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My cookies spread out too much in the oven. What can I do to prevent this?

My cookies spread out too much in the oven. What can I do to prevent this?
Submitted by kayla.b.craig

Several factors could be contributing to this problem:

• Using too much grease on the cookie sheet. Grease sheets lightly or use parchment paper instead.

• Using warm cookie sheets. Be sure to cool sheets to room temperature between batches.

• Substituting butter in cookie recipes that call for shortening. Try half butter and half shortening to achieve a better result.

• Making cookies too big. Try making smaller-size cookies.

• Using warm cookie dough. Refrigerate—or even freeze dough balls—before baking.

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