If you want to know how to make cookies, follow the recipe. If you want to know how to make great cookies, well, that takes a little bit of experience. Every batch of cookies you bake, you’ll come away with knowledge that you can apply to the next batch, and over time, your baking skills will get better and better.

No matter if you like classic chocolate chip cookies or are looking for how to make the perfect crispy cookies, find out all the tips here. It’s important to have the perfect cookie chemistry to make the best cookies with chew middles!

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If you’ve already mastered How to Bake A Cake, here are some tips and tricks for baking cookies that I’ve learned over the years that will turn you into a cookie-making master in no time!

If you love softer cookies or are open to all cookie types, keep these tips for when the cookie craving strikes! The good news is that you can use this to make a giant cookie or the best sugar cookie recipe ever. The options are endless.

The Best Tips and Tricks for Making Cookies

ingredients needed to make cookies

Use the Right Size Eggs

If you have chickens or get eggs straight from the farm, make sure the eggs you use to bake your cookies are about the size of a standard large egg. Smaller or larger eggs can throw off the proportions of your recipe.

Make Sure Your Ingredients Are Room Temperature

And speaking of those eggs! You’re going to want to take them out of the fridge and leave them on the counter to come to room temperature before you start baking. The same goes for milk and butter, too, unless the recipe says otherwise. Be careful, though—in hot, summer months, butter left on the counter might get too soft, causing your cookies to spread when baking. You want the butter to be soft enough to easily cream with the sugar, not warm.

Know What Creaming Butter and Sugar Looks Like

If your cookies often end up hard and dense, it could be because you’re not creaming the butter and sugar properly. You need to mix it long enough that it gets fluffy and lightens in color.

mixing cookie dough with a stand mixer

Measure Your Flour the Right Way

When a recipe lists the amount of flour by weight, go with that! It’s the most accurate way to measure flour. If not, you should never stick your measuring cup into the flour and use it as a scoop because your dough will be too dry. Instead, lightly spoon the flour into the measuring cup, then scrape off any excess with a butterknife.

Fix Runny Dough

If your cookie dough ends up looking more like a batter, there’s no need to throw it out and start over again. Add one or two more tablespoons of flour and stir it in until the dough is thickened. Knowing how to make cookies means knowing how to get back on track when something goes awry!

Use an Ice Cream Scoop or Cookie Scoop

Whichever you choose, they both accomplish the same goal: uniformly-sized and evenly-shaped cookies. They also make the process of forming cookies a lot easier than doing it by hand or with a spoon.

adding cookie dough scoops to the baking sheet

Refrigerate Dough Before Baking

You’ve probably heard of this trick before, but if you haven’t tried it, it’s time to start! Not only does chilling your dough before baking it result in thicker, more solid cookies, but if you leave them in the fridge for 24 hours to age the dough, your cookies will taste better too.

Invest in a Silicone Baking Mat

For truly perfect cookies, you can’t just make them directly on a baking sheet—they’re more likely to spread that way, and then instead of a dozen round cookies, you end up with one big blob of a cookie! Parchment paper works well, but if you bake a lot, it can be wasteful. You can get a decent silicone baking mat from Target for under $10 and it’s totally worth it. It will also help your cookies brown more evenly.

Use a Cooling Rack

Yes, it matters! If you leave your cookies to cool on the cookie sheet, they’re likely to overcook because metal retains heat. Transfer your cookies to a cooling rack and you’ll get perfect crisp edges and a chewy center.

cookie dough on cookie dough sheet

Watch Your Cookies

Oven temperatures vary, which means cookies that took 15 minutes to bake in a food blogger’s oven might take 12 minutes in yours—and those 3 extra minutes could turn chewy cookies into hockey pucks. Look for signs of doneness, rather than relying on the clock. Are the edges golden brown? Is the center puffy? Most recipes will list some visual cues to look for.

Let Your Baking Sheets Cool Between Batches

If you’re doubling a batch of cookies or baking Christmas cookies for a crowd, it may be tempting to constantly rotate your baking sheets in and out of the oven. Yes, this is efficient, but no, it’s not good for your cookies! It can cause cookies to spread and burn on the bottoms. Buy some extra baking sheets to have on hand or simply wait for them to cool between batches.

As you can see, these tips will help you make any type of cookie that you can imagine. From soft chocolate chip cookies to drop cookies that are out of this world, now is the time to bake the chewiest cookies ever. All of the items on the list above are important things to do to create a good recipe, and you can easily do them all.

No matter how much baking time you have under your belt, if you apply these tips to any great recipe, you’re going to have a cookie hit on your hands! It’s time to make up some easy cookie recipes and see what you think! These simple tips will help you make the perfect chewy chocolate chip cookies every time that you’re craving one. (and yes, they’ll be bake sale ready, too!)

stack of sugar cookies covered in sprinkles

Try These Cookie Recipes

Now that you know my favorite tips for how to make cookies, try some of these reader-favorite recipes:

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About Kasey Schwartz

For over 15 years, Kasey Schwartz, the mastermind behind All Things Mamma, has been the ultimate go-to for mouthwatering family recipes. Her work has been featured on Today.com, Buzz Feed, Better Homes and Gardens, and more, making her your go-to mom next door for all things delicious and family-friendly.

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