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Troubleshooting for My Perfect Cookie
Cookie dough does not push out as a log shape.
The dough is too sticky. It is best to use shortbread or sugar cookie recipes or recipes we have developed and tested. More recipes are being developed and will be posted. Subscribe or check regularly for updates.
Cookie dough does not push through shaper tube.
Dough must be at room temperature when being filled in the shaper tube and when pushed out into the storage tube. The dough may have been packed too tight into shaper tube. Make sure to have clean hands and wipe the shaper tube free from butter to get a good grip.
Cookie dough log does not release from the storage tube after refrigeration.
Tap the side of the storage tube against the edge of the table or counter. If that does not release the log, wait 15 minutes at room temperature and try again. Failing that, use a knife to loosen the log. Dough may be too sticky.
My Cookie Crumbs...
I like 1 or 2-stick butter recipes. Having odd quantities of butter left over from a recipe is a pet peeve. 2-stick is the standard in the My Perfect Cookie recipes. 2-sticks is 8 oz or 225 grams. You may purchase your butter in the 2 or 4 stick packs. Or, you may buy a large block and cut it into half for 8 oz or 225 grams.
Domestic butter is what I have been using. Sometimes, I use imported butter - French, Irish, Finish, New Zealand. They have a higher fat content which makes the most amazing tasting cookies, especially sablés. Be careful, imported butter sticks are not equivalent in volume to domestic.
Silpat vs Parchment
I love using silpat liners as they are reusable and so easy to wash. Baking time needs to be increased by about 2 minutes for most recipes using silpat. With parchment, the baking time is shorter.
I use measuring cups and spoons for all my recipes. I know using a digital sale is the preferred method now. I may provide these measurements in the future.
I measure my flour by scooping the flour and sugars directly with my measuring cup and levelling with a knife. I do not fill my measuring cup by spoonful, which gives a looser volume. There is a volume difference. I do not sift my dry ingredients either. It would be a nice step.