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embarrassing question- failure with cookies! why?

adamandeve | Jan 9, 2010 02:29 PM

I am a decent enough cook to make lobster risotto with home made stock for lunch, but I never ever bake. Now that my toddler daughter is into cooking, I decided to make cookies for the first time. I went pretty basic- Nestle"s recipe for chocolate chip cookies. I cut the recipe in half as it produces 60 cookies, which i thought was too much. Besides that, I followed to a t (didn't add nuts).
The result is a disaster: the cookies never 'flatened', they took much longer than the 9-11 minutes to cook (more like 15), they are not crunchy, the inside is crumbly and sandy. what the hell? i thought 6 year olds succesfully do this!
So now my family's respect is on the line and I need to try again. any ideas of what is going on? The one thing I noticed was that the dough was a bittoo crumbly, not 'wet' enough
Any suggestions would be most appreciated by this hurt ego!

Ingredients
•2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
•1 teaspoon baking soda
•1 teaspoon salt
•1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
•3/4 cup granulated sugar
•3/4 cup packed brown sugar
•1 teaspoon vanilla extract
•2 large eggs
•2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
•1 cup chopped nuts

preheat oven to 375° F.

COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.

BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

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