use. Bake them freezer to oven. Frozen balls are good for 3 months,
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