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1.9: Cookies

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    One of the most varied items in the pastry world is the cookie. They are made into various shapes, sizes and textures. From chewy to soft batch, crunch to bite size bits. Depending on where you are in the world the name cookie will not mean anything. Only in North American do we consider a cookie a cookie!

    As with cakes, the word cookie translates in “little cake” there are different methods used to make them. The most popular is the creaming method.

    Creaming Method

    1. Accurately scale ingredients at room temp
    2. Sugar and fat are added to bowl with paddle attachment on low speed.
    3. Scrape down bowl before each addition of ingredients
    4. Cream fat and sugar. Amount of air will affect cookie texture.
    5. Add liquid and eggs.
    6. Sift dry ingredients and add. Mix until just combined. Over mixing will cause gluten formation.

    Different types of cookies

    1. Pipped – this dough is soft enough to be put into a piping bag fitted with a tip and piped out. The dough will hold its shape once piped.
    2. Dropped – using a scoop or spoon this dough onto a prepared cookie sheet. These can usually have additions such as chocolate chips, nuts, and candies added.
    3. Rolled – the dough is pinned out with a rolling pin onto a lightly floured surface. Cookie cutters are used to stamp them out.
    4. Molded – the dough is molded either by hand or with a stamp into the desired shape.
    5. Icebox - this dough is a bit stiffer. The dough is rolled into a log and then refrigerated. When ready to bake it is cut into equal sizes and placed on the prepared cookie sheet.
    6. Bar - the dough is pined into a sheet pan, baked and cut into the desired shape. Another method is to make the dough into a log and bake.

    This page titled 1.9: Cookies is shared under a CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Tammy Rink & William R. Thibodeaux via source content that was edited to the style and standards of the LibreTexts platform; a detailed edit history is available upon request.