Thursday, July 02, 2009

Butterscotch Thins

Butterscotch Thins

First I have to say that the flavor of these cookies is phenomenal. I have been a butterscotch lover since I was a kid. (A Butterscotch Sundae was always my choice at Mickey D's.) I love butterscotch chips in my chocolate-chip cookies, and you know those old-fashioned butterscotch cakes? The kind with the cooked frosting? Omigod. Love. My grandmother made the best one ever. (Note to self: Try to find Maw Maw's butterscotch-cake recipe!)

Butterscotch Thins

That being said the question becomes: What did I do wrong? If you go to Nicole's site you'll see how perfectly her cookies baked. Lightly colored, obviously sugary and good, and easy to stack. Mine? Well, they didn't turn out like hers at all. That's not say that we didn't eat them. Of course we did! But they never completely firmed up, and I had a really hard time with the dough. It never got hard enough for me to slice so I'm thinking that's where I did something wrong. (I see that another commenter had the same problem. But others didn't. Weird.)

Butterscotch Thins

So can anybody help me out? Do you see a step that maybe I forgot that made all the difference? Why did my cookies spread so much? Why wouldn't they firm up? I know that we've all made mistakes in the kitchen and that one of you fine bakers can point me in the right direction. Like I said before: I loved the flavor of these cookies. I want to make them again. But I want to do it right this time!

Butterscotch Thins by Baking Bites

8 comments:

  1. Hey - even if something went wrong, all that matters is the taste. And I'm guessing they still tasted pretty good if you ate them all! (I love butterscotch sundaes as well!)

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  2. My cookies that I make with real butter quite often look like this...those crispy, shiny edges. That's why I usually cook with margarine. Can't figure it out!

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  3. Abby, I wish all my mistakes looked (& taste) like yours!

    Btw, I've never had ol' fashioned butterscotch cake. Sounds heavenly. Find that recipe! :)

    Happy 4th!
    ~ingrid

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  4. Geez they look great to me!! I went and looked at the picture at baking Bites and your cookies look about the same,actually yours look good to me with the shine to them!

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  5. Claire: I had no idea baking with the two would lead to different results. Curious!

    Ingrid: You are ALWAYS too sweet. Happy Fourth to you, too!

    Bunny: Thanks! But you can't tell how BIG mine were. They spread like the dickens.

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  6. If your measuring cups are off by even a scant tablespoon, you could get a flour to butter ratio that is off enough for a "sensitive" recipe. Also, if it was humid in your house, you may have needed a little more flour. Sometimes you just have to play with baking recipes (and be willing to eat all the results!).

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  7. Abby, thanks but in this case I'm NOT being sweet! Seriously find that recipe of your Grandma's! :)Pretty please!

    Okay now I'll go read your broccoli post.
    ~ingrid

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  8. They look amazing ! I LOVE buterscotch !

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