Generally, cookies are baked in a moderate oven — 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) — for 8 to 12 minutes, depending on the size of the cookie. For chewy cookies, allow them to cool on the baking sheet for 3 to 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
How Long to Bake Cookie Dough
|Type of Cookie||Type of Baking Pan||Baking Times|
|Drop cookies||baking sheet||8 – 10 minutes|
|Bar Cookies||13 x 9 x 2-inch pan||25 – 30 minutes|
|Bar Cookies||15 x 10 x 1-inch pan||20 – 25 minutes|
|Tart Shell or Cheesecake Crust||9-inch tart or springform pan||20 – 25 minutes|
Bake at 375 degrees F until golden and tender, 12 to 15 minutes. For crispy-cakey cookies: Bake the cookies at 425 degrees F until golden and crunchy on the outside, 8 to 10 minutes. For chewy cookies: Use 1 cup light brown sugar and 1/4 cup corn syrup and omit the granulated sugar.
Chilling cookie dough before baking solidifies the fat in the cookies. As the cookies bake, the fat in the chilled cookie dough takes longer to melt than room-temperature fat. And the longer the fat remains solid, the less cookies spread.
350° is the standard temp for a cookie, and it’s a great one. … Baking at 325° also results in an evenly baked cookie, but the slower cooking will help yield a chewier cookie. The outsides will be a little softer, too. If you love slightly underdone cookies, 375° is for you.
Position oven racks in the top and bottom thirds of the oven, and preheat to 300 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment. Whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. … Bake until the cookies are golden, flat and crunchy, 24 to 28 minutes, rotating the baking sheets halfway through.
If you absolutely need to bake more than one batch at a time for an event, holiday baking, etc– rotate the baking sheets from the top rack to bottom rack once halfway through the baking process. Ovens have hot spots! When it comes to baking cookies, it pays off to be a perfectionist!
You have several options:
- The simplest solution: add flour (and a bit of sugar).
- The true-to-the-recipe solution: double the rest of the ingredients.
- The “I am out of flour and sugar” solution: spread the mix out in the oven (at a low temperature) and dry it, mixing it up regularly to even out the temperature.
Too Much Flour
It doesn’t take much — in this case, my mom and I added just 3/4 cup extra flour to the dough. The cookies tasted good but were dry and definitely crumbly. To make the cookies more tender, Betty Crocker suggests adding 2 to 4 tablespoons of softened butter, or 1/4 cup of sugar, to the batter.
Better to be on the safe side and remove them when they’re slightly underdone than burn them. You can always return cookies to the oven if they need a few more minutes. You can even rebake cookies long after they’re cool to restore crispness or freshness.