“First sheet: I baked them at 375F for 10 minutes in an electric oven (no fan),”
“then checked them at 10 mins. and thought they looked a little underdone, so I put them back in for 4 minutes and then the bottoms looked a bit overdone, though not burned.”
“The sheet is in the upper 1/3 of the oven, so having them get so brown on the bottom may be down to the brown sugar and the honey, not the proximity to the lower heating elements. The height of the rack didn’t seem to affect the top of the cookies getting done/overdone. Maybe my aluminum sheet gets too hot. Hmmmm…. I don’t use non-stick cookie sheets because I think the dark surface overcooks everything. I always use aluminum pans.”
“Second sheet: I baked them for 12 minutes. The tops still look too underdone but the bottoms were dark again.”
“Not as dark as 14 mins., but enough to make me think the brown sugar and honey are doing this. Maybe 350F would be better than 375F.”
“So for the last sheet (14 cookies), I opened the oven door, moved the temperature down to 350, and then put in the cookies. And I forgot to set the timer! But since I have all this experience in figuring out that the cookies are done, I’m not worried. I’m just keeping an eye on them. … Nope, still pretty much the same brown on the bottom!”
“But I think the tops looked better at 350F. I think you could say bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes.”
I loved Margie’s email sign off – “XO! Margie/Jeanne” – this is because, in the early days of my blog, everyone had movie star pseudonyms. I was Lya de Putti,
Margie was Jeanne, after Jeanne Crain I think…
Margie made 40 cookies from Rue’s recipe using a heaped tablespoon of dough for each. That’s a lotta cookies!
Finally, this bit of brilliance, “I followed the recipe exactly except that I used 3/4 C. raisins instead of 1 C. And I used golden raisins as an homage to The Golden Girls!”
Thank you KSB and Margie, I feel more confident about this recipe now.
If I lived in the USA and I was rich, I would send a batch of these cookies to each and every one of my test cooks. I don’t actually KNOW them all personally, but I still say this…
Whoever is behind Semi Sweet Designs is a genius.
GO WONDER WOMEN!