Home Cooking 5

Cookie recipes and the number of dozen it makes

DGresh | Dec 19, 200905:00 AM

Has anyone else wondered about the number of cookies that a batch supposedly makes? I have always found that I get far fewer out of a batch than the recipe claims. I just figured that I make bigger cookies (though I'm pretty sure I do roughly the tablespoon or whatever it specifies). Today I was making biscotti from a recipe in the NYTimes from this past week, and now I'm convinced that there is "dozen-inflation" involved. In this case, the recip makes four loaves, 6 to 8 inches long, that are cut on the diagonal 1 inch thick. Now if you do the math, there's no way that you can get more than 4 times 8 cookies, or 32. Maybe less if you're on the 6 inch end of that. But it says it makes 4 dozen cookies!

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