Reduce sugar, change texture on cookies?

Discussion in 'Pastries & Baking' started by indygal, Jan 24, 2012.

  1. indygal

    indygal

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    Hi everyone.

    I found a cookie recipe that I like, Oatmeal with choc. chips.  The thing I like is the chewy texture.   But they are too sweet for me.   If I reduce the sugar significantly (instead of 1 cup brown & white, maybe 3/4 cup -both) on small recipe - 15-20 large cookies) would it change the texture?

    I like chewy cookies, but don't like them overly sweet.

    Here is the recipe.

    Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

    makes 15-20 cookies
    1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
    1/2 cup sugar
    1/2 cup brown sugar
    1 egg
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    3/4 cups rolled oats
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
    1 1/4 cups chocolate chips
    optional: 1- 2 tablespoons milk, if dough is crumbly

    Preheat oven to 375.

    Beat butter and sugars with an electric mixer until smooth. Add egg and
    vanilla, mixing well until combined, about 2 minutes. Stir in flour,
    baking powder, salt, and 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon with the mixer on
    medium speed. Beat in oats. Mix until dough comes together. Add in 1
    tablespoon milk if the dough is crumbly. If dough is still crumbly, add
    milk 1 tablespoon at a time until it comes together. Fold in chocolate
    chips. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

    Remove dough from fridge and roll into big 1 1/2 inch balls. Set on a
    baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Lightly press down on dough to
    flatten it. Bake at 375 for 9-11 minutes.

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  2. indygal

    indygal

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    After a little research, I discovered that

    1 brown sugar retains more moisture, so I used 3/4 cup all brown sugar.   Also

    2.I discovered that colder ingredients made a thicker cookie, so I used butter only just warm enough to cream, and cold eggs.  Chilled the balls before baking, used parchment so I could slide the cookies off the pan faster, so they would not continue to cook.

    The cookies turned out good, but I'm still working on perfecting this.  I like the concept.   Next: onto chewy oatmeal raisin.  II'm hoping if I get this one the way I like it, all I'll have to do is substitute raisins for the choc cihps.)

    DD