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why are my chocolate chip cookies so cakey?

jennifer w. | Jan 11, 200507:16 PM

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!

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