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Hi! I really love my cookie recipe, but my cookies are too hard. I can soften them with the bread trick, but I'd like to have then softer without doing that. They are delicious, and beautiful and decorate like a dream, but... could break a tooth!


I have tried reducing the flour, but that did not help. Maybe I am mixing too much. Any suggestions?




Becky (Sweet Rebecca's) 

Rebecca McGeorge

Last edited by Julia M. Usher
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Another thing that can make cookies hard is over-handling them--too much mixing after adding the dry ingredients, too many roll-outs, etc. Once you have creamed the sugar and butter, try stirring in the dry ingredients gently only until the dough has come together. Then wrap, refrigerate a few hours and roll them out-- fitting as many shapes on the first roll as possible. And then do only one more roll out, if necessary.


As the others said, though, some recipes are less forgiving than others...

That seems like the inverse of sugar-to-butter than most cookie recipes I've seen and used. Usually, the basic rule of thumb for cookies is a ratio of 3 flour : 2 butter : 1 sugar by weight (give or take depending upon other ingredients, etc.) Would you consider trying your recipe, except using 1 cup of sugar and 2 sticks (1 cup) of butter with the rest the same? I think you may see a big difference in texture.


[If you notice, your recipe's ratios are somewhat different than the basic 3:2:1--even with the change--because you have an egg and egg yolks in it, which provide extra fat and liquid. That's why you can afford to use more flour than the basic ratio and essentially less butter/fat.]

Last edited by CTCookie

Sorry I'm so late to the party here but I'm just seeing your post. When I first started making cookies I read how everyone was omitting the baking powder so they wouldn't spread. I did that and they tasted too dense to me. I found a recipe that called for powdered sugar instead of regular sugar, but I found that too soft (gee, this is starting to sound like the 3 bears). So, I decided to use my same recipe and for the sugar I used half regular granulated sugar and half powdered sugar and I love it. I do use 1/4 tsp of the baking powder also. I always find it so interesting that people can use the same recipe and get varying results. So many factors.

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