Baking fails can be disheartening at times; after all, you did everything you could to stick to the recipe, made what seemed like your best cookie dough till date, only to see that it came out charred at the bottom. There are a couple of reasons why your baked goods do not turn out the way you intend them to be. It could be the ingredients. It is very important to measure your ingredients; over-use of baking powder will not help give any 'extra' lift to your cookie, similarly not using enough flour could also lead to some massive fails. Other reasons for baking disasters include inadequate equipment, oven etc. There is only so much you can do to salvage your cookie dough once it is put inside the oven, but there are ways in which you can do some amount of fixing once they are baked.
Yes, you heard us! We have a super simple hack to save your mildly burnt cookies. All you need is grater and the cookie. Take the burnt edges and the side of the cookie, gently grate the burnt part until the black bits aren't visible. It is a good idea to use a small hand grater as it is easy to handle. You can also use a knife, slide the serrated knife back and forth along the burnt area very gently until you have scratched off the burnt portion.
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Wasn't that incredibly easy! Now, you don't have to toss out your cookies, nor be shattered by the results. Make sure you carry out the task with the utmost care, or else you may end up hurting yourself in the end.
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If you are new to baking cookies there are some golden rules you may want to keep in mind. Mix the dry ingredients first, avoid overmixing as you let too much air to pass, which could later ruin the cookie. Refrigerate the cookie batter for a while. Frozen cookie dough ensures evenly-sized cookies. For a moist and chewy cookie use brown sugar or honey as sweetener, and do not forget to melt your butter beforehand.
Go ahead, bake the best batch of cookies, and even if they do not turn out the way you liked- you know exactly what to do now!