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How to fix a cookie dough

by Faraz Yasin 22 Sep 2022
How to fix a cookie dough

Chocolate chip cookies make your weekend amazing with delicious scents all around the kitchen, and smell like heavenly baked goodies.

 Enjoy these perfect homemade cookies with fresh butter, icing sugar, brown sugar, pure vanilla extract, eggs, flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Here are my perfect go-to ideas and tips about how to fix a cookie dough. 

Possible cookie dough mishaps 

The texture of your cookie dough depends on the entire recipe you are following. So must have a look that your cookie dough isn't:


If you feel that your cookie dough is dry there can be many reasons behind it. 

While making classic chocolate chip cookies, adding too much cocoa powder can ruin it. 

Another reason can be Incorrect measurements of ingredients that can cause dryness in your cookie dough. 

The third possibility is that you are over-mixing the batter of cookie dough.  


The main reason for toughness in your dough is rolling it with the excess flour and coating with flour produces gluten in the cookie dough which leads to the toughness. 


Basic reason for the softness in your cookie dough is that you are adding less flour and too much wet ingredients. 

Second reason can be climate temperature.

Spread cookies too much 

There are some reasons behind spreading too much of your cookie is that your oven is too hot and your cookie dough is too warm. Second cause is that if your cookie dough requires too many nuts and chips and you skip that part then your cookies will definitely spread too much. 


Hacks to fix your cookie dough

  • If there is not enough liquid in your cookie dough You can fix it by adding 2-3 tablespoons of water or milk. It's up to you whatever the consistency you require. 

  •  Do not add too much butter because your cookie dough will become greasy and too soft.  

  • Try to use less amount of flour while rolling the cookie dough. Which makes your cookies very lightweight. 

  •  If you feel that your cookie dough is crumbly after mixing it, you can mix it with your hands rather than a stand mixer or electric mixer.  

  •  In case you overmix the dough and the dough becomes hard the only thing you can do is let it rest for 15-20 minutes. 

  • Wrap your cookie dough tightly with cling film before placing it in the refrigerator. 

  • The best way to have delicious cookies must refrigerate your cookie dough for about 24 hours or if you are in a hurry you can freeze your cookie dough for 4-6 hours for the best results.

  • Even better is chilling the dough for a couple of days; this makes the flavors more intense. Be sure to salt your dough and double the vanilla in any recipe!

  • There is no need to thaw cookies before baking. You can just bake it without thawing. 

  • A silicone mat is an important baking tool as it helps in making perfect round-shaped cookies. What a silicone mat does is keeps the cookies safe from burning. 

  • If you feel that your cookies spread too much then you can add a little amount of flour into your cookie dough  and if there is specifically mentioned in the recipe to add nuts and chips then make sure that you follow the exact quantity.    


Additional tips

  • All of the ingredients should be measured properly.

  • Make sure all of  the ingredients you are using in the cookie dough at room temperature. 

  • Use  pure vanilla extract because it gives a pleasant smell to your cookies. 

  • Scrape the sides and bottom once or twice until well combined. Do not overmix.
  • Add dry ingredients gradually, do not add all in one.
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