The Drop Cookie Technique To Make Baking A Little Easier

Is there anything as delicious as a cookie straight from the oven? We suspect not. Whether it's a batch of classic peanut butter cookies or something a little more interesting like lemon gooey butter or red velvet cookies, the result is certainly delicious, but for many, baking cookies can be a time-consuming and labor-intensive task, especially when it involves rolling out the dough and cutting out shapes. However, there is a simpler, more forgiving method that will have you whipping up delightful treats with ease. This method is the drop technique. 

This versatile method can be applied to a variety of recipes, not just cookies. You're probably familiar with the technique as it's used to make drop biscuits. Drop cookies and drop biscuits are made by spooning dollops of dough onto a baking sheet, resulting in a rustic appearance and a delectable, crumbly texture. Either way, this method creates delicious treats with minimal effort.

Making drop cookies

Drop cookies are named for the straightforward method used to form them — simply dropping spoonfuls of dough onto a baking sheet. This technique eliminates the need for rolling pins, cookie cutters, and the stress of achieving the perfect thickness. The result is a rustic, homey cookie that is both charming and scrumptious. Additionally, the drop technique is perfect for recipes with chunky mix-ins like chocolate chips, nuts, or dried fruits, which can be challenging to incorporate into rolled dough.

To create perfect drop cookies, start by making your favorite cookie dough. Once the dough comes together, simply use a cookie scoop or tablespoon for even scoops of cookie dough. This will ensure consistent baking times and uniformly sized cookies. Next, drop the dough onto the baking sheet, about two inches apart from the other dollops of cookie dough. With rows of cookie dough, bake them off according to your normal recipe.

Embracing the drop technique simplifies the baking process. So, whether you're making classic chocolate chip cookies or experimenting with a new chunky recipe, this method is sure to become a favorite in your baking repertoire.