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« Reply #40 on: November 22, 2008 04:26:38 PM »

I live at 5000 feet and this is what I've learned about any baking, especially cookies and cakes:

Use 1/3 less sugar. This is the most important tip. Really, no one believes me but do it!
Do NOT use more flour.
Use 1/4 less leavening (baking powder or soda).
Either use a dark pan or lower the temp 25 degrees.
If the batter is really thick, add more liquid.

Also, crisco works better for me in tollhouse cookies.

« Reply #41 on: November 25, 2008 02:50:50 PM »

I'm new to this board but wanted to add my two cents in.  I love a good puffy chocolate chip cookie and found this recipe in the America's Test Kitchen cookbook.  It makes the best cookies ever.  In fact my husband took some to work today and none are coming home.

1 cup of butter (not margarine) melted and cooled
1 1/4 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. white sugar
2 eggs
2 egg yolks
1 TBS. vanilla
3 1/2 c. flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 pkg. chocolate chips
1/2 pkg. toffee chips

Heat oven to 325 degrees.
Mix flour, baking soda, salt in bowl.  Set aside.
Cream together melted butter and sugars.  Add in eggs, egg yolks and vanilla.  Mix until cominbed (2 minutes).  Add flour mixture to butter/sugar/egg mixture.  Mix in chocolate chips and toffee chips.
Measure out 1/4 c. of dough.  Roll into ball.  (I found I could place about 6 cookies on a sheet at this size.)  Bake in oven 17-20 minutes.  Remove from oven but leave on sheet for additional 10 minutes.

Notes:  I use shiny aluminum baking sheets.  I have a stainless steel one but it gets to hot.  The solution to this is to buy a Silpat baking mat (http://www.amazon.com/Silpat-2-Inch-Nonstick-Silicone-Baking/dp/B00008T960).  This reduces the amout of heat the cookie sheet gives off.  I found that when my cookies did come out flat it was because of using the stainless steel sheet without the baking mat. 
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« Reply #42 on: November 28, 2008 04:42:23 AM »

...is that not right for cookies? I've never had particularly puffy cookies...I made about a hundred-a hundred fifty last year for my friends and all of them ADORED them...
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