You've Been Making Cookies All Wrong
Rosanna Pansino, YouTube star
and author of The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook
, explains exactly where we're screwing up—and how to make it right.
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You Go Straight to the Oven
Whether you're making Christmas trees with angled branches, or authentic replicas of your best friend's face
, it can be maddening to make intricately cutout cookies keep their shape. You roll out the dough, press the cookie cutter down, slide the spatula underneath, maneuver it onto the sheet, pop it into the oven—and it morphs into something unrecognizable. Pansino has an easy fix, though: Once you get the dough onto the baking sheet, pop it in the freezer for 10 minutes, and then
bake it. The cold dough and chilled sheet will help the cookies keep their form—so your pal's nose will look exactly as it should.