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Heather is asking: (1 answer)
can you tell me how to stop my cookies from spreding all over. i don't know what i am doing wrong? could you help me? this is just started doing. i have been making cookies for years and this has starting to do this now i hope this has happend to other bakers as i don't want to be the only one thanks Heather

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Last updated: Jan. 23, 2013 9:15 am
Posted: Jan. 23, 2013 7:20 am
Answered by: Marie C.
Jan. 23, 2013 7:39 am
Did you get a new powerful mixer recently? Over mixing the dough after adding the dry ingredients is the most common mistake. Mix the dry ingredients in by hand until just blended. Here is a very good article with other possibilities.
ruby sparkle
Jan. 23, 2013 8:52 am
Marie has a good point- don't over mix. Also, use shortening, stick butter or stick margarine. Tub margarine and butter have more water and will lead to over-spreading. You can try chilling your dough before you bake to stiffen it up, or adding a little extra flour/oats to the mix.
Jan. 23, 2013 9:15 am
In my opinion, sugar tends to flatten. When I make the toll house, I use just the brown sugar and eliminate the white and they don't flatten or spread. Every time. And these cookies i would like to spread, but I really don't want all that sugar. That's what happens when I use less sugar.
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