Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Tasty Tuesday and the pursuit of the perfect cookie

I found this chart on Pinterest and it explains the various problems of each of the cookies pictured below.
The credit for this chart goes to The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie website.  I hope it helps you as much as it has helped me!  Be sure to check out their website for more helpful hints and recipes.


There are many variables in baking. Pictured are cookies with various problems using the same dough (with flour adjustments in numbers 3 &4).
1. This cookie is done just right. It is pictured to compare with the rest.
2. This dough was not refrigerated. It is still good but a little flatter than it should be.
3. This dough contained too much flour and did not spread much at all. It is interesting to note that the dough looked identical to the correct dough, but was much stiffer and drier.
4. This dough had too little flour. It spread too much and didn’t bake evenly.
5. This dough was over-mixed. It had a poor color, baked flat and had a strange consistency.
6. This dough was formed too small. It was overcooked at eight minutes. It is fine to make smaller cookies, just bake them for less time.
7. This dough was formed too large. The outsides were done while the middle was too high and underdone.
8. This dough was baked in an oven 25 degrees too hot. The outside was overdone and the inside was slightly underdone.
9. This dough was baked in an oven 25 degrees too cool. It fell flat and became too crisp without much of an inside.
10. This dough was frozen when baked. It took longer to bake and didn’t cook as evenly. To use frozen dough, set on cookie sheet at room temperature while oven is preheating, 15-20 minutes. It takes the frost off and bakes perfectly.


  1. Oh wow!! Who would have known?! That's such a great chart!!

  2. Anonymous6:22 AM

    Very Interesting! I am so bad at making cookies, there are never right but I won't give up, one day they will all look like the first one......right now it looks more like the 3 or 9!
    Have a lovely day Alida!

  3. Now if I could only get my oven to only cook at the temperature it supposed to, I might get the perfect cookie! I've kinda gotten used to the "well done" variety!

    Many moons ago, to many actually admit {throat clear} my daughter and I won cookie contest with the girl scouts....those were the days :)

  4. I'm thinkin' I would just eat them all....even if they don't look that great! I'm not one for wasting:D