For the flour, should we go by the weight or volume?

The recipe states, “2 cups (272 grams) all-purpose flour.”

One cup of flour, fluffed, poured into one cup and leveled, is generally about 120g. Two cups about 240g. 272g closer to 2 1/4 cups.

Should we go by the weight (272g) or the volume 2 cups, fluffed, poured, leveled?

Thelma Louise J
Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Thelma L. April 7, 2022
Thank you for the replies! I went with weight and they are delicious!
AntoniaJames April 8, 2022
Thanks so much for reporting back! Feedback from people who ask questions here makes all the difference in the world. (Now, I want one of those cookies . . . . .) ;o)
AntoniaJames April 7, 2022
drbabs is right! I'd note that there is a surprising variation in the mass to volume ratios of flour, depending on the cook and the method of measuring they use. When I did a quick survey of Food52 test-kitchen-approved recipes that included mass measures, I found a cup of flour could range from 120 to 144 grams. This one falls on the high end. ;o)
drbabs April 7, 2022
drbabs April 7, 2022
I think people who write recipes these days include volume for those who don’t have a scale. But if you have a scale, use it. Your results will be more consistent.
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