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Dec 18, 2008 08:37 AM

Help! Too much salt in my cookie dough...

OK.. it seemed like way too much salt, but I added it anyway. Now the dough tastes like buttery salt with toffee chips! It called for 1/4 salt... didn't specify amount and I didn't notice that until I had already added 1/4 cup!!!! What if i just double to batch recipe without doubling the salt? I'm hosting a cookie exchange tonight and am starting to completely freak! Thanks for any help! I mean, who puts a 1/4 cup of salt in cookie dough????

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  1. lol, apparently you do. i'd just chuck it and start over. besides the flavor, the salt will have a very definite impact on the texture of whatever you're making.

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    1. re: hotoynoodle

      I also would toss it out and start over. No sense throwing good ingredients after bad. Doubling the recipe is a nice idea but if you put 1/4 cup of salt (12 teaspoons) in and the recipe called for 1/4 teaspoon (you didn't say, but I can't imagine it called for 1/4 tablespoon), doubling it isn't going to fix it. You would need to multiply the recipe by 48 times in order to even things out.

    2. What are the proportions of the other ingredients?

      1. Considering most recipes call for about a tsp of salt, that's way more than doubling the recipe and not using any salt. You could try to make a bar cookie with that as a base and some caramel/marshmallow/chocolate/cream cheese-y or something sweet on top but it might be like throwing good money on top of bad. I agree w/ hotoynoodle and would start over again. It's not like trying to salvage it will take less time than making something new.

        1. Considering that the amout of salt in 1/4 C is 48 times that in 1/4 tsp, I would also vote for starting over.

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          1. re: queenmab

            I did, in fact, start over. I don't know what I was thinking... oh, maybe it was how much I still have to do by 7pm tonight when the guests start arriving! I'm just glad I thought to taste the dough before I just put them out. Thanks for the help! Hopefully, the cookies turn out ok. They're toffee shortbreads- a recipe I found on

          2. I was going to suggest burying a potato in the cookie dough.


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            1. re: DGresh

              Ha! How about trying to clean the recipe with Barkeepers Friend?