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How to Make Cookies


How to Make Drop Cookies
Drop cookies are probably the easiest of all cookies to make. Spoonfuls of dough are simply dropped onto a cookie sheet and baked.
  1. Drop teaspoonfuls of dough 2 inches apart (for smaller cookies) or tablespoonfuls 3 inches apart (for larger cookies) onto prepared cookie sheets. Use a second spoon to release the drops onto the cookie sheet.

    For smaller cookies, space the dough about 2 inches apart, for larger cookies, 3 inches.
    For smaller cookies, space the dough about 2 inches apart;
    for larger cookies, 3 inches.


  2. If called for in recipe, slightly flatten mounds of dough by pressing gently with the back of a spoon.

    Lightly flatten the dough with the back of a spoon.
    Lightly flatten the dough with the back of a spoon.

  3. Bake and cool as directed.

    Let the cookies cool before removing them.
    Let the cookies cool before removing them.

Helpful Hints

These tips will help with a variety of drop cookie recipes.

  • Space the mounds of dough on cookie sheets as recipe directs -- usually 2 inches apart -- to allow for spreading.

  • Cookies that are uniform in size and shape will finish baking at the same time. To easily shape drop cookies into a uniform size, use an ice cream scoop with a release bar. The bar usually has a number on it indicating the number of scoops that can be made from one quart of ice cream. The handiest size for cookies is a #80 or #90 scoop. This will yield about one rounded teaspoonful of dough for each cookie. Fill scoop with dough and press against side of bowl to level.

    An ice cream scoop can help you make even, uniform cookies.
    An ice cream scoop can help you make even, uniform cookies.

  • Some drop cookie recipes instruct you to roll the dough into balls with your hands and then flatten them on the cookie sheet. Dust your hands with flour or powdered sugar before forming the dough into balls. If the cookie dough is chocolate, use cocoa for dusting.

    Dust your hands lightly with flour before you roll them into balls.
    Dust your hands lightly with flour before you roll them into balls.

  • After rolling dough into balls, you can flatten them on the cookie sheet in several ways. To create a pretty patterned top, dip a table fork into granulated sugar; press criss-cross fashion onto each ball, flattening to 1/2-inch thickness.

    A fork can help you make a criss-cross pattern on your cookies.
    A fork can help you make a criss-cross pattern on your cookies.

Refrigerator cookies are another delectable treat. Find out how to make them on the next page.

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  • Decorating Cookies: While tasting cookies is surely the most fun, decorating cookies might be a close second. Find tips to help you decorate in this article.
  • Baking Cookies: Baking cookies is a delicate business, so you'd be wise to take a look at the many tips outlined in this helpful article.
  • Cooking: Learn the ins and outs of some basic cooking techniques in this helpful article.

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