Shaping Techniques, Baking Hints
For Quick and Easy Recipes
Most drop cookies are made from quick and easy recipes. They are basically small cakes with a soft and chewy texture.
This type of cookies is made from soft dough that can be easily portioned on baking sheets in one of three ways:
- Spooning – Pick up a portion of dough with a spoon, then push it onto a baking sheet with another spoon or rubber spatula. For uniform baking time, try to pick up the same amount of dough each time.
- Scooping – Use an ice cream scoop with either a spring handle or thumb levers. Overfill the scoop and scrape off excess dough on rim of bowl.
The number of a scoop is equivalent to number of servings in each quart of ice cream. For example, you get 16 servings out of 1 quart of ice cream if using a No. 16 scoop.
No. 70 scoop is equivalent to a teaspoon.
No. 64 scoop is equivalent to a tablespoon.
- Rolling into balls – Many quick and easy recipes calls for rolling dough into balls of specified size. Before baking, they are often flattened slightly with the flat bottom of a drinking glass or, in case of peanut butter cookies, the tins of a fork.
Hints for Baking Drop Cookies
- Allow room for cookies to spread by spacing at least 1-inch apart, especially those having liquid sweeteners as an ingredient or a high ratio of sugar and butter to flour.
- Avoid overmixing to limit aeration. This will keep cookies from over inflating in the oven and then falling flat when the heat is gone.
- Bake one sheet at a time on the middle rack for best result.
If you must bake more than one, divide oven into thirds and double pan on the lower rack. Switch pan about 1/3 of the way during baking, and also rotate pan back to front for even browning.
- Use one of the following quick and easy recipes for drop cookies.
- Almond Chocolate Macaroons (gluten free and low fat)
- Applesauce Cookies
- Banana-Oatmeal Soft Chocolate Chip
- Benne Wafers – Sesame Seed Cookies
- Black and White Cookies
- Carrot Cookies
- Chinese Almond
- Chocolate Banana Cookies with Yogurt Icing
- Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies
- Chocolate Cookies Filled with Peanut Butter
- Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
- Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies
- Christmas Cookies with White Chocolate
- Coconut Butterscotch Cookies
- Cranberry Butter Cookies
- Cream Cheese Cookies
- Date Cookies – Mexican style
- Eggnog Thumbprints
- Flourless Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Fruitcake Cookies
- Hermit Cookies
- Lemon Butter Cookies
- Oatmeal Raisins
- Orangge Cranberry Cookies
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chips (gluten free)
- Peanut Butter Oatmeal
- Peanut Butter Thumbprints
- Pennsylvania Soft Sugar Cookies
- Pina Colada Cookies
- Pistachio Lime or Lemon Drops
- Potato Chip Cookies
- Pudding Cookies
- Raisin-Oatmeal Cookies – Great for breakfast
- Ricotta Cookies – Perfect for any tea party
- Sandwich Cookies
- Spiced Pumpkin Cookies
- Buttery Vanilla Wafers
- Whole Wheat Chocolate Chips or Dried Fruits Cookies
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Images are courtesy of On Baking – A Textbook of Baking and Pastry Fundamentals by Sarah R. Labensky with Eddy van Damme, Priscilla Martel and Klaus Tenbergen. 2005 Pearson Education, Inc.