One of the coolest parts of the holidays is baking cookies. And cut-out cookies are practically required to make the season official. We’ve all seen the ones in social media particularly on Youtube, Pinterest, Instagram, and other social media that are works of art, but how do you get your own cookies to turn out perfectly with just a little stress?
Master a few techniques and learn some quick tips to turn out perfectly crispy, chewy, sweet, artistic cookies.
Follow these tips.
Stop the Sticking
Rolling out your cut out cookies can result in a sticky mess. So, you want to place it on wax or parchment paper before you roll it. And try rolling the dough between two sheets of floured parchment to avoid making a mess.
Roll it Proportionately
Start rolling the dough from the center to the edges so that it will roll out proportionally. And make it sure to flip the whole thing, paper and all, over a few times so the dough rolls out evenly.
Let the dough rest
Chilling the dough for at least an hour before you roll it will make it less sticky and easier to manage. This will help the dough firm up, but in a fraction of the time, it usually takes a block of dough to chill. Have a rest for awhile before you can start cutting out cookies in the time it takes to preheat the oven!
Finally, it's time for the fun part: cutting out cookies! Never put cookies on warm baking sheets, since the fat in the dough will melt and your cut-outs will start to spread.
You can either leave the cookie dough on the wax or parchment or do it the other way I prefer, by dusting a work surface with flour and then taking the cookie-dough sheet out of the paper and placing it on the flour before cutting.
And there's a bonus, too: Your chilled cookie dough will hold its shape better in the oven.
Most ovens do not bake completely evenly, so if you’re baking several sheets, rotate them by shelf and also rotate the positioning of the baking sheet in the oven halfway through.
Give It a Rest
After you take your cookies out of the oven, let them rest on the baking sheets for a few minutes to firm up. If you try to move them while they are hot they are likely to tear and bend. Once they’re no longer hot, move them to a wire cooling rack for best results.
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