It’s Tip Friday on Marilyn’s Treats. And todays tip is Tip Friday Cooling Cookies.
Use a spatula to transfer cookies to a cooling rack. When baking drop cookies, especially if you like chewy ones, leave the cookies on the baking sheet for 5 minutes after you take the pan out of the oven. This gives the cookies a chance to firm up a bit before you slide a spatula underneath them. After 5 minutes, transfer the cookies to a cooling rack to finish cooling. We prefer a cooling rack that has a grid pattern with half-inch holes, to give fragile cookies better support while they’re cooling.
Bar cookies should cool in their baking pans on a rack. Don’t cut them while they’re warm; you’ll make bars with very ragged edges, and they’re much more likely to fall apart when you’re taking them out of the pan.
Batter cookies that need to be shaped after baking should be transferred while still warm to whatever shaping device you’re using: a dowel, custard cup, cone, etc. Some cookies may be shaped while warm by simply rolling them into a tube shape around the handle of a wooden spoon.
Whatever type of cookies you’re making, be sure they’re entirely cool before you wrap them up to store. Wrapping a still-warm cookie will cause it to steam inside its container, which could yield soggy, stuck-together results.
This article is part of the Tips That Help in the Kitchen Series, Tip Friday.