Make the best Christmas cookies ever by following the
se helpful baking tips:
- Be sure to preheat the oven (about 10 to 15 minuets) and check the temperature with an oven thermometer.
- Adjust your oven racks according to the recipe. If the recipe does not state a rack position, place the racks closest to the center of the oven. If you need to replace your oven racks, check out the APWAgner.com website which carries a variety of oven racks that will be sure to fit your oven.
- Do not keep opening the oven door, use the oven’s window to check on the cookies or check at the minimum baking time specified in the recipe.
- Place only one sheet of cookies in the center of the oven at any one time. If this is not practical, be sure to rotate cookie sheets halfway through the baking time (lower/upper racks, front to back, left to right.)
- Use shortening, or a non-stick cooking oil to grease the cookie sheets as butter causes the cookies to brown too fast. Instead of oil, use parchment paper or a baking mat under your cookies which will make clean up even easier.
- Remove your cookies once the edges have started to turn golden brown. Cookies will continue to cook after being removed from the oven.
- Make sure your oven is working properly, if your gas oven doesn’t bake, it’s possible the bake ignitor has gotten weak or it’s just burned out. Read more about gas oven bake ignitors or buy a replacement gas oven bake ignitor part for your gas oven. If your electric oven does not bake at all, your heating element could be burned out.
- To get your cookies to bake evenly, make sure that your oven and racks are level. Bake cookies that are similar sizes together and make sure you leave enough space between cookies on the cookie sheet.
- If your cookies are burning on bottom, it could be that the cookie sheet is too dark or stained. Darker cookware cooks food faster.
- If you gas oven is burning the bottoms of your cookies it could be that your gas oven’s burner flame is too soft. Try to increase the amount of air that the flame is receiving. If your gas oven is burning your cookies on top, your burner flame is too hard. You can try to decrease the amount of air that the flame is receiving.
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Cookie and other baking tip links:
- HomemadeCookiesAndMore.com Baking Tips
- Crisco.com Cookie Tips
- RealSimple.com Oven Rack Positions Explained