Tip Friday Baking In Batches
To be successful when baking in batches you need to have a plan.
The heat of the kitchen, the temperature of your ingredients and the firmness of your dough all need to be considered.
When you bake cookies in batches it is important to make a plan. You have to know the order you will bake your cookies.
Some doughs do well right from the mixer into the oven. And some require more knowledge.
Any type of cookie you need to shape or roll should be made first.
Some doughs are pretty forgiving until the kitchen gets over heated.
Snickerdoodles, cutouts and ball cookies require a cooler room or they get sticky and unmanageable.
Once the kitchen gets warmer bake refrigerated dough cookies. Keep these doughs in the refrigerator until you are ready to bake.
Some doughs need to be chilled overnight. Chilling cookie dough not only ensures less spreading, but increases flavor as well.
After chilling let your cookie dough sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes before rolling into balls and baking. The dough will still be firm but easier to roll or shape.
Ever wonder why your cookies start to spread as the kitchen gets hotter?
Use parchment paper on your pan instead of using a cooking spray.
The spray will make your cookies greasy and allows them to spread as they bake. The cookies are more likely to burn around the edges.
Save your decorating for the end of your day when all your cookies have been baked and cooled.
After you’ve removed a cookie sheet from the oven and transferred the baked cookies to a cooling rack, be sure the pan has cooled to room temperature before putting more cookie dough on it.
Putting dough on hot pans will cause it to spread or lose its shape before it gets into the oven, increasing the risk of burned edges and flat cookies.
If you want to continue scooping or shaping while your first pan of cookies is baking, go right ahead.
Deposit the rest of the batter on sheets of parchment, then lift the parchment onto the cooled sheets when they’re ready.
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