Guide that shows where you're going wrong with your cookies

What mistakes are you making with your baking? Cookie graphic shows EXACTLY what you’re doing wrong – and it’s surprisingly simple

  • A simple guide illustrates how you should and shouldn’t bake cookies at home
  • The guide shows you when you’ve added too much flour and not enough of it 
  • The resulting cookies are misshapen, flat or crunchy and over-done
  • Experts also shared their tips for baking the perfect cookie in isolation
  • A dietitian shared how you can make some at home using three ingredients 
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

A simple guide that shows you where you’re going wrong with your baking has taken the internet by storm, as men and women continue to turn to baking while stuck in coronavirus isolation.

The guide was first shared on Reddit and aims to show all of the ways you can mess up a cookie.

The ways include adding too much flour, not enough flour, over-beating your eggs, over-baking and not melting your butter beforehand.

All of these approaches result in a cookie that is too large and flat, misshapen, too crunchy and over-done or just a bit of a gooey mess. 

A simple guide that shows you which ingredients you have added too much of in your baking has taken the internet by storm (pictured)

The graphic also shows what the perfect cookie looks like by comparison.

While thousands online were impressed with the guide, others said they disagreed with what the perfect cookie looks like.

‘The “not enough flour” cookie looks the most perfect to me. Fresh out of the oven,  that’s the one I’m grabbing first,’ one commenter said.

‘Chef here… completely agree. The not enough flour, maybe with one more minute of baking time for more colour is way better looking,’ another added. 

Others highlighted that they would rather eat the over-baked cookie than the so-called ‘perfect’ biscuit.

‘The over-baked looks best. Crunchier,’ one commenter wrote.

‘A dozen over-baked if you please,’ another added. 

Experts explained that if your cookies aren’t baking evenly, it could be because you’re putting too much trust in your oven and not rotating your cookie pan enough (stock image)

In the past, others have shared all of the things you could be getting wrong when you make cookies at home.

Experts at AllRecipes explained that if your cookies aren’t baking evenly, it could be because you’re putting too much trust in your oven.

‘Ovens have hot spots and cold spots, causing some cookies on your pan to be under-cooked while other are nearly burnt,’ their bakers said.

To remedy this, you should simply rotate your pans midway through the cooking process so they are exposed evenly to the different temperatures in your oven. 

You should always use eggs at room temperature rather than straight from the fridge, and make sure you don’t crowd out the cookie pan to avoid the ‘dreaded cookie blob’ (pictured: dietitian Leanne Ward’s three-ingredient cookies) 

Similarly, you should always use eggs at room temperature rather than straight from the fridge, and make sure you don’t crowd out the cookie pan to avoid the ‘dreaded cookie blob’.

‘When your cookies are finished baking and you’re pleased with the results, don’t let your hard work go to waste by immediately removing them from the pan,’ AllRecipes said.

Instead, you need to let them set for a few minutes on the baking sheet to prevent them from falling apart when you transfer them to the cooling rack.  

Brisbane-based health expert Leanne Ward (pictured) shared her delicious recipe for three-ingredient cookies and you’ll only need 25 minutes

How to make Leanne’s chocolate chip cookies

INGREDIENTS

 1 medium banana (100g)

½ cup rolled oats

40g dark chocolate chips 

METHOD 

1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C and line a baking tray with baking paper.

2. Mash the banana in a bowl. Add the oats and stir well.

3. Add the chocolate chips and stir.

4. Spoon the mixture onto the lined baking tray and make 8 cookies.

5. Press them down with the back of a spoon to flatten them.

6. Bake cookies until brown on top, roughly 10-15 minutes.

7. Store leftovers in the fridge in an air tight container for 3-5 days.

Recently, Brisbane-based dietitian Leanne Ward shared her recipe for the ‘easiest and tastiest’ three-ingredient cookies you can make. 

All that is needed for the cookies is a medium banana, 1/2 cup of rolled oats and 40 grams of dark chocolate chips.

The simple recipe will also only take you between 20 and 25 minutes of your time. 

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