11 Reasons Your Cookies May Suck
So, to help you out, I created a table that explains all of the possible problems with your cookies with solutions to help you get to the right place. I took lead from Fine Cooking but made my own edits accordingly.
Here’s Why Your Cookies Might Suck & How to Fix Them
|The Problem||Why This Happens||How to Fix it Next Time|
|Cookies are too flat and thin||You have too much butter or too much sugar||
|Cookies are too thick||There is too much flour or not enough sugar||
|Cookies are too puffy||
|Dough doesn’t stick together||Not enough gluten||In this case, you need a different kind of flour. Unbleached all-purpose flour works excellently for cookies. You can also substitute in 5% bread flour. (It might affect the taste though)|
|Texture is too chewy||
|Texture is too brittle and crisp||Too much of just about everything||Reduce the flour by 15%, reduce butter by 10%, or reduce the amount sugar used in the recipe. You can also substitute light brown sugar for half the white sugar.|
|Texture is too soft||Not enough flour||Increase flour by 15%|
|Texture is too dense||Too much flour or not enough baking powder||Reduce flour by 15% or add a pinch more baking powder. NOTE: Check your baking powder expiration date.|
|Color is too light||Not enough sugar||Increase sugar by 10% or add corn syrup|
|Color is too dark||Too much sugar, not enough baking soda||Reduce sugar by 10%|
|Flavorless||Not enough salt, sugar, butter, or spices (including vanilla)||
I’ve also created a Pinterest version so you can pin it now and read through it later if you like or print it out and hang it on your fridge for the next time you bake cookies.
Hope this helps you out a bit! I know it helped me.