Help! I am not a baker by any means, but thought I'd give the recipe off of the Nestle Tollhouse chip bag a try since my fiance is in town and he has a big sweet tooth. Aren't the recipes off of the bags supposed to be foolproof?? Well, I tried this recipe TWICE and the results were the same: cakey cookies! It worked better when I smooshed the cookie dough and lessened the cooking time (thereby underbaking) but the cookies really never flattened. The oven was set to 375, as instructed. Is that too high? A friend thought the baking soda was too old, maybe that's the culprit. Or was the sugar ratio off? I also used a Silpat sheet on a dark cookie pan...does that do anything?
As you can see, I am a novice at baking and have no idea what affects what, so please help! I don't want to be known as a bad cookie maker!