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Peanut Butter Cookies, I Burnt them and followed recipe

what did I do wrong, should I use a Silpat will that help? I never made them but I really did follow the recipe to the endth degree but they looked light brown and the top but the bottoms were yuk and burnt. Thanks

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  1. first question i'd ask is about the accuracy of your oven's temp.ours needs some work so my wife adjusts accordingly.

    1. Peanut butter cookies do have a tendency to get toasty on the bottoms -- I think it's a function of the high fat in the cookies being in contact with the surface of the pan. So yeah, a Silpat would help. Also, have you checked the temp on your oven? That's always a good place to start when diagnosing a baking problem. You can get a cheap oven thermometer at the drug store or hardware store (maybe even your supermarket) and save yourself a lot of trouble.

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      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        Should this kind of cookie be made on a shiny sheet or a dull sheet?

        1. re: julietg

          I ALWAYS use parchment paper when making cookie so I find the finish of the pans is mostly irrelevant.

          Makes cleanup a snap as well. :-)

          1. re: julietg

            my wife uses the doughmakers sheets and she's quite happy with them.

            http://www.doughmakers.com/

        2. In addition to the above recommendation, there is usually a range for cooking time and you want to start checking at the shortest time and check often after that. Pull them before they look cooked through.

          1. Moving your cookies to a higher rack can help, too. I find that with my current oven, anything below center gets a little too toasty on the bottom.

            1. when your cookies look fine on top but are burnt on the bottom, the most common culprits are:
              - the proximity to the lower heating element.
              solution: move the sheet to a higher rack.
              - the baking sheet/surface - burning occurs most frequently with dark, nonstick cookie sheets, and as ruth mentioned, the bottoms of peanut butter cookies can brown more quickly because of the oil contact with the hot pan surface.
              solution: bake them on a light-colored cookie sheet lined with parchment or a silpat.

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              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                thanks for all the suggestions, I think putting them on the top rack is a great idea, I am not a very experienced baker yet, really trying to get good.

                1. re: nbermas

                  if you had them on a rack that was in the center or higher, that probably wasn't the problem. i would advise against putting them on the very top rack. even if there's no heating element above them, with the cookies that close to the oven ceiling there won't be ample space for the air to circulate properly.

                  what kind of baking sheet did you use?

                  1. re: nbermas

                    You can't just blindly rely on cooking times. There are so many variables involved, including your oven may be running hot/cold, the type and thickness of the cookie sheet, the humidity, etc. The same goes for most cooking as high on the recipe testers stove may not be equal to high on your burner.

                    Best to start checking a few minutes before the low end of the recipe timing and take out when they are done. Most well written recipes will indicate what your should look for to tell the cookies are done. Whether it is a lightly golden top, some cracks forming in the center or edges of the cookie, a firm top that doesn't show impressions, etc.