Keen bakers find out EXACTLY where they’re going wrong with this handy cookie graphic

EVER wonder why your cookies come out less than perfect? A handy guide has revealed how to ace them every time. 

The helpful photo, shared on Reddit, shows all of the ways you can mess up during baking, from adding too much flour to over-beating eggs. 

Other issues with your cookie baking can include not melting butter before and using not enough flour. 

The helpful graphic shows how all of these mistakes can result in a cookie that is overdone, too crunchy or too large and flat. 

It also reveals what the ideal cookie should look like in comparison.

While many people were highly impressed with the guide, particularly as many households have turned to baking in lockdown, some disagreed with the look of the “perfect cookie.”

One wrote: “The ‘not enough flour’ cookie looks the most perfect to me. Fresh out of the oven,  that's the one I'm grabbing first.”

Another added: “Chef here… completely agree. The not enough flour, maybe with one more minute of baking time for more colour is way better looking.”

And one said: “A dozen over-baked if you please.”

Cookie lovers have been treated to Pret a Manger releasing their exact recipe for their dark chocolate chunk cookies during lockdown. 

To make the mouth-watering treat, you need flour, butter, an egg, two types of sugar and salt, and surprisingly the recipe calls for chocolate buttons, not chocolate chips. 

Detailing their method, the restaurant says to begin by preheating your oven to 160c. 

Then heat the butter until it’s just melted – but ensure it’s not hot – then beat both the light and dark sugars into it until well combined. 

Add in the egg and mix gently until they’re just combined, being careful not to overdo it. 

Next add the flour and salt and mix until they’ve formed a smooth dough, again making sure not to overwork it. 

What you'll need for Pret's Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookie

  • 110g unsalted butter
  • 170g caster sugar
  • 85g light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 190g self-raising flour
  • 3g salt
  • 120g dark chocolate buttons

Now it’s time to get the chocolate buttons involved, with Pret advising to break them up beforehand to ensure they’re evenly spread out. 

Once they’re mixed in scoop out eight dough balls and place them on a lined or pre-greased tray, ensuring there’s plenty of space between them.

Gently flatten each ball, and pop them in the oven for around ten minutes. 

Let them cool before eating, which should give you just enough time to make yourself a coffee.

Meanwhile we revealed how to make crunchy biscuits at home and you only need three ingredients.

And this is how to make chocolate brownies again using just three ingredients.

Plus people are making amazing chocolate chip cakes in their slow cookers.

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