Why Are My Cookies Flat?

Are you one of those bakers that always remembers to soften butter before baking? To space cookies on sheet pans just as the recipe instructs? Or, chills cookie dough for the full requisite 2 hours—or, gasp, overnight? Well, I’m not one of those bakers…

Are you one of those bakers that always remembers to soften butter before baking? To space cookies on sheet pans just as the recipe instructs? Or, chills cookie dough for the full requisite 2 hours—or, gasp, overnight? Well, I'm not one of those bakers.

In an effort to make as many cookies as possible, in as few batches as possible, with a limited number of baking sheets, I confess that I almost never give my cut-outs or balls the room they need. (What? Baking sheet real estate does notcomes cheap!) The result is almost always conjoined cookies, semi-circular once uncoupled (if uncoupled at all). Their misshapen looks a lasting reminder of my lack of patience and spatial awareness.

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