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It can be frustrating to watch your lovely cookies bake up flat rather than lightly puffy. This is a guide about, "Why are my cookies flat?".


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May 23, 20130 found this helpful

This is a guide about chocolate chip cookies come out flat. It is frustrating and upsetting to bake up a batch of cookies only to have them all turn out flat.

Flat Chocolate Chip Cookies

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January 30, 2010

Why did my cookies come out flat?

By Vina from Berryton, KS

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January 31, 20100 found this helpful
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There can be several reasons. Maybe ingredients were old, maybe you forgot something, maybe they should had been cold going into the oven and the were too warm, and maybe the cookie sheet was too warm. I use 2 sheets and rotate them for this reason.

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February 2, 20100 found this helpful
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Sometimes it is your shortening. Use solid shortening like butter. If you use oiley margarine you get flat cookies.

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January 30, 20100 found this helpful

What would make my cookies flatten out after I take them out of the oven? I have checked my baking soda and my baking powder to be sure they are fresh.

By Darlene from OH


Why Are My Cookies Flat?

This came up not too long ago. Check it out: (12/26/2009)

By mrs.story

Why Are My Cookies Flat?

That happened to me too when I substituted butter instead of shortening (which the recipe called for.) When I followed the recipe exactly, it puffed up right. Good luck. (12/29/2009)

By PainterLee

Why Are My Cookies Flat?

From the Food Network: Cookies come out flat if the dough is not cold enough and/or the fat in the cookie was too soft.


Did your butter soften or melt? Was your dough chilled? Try chilling your dough every time. I hope this helps. (12/29/2009)

By Carly34

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