THE OFFERING RULE: In order to understand how long a new cookie, cupcake, or muffin recipe takes to bake, test one first...and then eat it. Consider it a sacrifice to the Gods!
This may come as a big surprise, but you do not need to bake all 24 cookies at once. In fact, if this is a new recipe you should always take the extra 14 minutes and test one cookie on it's own. Every oven is different and you can't depend on the time given in the instructions. I have found this to be really important if you are baking a cookie with a chocolate base, because it is really hard to see a cocoa cookie turn golden brown. Why would you put a whole batch of cookies at risk if you are not sure what you are doing?
The Offering Cookie is a smart and practical way to make sure dessert comes out perfect.
Am I the only one who has had a very difficult time knowing when a cookie is finished baking? what other practical cookies tips do you have?