There are few things I find more frustrating than being in the middle of combining butter and sugar only to realize I do not have any eggs, or vanilla, or parchment paper… I put together a list of what we need for baking cookies to avoid this from happening.
All Purpose Flour
Sugar – usually brown sugar
Fat – usually butter (I use unsalted)
Egg – usually one but sometimes you need more!
Your flavourful extra, like chocolate chips
Two baking sheets
Parchment paper or Silpat Mat
Two bowls, one really large and the other one not-so-large
Whisk (or sieve for mixing dry ingredients)
Time, this will vary depending on the type of cookies you make. If you are using butter, it is best to allow time for the butter to warm up to room temperature. You can take the chance of microwaving it at a low power level but I do not advise doing that straight from the fridge. If you are using shortening or another oil that does not require warming up, you will save time but probably lose when it comes to flavour. Depending on the type of cookie you are making, you may also have to chill the batter up to an hour after it is made.
How much time you will spend preparing the cookies and putting them in the oven depends on how large a batter you are working with. More batter equals more cookie preparation and baking time. I have tried to save time by putting two baking sheets in the oven at the same time to make more cookies at once but it usually is not worth it, they do not bake the same so there is a good chance some will get scorched.
Altogether I usually give myself an hour for preparing the dough and for baking-in-the-oven time. It is usually done in less time than an hour but I hate rushing and would rather the extra time to enjoy the process and have fun. Also, when I rush, bad things happen!
So do you have what it takes to make cookies for our Foodie Cookie Club Challenge? If it has already gotten too warm where you are to turn on your oven, check out these no bake cookie recipes. You will be using different methods that require different tools though but you can still participate!
There is nothing more comforting than homemade cookies baked from scratch!