How do you make soft cookies?

@bjskid (322)
United States
March 1, 2007 1:39pm CST
I've done it from the mix, cookie dough, recipes from oat meal! and the results are always the same! there hard as a rock, i've given up!!! i left in a jar one time and they were softer but they were in there for a while! now i just make brownies! but i'd like to make some this month!! other people make fresh cookies and there soft can anyone help me!
2 responses
@prestocaro (1254)
• United States
8 Mar 07
i love crispy cookies, but my BF likes them softer, so i've figured a few things out. First of all, if you'd like them soft, pull them out of the oven when they still have a little jiggle in the middle. give the sheet pan a little shake and see if the cookies are still soft enough in the middle to do a slight ripple. if they are, pull them out and then let them sit on the pan for two minutes, then remove to a rack and cool. once they are cool immediately remove them to a sealable container lined with paper towels -- i have a big tin that i use, but you could use tupperware or even a big freezer bag. I do this for his cookies and they are soft like he likes, but for mine i leave them in until there is no jiggle and then pull them out. there is also a "good eats" episode about cookies -- just do a search on foodtv.com for chocolate chip cookies and pick the recipe by alton brown. he goes into the science of cookies a little more, like how someone had previously mentioned shortening instead of butter. good luck! i hope you get your cookies just right next time!
@cassidy22 (2975)
• United States
1 Mar 07
Have you tried shortening the time they are in the oven Maybe you are overcooking them and they are drying out. If the DOUGH is not moist before you cook them, then you have too much flour or oats in your recipe. Especially oatmeal cookies, try reducing the amount of oats in the recipe, and then try taking them out of the oven EARLIER.