The Science Behind the Perfect Cutout Cookie

“The perfect cutout cookie is a light golden brown with sharp edges. It should retain its shape and not spread beyond recognition. The icing on top should cover the surface without flowing over and should have a glossy sheen. Not only should the cookie look good, but it also has to taste good. In this article I will share tips on how to get the perfect cutout cookie using science.

Unlike a drop cookie, cutout cookies are meant to look like a certain shape. Small features such as snowflake crystals and reindeer hooves need to stand out. The ability for a cookie to retain its shape comes from its ingredients and environment.

The main factor to consider when making no-spread cookies is the dough viscosity. Viscosity is the measure of how thick or thin something is. During baking, components in the dough melt and cause the cookie to spread. At the same time, other components are thickening and increasing dough viscosity.”

  1. Use a medium-protein flour like all-purpose.
  2. Use granulated sugar.
  3. Use at least some shortening.
  4. Chill the cookie dough.
  5. Bake at a slightly hotter oven temperature.
  6. Roll the dough a little thinner.

To sum it up, there are many factors that impact cookie spread and the perfect cutout cookie. Using all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, and at least some shortening can help the cookie retain its shape. Without changing the recipe, you can also refrigerate or freeze the cookies for around 1 hour before baking and use a slighter higher oven temperature around 375°F.”

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Published by RenSun Lee

Kia ora! Sustainability is at the core of my soul ever since I was a kid. I always strive to finish the food on my plate and live as a minimalist. I love to cut down on waste in order to live sustainably and harmoniously with our planet. This brings me to my passion as a Food Scientist to integrate new technologies into innovative and creative solutions to meet customer demands and market trends and to optimize products and processes for quality, savings and sustainability. To these goals, I have published a Journal on my work on sustainable packaging and patented a new Antimicrobial wash. Nothing is more satisfying than working hard and smart at the workplace and playing hard outside of working hours. I enjoy rejuvenating myself through spending quality time with my two adorable kids and my awesome soul mate and getting close to nature when possible, be it gardening, tramping or going to the beach. I also love to learn about our magnificent universe and how sustainability is working in the grand scheme of things. I strongly believe that Work, Life & Balance is the key to a healthy state of mind, both physically and mentally. I look forward to making a positive difference wherever and whenever I can. Through this Blog, I hope to catalog recent Food Trends and Food Technologies that I come across so that anyone who is interested can have access to it (articles and resources). Please use these resources at your discretion. On top of that, I would also like to share related news and technologies of the future that would help mankind advance towards a Type 1 Civilization. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to share and contribute to the “Resources“. I would like to thank you in advance for dropping by. I sincerely hope that you can benefit from the recent Food Trends and Food Technologies I catalogued. Kind regards | Ngā mihi RenSun Lee

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