Cookie Dough Baking Instructions
- Preheat oven to 325 – 350 degrees Fahrenheit. …
- Cover your baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper.
- Drop cookies on the baking sheet. …
- Gently tap the cookie down to get a good spread and circular shape. …
- Allow 2” between each cookie in order to avoid them spreading into each other.
350 ° is the standard temp for a cookie, and it’s a great one. Baking at 325° also results in an evenly baked cookie, but the slower cooking will help yield a chewier cookie. … If you love slightly underdone cookies, 375 ° is for you.
For most cookie recipes, you’re going to be baking them at 350 degrees F or thereabouts. It takes most ovens about 20 minutes to preheat to this temperature, though some new models have express preheat options that will get them up to temperature in about 6 minutes.
Place one baking sheet at a time onto center rack of preheated 350 degree F oven. Bake until cookies are golden around the edges, still have pale tops, and are soft in the center, about 8 to 10 minutes. (Do not overbake! They will firm up more during cooling.)
Bake the cookies at 450 degrees for about 6 to 8 minutes — watch carefully. Pull them when they are just starting to brown. If you’re not having luck with 450, try doing the same thing at 400. If you have a convection oven, try baking at 375 for 8 to 10 minutes.
At higher temperatures, the gases formed evaporate, contributing to the crust of bread and other baked goods. Get above 300ºF and guess what happens? Sugar caramelization and the Maillard browning reactions, which contribute that “golden-brown delicious” color and flavors to baked goods.
When baked at a lower temperature, the dough has more of a chance to spread out, leading to flatter, wider cookies. Conversely, cookies baked at higher temperatures spread less. Even a difference of as little as 50°F (10°C) makes a big difference.