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Why do my cookies and brownies turn out cake-like?

I don't bake often, but lately when I've tried, my cookies and brownies have turned out more cake-like than cookie or brownie-like. I've got all new ingredients, followed several different recipes closely, and I keep getting the same bread-y texture.

I must be doing something wrong, but I don't know what. Any ideas?

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  1. Without know what ingredients you are using and the ratios, it's almost impossible to say.

    Generally, "cake like" happens when the proportion of fat and liquid is disproportionate to flour and leavening agent (baking powder or soda).

    Other causes include, over-mixing which can cause cookies to be tough b/c extra gluten formation.

    Also, leaving cookies to cool on the sheet can be another culprit.

    But without knowing more it's impossible to give you specific guidance.

    1. All new ingredients? A higher protein flour could affect texture.

      1. Aside from the cookies, depending the the recipe, brownies can range between a moist cake to candy like fudge. It might just be the particular brownie recipe.

        1. try underbaking slightly to get that dense chewy texture

          1. As previously stated, it's impossible to assess your issue without a complete recipe. However, be thankful you have brownies that are "cake-like". Some people can't make a brownie that isn't "brick-like" ... those are inedible.