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Default Pls help w/cookie recipe, why to freeze ?

Found an interesting looking cookie recipe, but after mixing, it says to chill for 15 minutes than form into log and freeze, then slice to bake.

What is the chemistry behind this? (I am asking not because of laziness, because I am loathe to slice a hunk of cookie dough; I haven't been able to make nice looking slices; I'd rather form cookies the old-fashioned way).

The recipe calls for melted chocolate with butter, then mixing in an egg, coffee powder, sugar, flour, baking powder, salt and more chocolate.

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Default Re: Pls help w/cookie recipe, why to freeze ?

I used to make a frozen sugar cookie recipe all the time, and wasn't crazy about slicing it from frozen either, but you can always tidy up the bottom of the slices with your fingers before baking, if you're concerned they won't look the best.

Possibly using a piece of dental floss to slice into the slightly thawed dough might make for neater looking slices, however, I'd use a plain (unflavoured) dental floss, unless you're a fan of chocolate and mint! lol

Good luck with the cookies, Little Moosie!
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Default Re: Pls help w/cookie recipe, why to freeze ?

Okay, thank you .... I wonder how bad they'd be if I chilled the dough and baked them in regular ovals? Guess I can try it if I don't get an answer here .....

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Default Re: Pls help w/cookie recipe, why to freeze ?

My guess would be that the colder the dough, the less they will spread making thicker, chewier, softer cookies.
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Oh ..... I DO like that .....
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Default Re: Pls help w/cookie recipe, why to freeze ?

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My guess would be that the colder the dough, the less they will spread making thicker, chewier, softer cookies.
I would second that, makes sense when you think about it. I read in a magazine (readers tips-my favorite part!) recently about a lady who after forming the log, fills a loaf pan with rice and sets the log in that to freeze, thus keeping it nice and round. Never tried it myself, but I found it interesting, especially if you dont mind dirtying up a couple of loaf pans and using up your rice!
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I would second that, makes sense when you think about it. I read in a magazine (readers tips-my favorite part!) recently about a lady who after forming the log, fills a loaf pan with rice and sets the log in that to freeze, thus keeping it nice and round. Never tried it myself, but I found it interesting, especially if you dont mind dirtying up a couple of loaf pans and using up your rice!
Interesting. What does the rice do? Does she pour the rice all over the log to kind of "bury" it to help keep its shape, or is there another purpose?
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I saw tht about the rice.
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Default Re: Pls help w/cookie recipe, why to freeze ?

The rice would help with the bottom of the roll staying round because it's not resting on a flat surface.
Freezing the dough keeps the spread to a minimum. Although I have done the same with well-chilled dough.
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I saw tht about the rice.
Once you get it formed into a roll, why not just wrap it tightly in cling film (further forming it into a nice solid roll) then freeze? Takes all the mystery and the science out of it.
Unwrap then slice and bake.
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Once you get it formed into a roll, why not just wrap it tightly in cling film (further forming it into a nice solid roll) then freeze? Takes all the mystery and the science out of it.
Unwrap then slice and bake.
I'm out of K, but that really sounds like a GREAT idea!
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I'm out of K, but that really sounds like a GREAT idea!
Keltin that's how Sister Georgina taught us how to make cookie dough in home economics, and that's the way Grams always did her sugar cookies.
It's simple and it works.
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Default Re: Pls help w/cookie recipe, why to freeze ?

I think one would wrap it before they put it in the rice, anyway. Even with wrapping, a soft dough can get a slightly flattened side when placed in the fridge or freezer.
Been there, done that.
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Default Re: Pls help w/cookie recipe, why to freeze ?

The thing is that I don't want to freeze and slice the dough; I just wonder why chilling isn't enough ... o
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Default Re: Pls help w/cookie recipe, why to freeze ?

It is enough... as I said earlier, I use a well-chilled dough, not always frozen. Thoroughly chilled so that the butter has time to firm up with the rest of the ingredients.
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Ah, OK.
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Even with wrapping, a soft dough can get a slightly flattened side when placed in the fridge or freezer.
Been there, done that.
As I stated earlier.. further forming it into a nice solid roll, then freeze.

There is a method for taking the dough out of the freezer over the course of the day and rolling it on the counter and shaping, THEN popping it back in the freezer until it's just the way you like it... in an almost perfect, solid roll, ready to slice.

For what it's worth Little Moosie, chilling is enough.
Why not just chill your dough and use an ice cream scoop, plop the scoops on the cookie sheet, flatten with the floured end of a drinking glass, then bake?
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I think I will. thanks all !
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Default Re: Pls help w/cookie recipe, why to freeze ?

depending on the recipe - putting it in the freezer may have same result as simply refrigerating. that specific recipe may not freeze 'solid' . . .
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Default Re: Pls help w/cookie recipe, why to freeze ?

i made them tonite; they were scrumptuous !!!!!
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i made them tonite; they were scrumptuous !!!!!

What technique did you use - freeze, chill, with or w/out rice??????
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Default Re: Pls help w/cookie recipe, why to freeze ?

I took the lazy man's way out - Monday night, I melted the chocolate and then mixed the other ingredietns right in that pan, then shoved it into the fridge & went to bed. When I got home from work the next day I lit the oven and then spooned out the cookies. Worked great!

Although the recipe says it makes 12 cookies; they DID spread a lot and were quite big. I'd make more, smaller next time.
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