Do I need to fridge the dough?

Our recipes do not require refrigeration before shaping and baking. They taste best without refrigeration and it will save time. Refrigerating the dough creates a different flavor since it allows chemical reactions to progress before baking.

Can I freeze or fridge the cookie dough?

Yes, but let it come to room temperature before putting in the oven, or your cookie will be more of a lump than a cookie.

Do I have to weigh my ingredients?

You don’t HAVE to do anything. You will get more consistent bakes by weighing ingredients. If you don’t have a kitchen scale, you can measure your ingredients using measuring cups and it will work just fine.

My oven is burning the cookies. What do I do?

Purchase an inexpensive oven thermometer. Hang it in the middle of the oven and see if it is holding temperature properly. If the bottom is burning and not the top, double-check your oven rack location. The best place to bake things is slightly above the middle of your oven. If it is in the correct place and your cookies are still burning, you may need to replace heating elements and you will need to call an appliance repairman.

When do I pull cookies out of the oven?

Take them out when the edges begin to lightly brown. Pull the parchment and cookies off the hot pan so they don’t continue baking. Chocolate cookies will get a reddish tint when overbaked.

How do I store the cookies and cakes?

COOKIES – After completely cooling, put them in a plastic, zippered freezer bag. Most drop cookies last a few days at room temperature or in the fridge. Any cookies that won’t be eaten within a few days should be frozen. Let them thaw in the bag when you are ready to enjoy them. Shortbread cookies last up to two weeks at room temperature in a sealed container.  NEVER store different types of cookies together. They pick up or lose moisture and flavors from each other. When preparing an assortment cookie platter for a party, don’t “tray up” until about an hour before the event.

CAKES – Cakes made ahead of time can be cooled on a rack, wrapped in plastic wrap, then stored in a gallon freezer bag in the refrigerator or freezer. Unwrap and frost or decorate when you’re ready to use them. Cover frosted cakes for storage. They last four days at room temperature or seven days in the refrigerator. Cake frostings made with real cream or cream cheese should be stored in the refrigerator until an hour before serving.


What’s your favorite cookie?

That’s like asking which child is your favorite. I love cookies, and I developed each recipe for a specific flavor and texture. However, I am particularly fond of the #1 Chocolate Chip Cookie and the Buttercream Frosted Sugar Cookie.

Hi, I’m Missy. Welcome to Taste Before Beauty. For 28 years I’ve been developing recipes that taste delicious, before they look delicious.