350 ° is the standard temp for a cookie, and it’s a great one. Baking at 325° also results in an evenly baked cookie, but the slower cooking will help yield a chewier cookie. … If you love slightly underdone cookies, 375 ° is for you.
For most cookie recipes, you’re going to be baking them at 350 degrees F or thereabouts. It takes most ovens about 20 minutes to preheat to this temperature, though some new models have express preheat options that will get them up to temperature in about 6 minutes.
The simple answer to this question is, meet in the middle. Cookies should (almost) always be baked on the middle rack of the oven. The middle rack offers the most even heat and air circulation which helps cookies bake consistently.
Bake the cookies at 450 degrees for about 6 to 8 minutes — watch carefully. Pull them when they are just starting to brown. If you’re not having luck with 450, try doing the same thing at 400. If you have a convection oven, try baking at 375 for 8 to 10 minutes.
At higher temperatures, the gases formed evaporate, contributing to the crust of bread and other baked goods. Get above 300ºF and guess what happens? Sugar caramelization and the Maillard browning reactions, which contribute that “golden-brown delicious” color and flavors to baked goods.
Baking and Testing for Doneness
Preheat oven 10 to 15 minutes before baking the first sheet or pan of cookies. Check oven temperature with an oven thermometer. … For softer, chewier cookies, bake for the shorter amount of time indicated in the recipe.
Baking with convection yields a rounded, taller cookie with a crisp exterior. Even heat created by the air circulating in convection yields the irresistible combination of crunchy and gooey – and some say it’s the secret to the perfect cookie. But, if you prefer a softer, chewy cookie, use Bake mode without convection.
Baking in a convection oven is actually a really useful (and delicious) way to prepare cookies, in part because this baking method is great for getting food brown and crispy. This method requires only minor adjustment if you’re used to baking in a conventional oven.