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What is the difference in outcome in baking cookies, if you use butter in different aggregate phases?

Asked by ragingloli (51859points) March 20th, 2021

Recipes will call for use of cold butter.
How would the outcome change, if you used room temperature or even melted butter instead?

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janbb's avatar

The softer the butter, the more they will spread when being baked.

longgone's avatar

Sometimes, cold butter is essential for a more crumbly end result. Shortcake, crumble topping, pie crust.

hello321's avatar

As mentioned above, butter temperature is critical when baking. You can use the same recipe and get wildly different results based on the temperature of the butter. Try making chocolate chip cookies with melted (or almost melted) butter and watch them spread into thin crisps as they bake.

And yes – pie crust demands ice cold butter.

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