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Updated on Feb 25, 2019. Posted on May 31, 2018

Can You Bake Perfectly Textbook Chocolate Chip Cookies?

Bake it till you make it.

  1. The process of beating the sugar and butter together is called what?

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    Creaming is a baking technique in which butter is beat with sugar until light and fluffy.

    This incorporates air into the cookie — because more air = a lighter cookie. Learn more about it here.

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  2. And what temperature should your butter be when beating it with the sugar?

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    When creaming butter and sugar together, the butter should be at room temperature.

    This will make sure that air can easily incorporate into the butter and lighten the cookie. Learn more about it here.

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  3. After beating the butter and sugar together, what do you add next?

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    Next up is the eggs.

    After creaming the butter and sugar together, eggs are typically added.

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  4. Once that's nice and fluffy, what do you add next?

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    Next you add all of your dry ingredients.

    Sometimes these ingredients are sifted together, and sometimes they're added one by one. Learn more about the steps of making cookies here.

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  5. And how long do you want to mix the batter together for?

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    You want to mix your batter until just combined.

    Overmixing the dough can result in too much gluten development and a tough cookie — so it's important that you mix until just combined.

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  6. What temperature oven should you bake them in?

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    Most cookies are baked in a 350°F oven.

    Learn more about why 350ºF is the magic temperature here.

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  7. And which of these ingredients is not typically used to make chocolate chip cookies?

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    Vegetable oil is not typically used to make cookies.

    For most chocolate chip cookie recipes, oil would be too loose and cause the cookies to turn out flat, melted, or pooling — so stick with butter unless otherwise noted in the recipe.

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