anyway, the other day, i made cookies, & thought i'd try adding a bit more baking soda....maybe it would make them rise a little more. no luck.
not only were the completely flat, but they were hard & crunchy on the outside--almost burnt, and completely *uncooked* in the middle! >:( So before cooking the next batch, i added a bunch of extra flower. My cookies turned out perfect!
Chris even said they were the best cookies i've ever made. the truth is, the best cookies i ever made were before we got married, when i wasn't stuck to the Toll House flat cookie recipe, but whatever. Anyway.... this was a huge accomplishment for me.
Also, i thought i'd google fluffy cookies & see what i could come up with. I found this GREAT website that breaks down what the different ingredients do for a cookie. to summarize, " For light, puffy cookies, use shortening or margarine and cut back on the amount of fat; add an egg, cut back on the sugar, use cake flour or pastry flour, use baking powder instead of baking soda and refrigerate your dough before baking." it goes into a lot more detail, if you're interested.
... so i think the next time i make cookies, i'll make them w/a little less butter & a little less sugar, & see what that does.
but at least for now, i'm no longer a cookie failure.