Whether it’s making cookies for a family gathering or just baking a tasty cake for the kids, spending time in the kitchen and trying new recipes can be both relaxing and fun at the same time. There is no shortage of recipes to try too.
You can also improve your baking prowess by picking up new tricks and learning how to master the baking secrets. We have just the tips and tricks to help you bake like a pro right here in this article.
Soft and Smooth Cookie Dough
There are a lot of details to pay close attention to when baking your own cookies. You need to make sure that the dough is smooth enough from the start. Adding just the right amount of butter and creaming it at room temperature are what you need to do to get that creamy, milky consistency for the cookies.
There is another secret to keeping the cookie smooth and soft: volume. Instead of rolling all of the cookie dough at the same time, work with smaller portions and bake in stages. Not only will you be able to roll the cookie dough to a thinner layer, you can also set aside a portion of the dough you made for later use by refrigerating it.
Speaking of refrigerating cookie dough, did you know that chilled dough is easier to work with?
Working the Oven
The oven is your best friend when it comes to baking. Knowing how to work the oven will help you get much better results regardless of what you are trying to make. For starters, you should always try to use the middle oven rack to get even browning and a good bake.
Make sure you don’t add too many things to the oven. While it may seem like a good idea to bake all the cookies at once, trying to fit all of them into the oven – let alone the middle rack – is not always possible. If you do need to bake a lot of cookies at once, rotate several sheets between the top and bottom rack of the oven to get even browning.
For maximum results, however, it is still best to bake one sheet of cookies using the middle rack. Use the right oven temperature and avoid rushing things for an even finish.
While a lot of home chefs still believe that mixing the batter a little bit longer is a good idea, overmixing is actually something you want to try to avoid whenever possible. When creaming butter and sugar, for instance, you should always use the paddle attachment of your electric mixer and use the lowest speed possible for no more than 3 to 5 minutes.
Overmixing will cause the creamy and soft texture of the batter to disappear completely, which is not something you want when you’re baking a cake or cookies. This tip, along with the previous ones we talked about in this article, will help you make better doughs and batter as well as delicious baked goods at home.