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Mix it and Measure it Right

Someone put dry ingredients in this liquid measuring cup. Not good.

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"If you're angry, your cookies aren't going to taste good," Amos told HowStuffWorks.com. Why? Because if you stir your cookie dough with the spirit and vigor of a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown, your dough will liquefy, and what you want for your dough is body. So don't mix your batter too hard for too long; just blend it until it's smooth and creamy. Add any chocolate chips to the batter last and don't stir them too long, either -- you don't want them to turn your batter brown [source: Amos]

Measure your ingredients with care. If you're new to the kitchen, you might not realize that there are two types of measuring devices -- liquid measuring cups and dry measuring cups. A liquid measuring cup is usually glass or plastic with a handle and a spout. A dry measuring cup is usually metal or plastic with straight edges [source: America's Test Kitchen]. This is important: If you use the wrong type of measuring cup for your ingredients, your measurements will be inaccurate. For example, if you measure your flour in a liquid measuring cup, you're likely to add a whole extra tablespoon to your batter, which, believe it or not, can derail your entire baking project [source: Better Homes and Gardens].

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