There’s nothing quite like the smell of freshly baked homemade cookies, and nothing quite like the feeling of satisfaction that comes from making cookies from scratch yourself. If you’re looking to make the perfect batch of cookies, follow these five easy tips:

Two sets of hands working dough.

1. Find the Right Recipe
It all comes down to the recipe. When it comes to making soft cookies, you want to make sure that you use a recipe that includes plenty of butter. This will help to create a soft, tender cookie that are packed with flavor.

2. Use High-Quality Ingredients
Anyone can make cookies from a mix, but it takes a little extra effort to make cookies from scratch. The difference is in the ingredients. Instead of using margarine or vegetable shortening, real butter gives cookies a richer flavor. And instead of artificial vanilla extract, cookies made with pure vanilla extract taste more complex and nuanced. These higher-quality ingredients do cost a bit more, but they’re worth it when you want your cookies to stand out from the rest.

3. Chill the dough before baking
If you’re looking for homemade cookies that are thick and chewy, make sure to chill the dough before baking. Chilling the dough helps to firm up the fats, which in turn prevents the cookies from spreading too much during baking. As a result, you’ll end up with a thicker, chewier cookie that’s absolutely delicious. 

4. Bake at a low temperature:
Baking cookies can also be tricky, as they can easily become burnt or too crispy. The key is to bake at a low temperature, which will help to prevent the cookies from burning or becoming too hard. Additionally, it is important to watch the cookies closely while they are in the oven, as they can go from perfect to burned in a matter of minutes. With a little practice, anyone can learn to bake delicious cookies that are perfect every time.  Make sure to avoid over-baking your cookies. Once they start to turn golden brown, they’re probably done – so take them out of the oven and enjoy!

5. Allow cookies to cool before removing from the baking sheet.
Baking is a delicate process, and even a few degrees can make a big difference in the outcome of your recipe. That’s why it’s important to let your baked goods cool properly before removing them from the baking sheet. Allowing them to cool for a few minutes helps to prevent them from sticking, and also allows the heat to evenly distribute throughout the cookie. As a result, you’ll end up with perfectly baked cookie that’s easy to remove and won’t crumble apart. So next time you’re baking, be sure to let your creations cool for a few minutes before transfer them to a wire rack. Your taste buds will thank you!