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May 20, 2009 08:52 PM

Help! Cookie dough FAIL!

I need some advice! I was making chocolate chip cookies -- the recipe from Alton Brown's I'm Just Here for More Food, chocolate chip cookies #10 -- and I somehow made a dough that was extremely dry. Really weird. I am pretty sure that I inaccurately measured the flour -- I was weighing it on a scale, something got messed up in there*. It looked like it was way too much flour, and it was indeed way too much flour!

I made a batch of the cookies, and while not bad, they were ... weird, dry, floury, not sticking together well. The rest of the dough is in the refrigerator; is there some way to salvage it? Another egg beaten with melted butter and sugar? Any ideas? Can this dry dough live?

Thank you!

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  1. If too much flour was added, you might simply add some milk or water to the cookie dough.

    If it was an inordinate amount of flour that you added by mistake, you can try adding a proportionate amount of the other ingredients; or, just throw it out and start over. After all, who wants to eat "cookies" that are dry and taste like raw flour?

    1. I agree with ipsedixit.

      Since cookies have so few ingredients....the right ratios of ingredients are really integral to turning out the desired cookies. You might try adding more liquid (water, milk, or cream) until you achieve the dough consistency you want and then bake a few as a test. It's really hard since you don't know how much extra flour was used.

      Here's a link to some more common cookie

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      1. re: cookiefanatic

        Given the extra liquid, add a bit more baking powder/soda so that you're cookies aren't flat.