COOKING

My cookies were not perfect, what might have went wrong?

Here are a few mistakes to avoid, in order to get the best cookies.

In Summary

• Here are a few mistakes to avoid in order to get the best cookies for your family and friends this festive season.

Ginger nuts
Ginger nuts
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Below is a few reasons why your cookies did not turn well during and after baking.

Here are a few mistakes to avoid in order to get the best cookies for your family and friends this festive season.

Biscuits generally feel soft in the oven and become firmer when cold.

To test if a biscuit is cooked, push it gently with your finger; if it can move on the oven tray without breaking; it is cooked.

Burnt cookies
Burnt cookies
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Too hard

The ingredients used may have been measured incorrectly.

Biscuits have been baked for too long or at a high temperature.

Spread on the tray.

The mixture is too soft due to overbeating.

Ingredients were measured incorrectly.

Wrong flour may have been used (self-rising flour instead of plain)

The oven was not hot enough to set the mixture quickly.

Too soft

The ingredients used may have been measured incorrectly.

Biscuits have not been baked enough or have been softened by steam when stacked on top of each other

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Too brown underneath

Trays have been over greased, causing the oven heat to be attracted to the biscuits base.

Using a pastry brush helps grease the trays lightly and evenly.

Incorrect oven position and temperature can also cause over-browning; so is the over-generous measuring of ingredients like sugar, honey, or golden syrup.