Do you have a sweet tooth and enjoy different kinds of sweet delicacies? If you answered yes, then you need to know the secret to making perfect cookies.
What’s the secret to perfect cookies?
The secret hack to making the best cookies you’ve ever tasted is to chill the cookie dough before baking. Chilling is a step that usually gets skipped because you want to eat the cookies as quick as you can (we’re totally there with you), but it’s a very important step.
By chilling cookie dough it improves the texture and flavor of cookie dough, but don’t just take our word for it. Read the science behind it all below.
The science behind chilling cookie dough
1. It helps control how the dough spreads.
Fats, such as butter, play a vital role in baking, as they contribute to both the flavor and texture. When you chill your cookie dough, the fat in the dough solidifies. Once you put the dough in the oven, it takes longer for the fat to melt. This delayed melting results in less cookie spread, leading to a thicker, chunkier cookie instead of a flat, crispy one. Also, this solidification process makes the fat distribute more evenly, ensuring every bite of cookie is packed with luscious flavor.
2. Helps concentrate the flavor of the cookie dough.
By chilling the dough, some of the sugars break down into smaller, simpler forms, which leads to deeper, more complex flavors in your finished cookies.
3. Improves the texture of the cookie dough.
Cookies baked from chilled cookie dough are crispier on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside which makes them more appealing and tasty.
4. Improves the color of the cookies.
Chilling the dough enhances the caramelization process, creating a perfectly golden-brown cookie, along with a slightly crisp, sweet exterior that’s the perfect counterbalance to the soft interior.
How long should you chill cookie dough?
The more time you are keeping the chilled dough the more the flavor, color, and texture of cookies improve. Chilling cookie dough for 30 minutes or more minutes has also shown better results. You can try this for yourself and check out the results!
So the next time you’re in the middle of a cookie baking spree, don’t skip the chilling step! Not only does it make your dough easier to handle, but it also enhances the flavor and texture of your cookies, creating a perfect treat that’s well worth the wait.
And remember, good things come to those who wait—especially in the kitchen. So, stay patient, chill your cookie dough, and enjoy the beautiful science behind the perfect cookie! Happy baking, my culinary friends!