Why are my cookies cakey and how to fix it?

Baking is a challenge but also a fun and interesting experience. I remember the first time I tried baking cookies. I was a teenager and had never baked anything before. So my cookies turn out cakey, I share some reasons about it with you.

Your cookies may be coming out cakey for a few reasons:

Too much flour

Using too much flour can result in dense, cakey. Make sure to measure your flour precisely or marginally lessen the quantity.

Make cookies with too much flour and fix it:

You can do to fix your cookie dough if you unintentionally put too much flour. Add wet ingredients, such as eggs, butter, or milk, to the dough. By counteracting the dryness brought on by the extra flour, this will assist. To keep the dough at the proper consistency, you might also need to modify the other ingredients.

A small quantity of liquid, like water or milk, can be added to the dough to hydrate it and make it easier to handle. To avoid making the bread too sticky, just make sure you don’t add too much liquid. If it is too dry, refrigerate it for a few hours or overnight. The dough may become softer and simpler to handle as a result.

It’s essential to remember that too much flour can change the flavor and texture of cookie dough. Therefore, it is best to measure your ingredients and follow to the recipe’s instructions.

Insufficient Fat

Cookies’ delicate, chewy texture is aided by fat. Cookies that are made with insufficient butter or oil risk becoming cakey and desiccated. Assure your recipe says for the right quantity of fat.

Why do my cookies dry out, and how do I fix it?

Your cookies may be dry for a variety of causes.

If you baked your cookies for too long or at a high temperature, they might have turned out dry. Reduce the baking time and temperature to fix this. Your cookies may have come out dry if you used too little butter, sugar, or other moistening ingredients. To fix this, add more butter or a little milk to the dough.

The moisture in the cookies may have evaporated and left them dry if you kept them in an airtight container before they had fully relaxed. Instead of an airtight container, place your cookies in a container with a loose-fitting lid or a paper bag to solve this problem.

Your cookies may have come out dry if you used the wrong flour, instead of all-purpose flour. Use the right kind of flour for your recipe to solve this. Use these suggestions to make your cookies less dry and more delicious!


Overmixing cookie dough can create too much gluten, resulting in a dense, cakey texture. Mix the ingredients until just combined.

Fix Overmixed Cookie Dough:

If you have overmixed cookie dough, the dough can become tough and the cookies may turn out differently than expected. However, there are a few things you can try to save the dough:

If the dough is too sticky or wet, add more flour to the mixture to absorb the excess moisture. Place the dough in the refrigerator to firm up for 30 minutes to an hour. This can make processing easier and improve the structure of the final cookies.

If the dough is too dry or runny, add a small amount of milk or water a tablespoon at a time to bind the ingredients together. If it’s too soft, try rolling it into balls and flattening it before baking. This can help the cookies keep their shape and prevent spreading.

If you are not sure how the dough will turn out, bake a small batch to see how it behaves in the oven. This will help you make changes before you bake the whole batch.

Remember that overmixed dough can give different results than properly mixed dough. However, you can save dough by experimenting and still get delicious cookies.

Add too much baking powder or baking soda

Too much baking powder or baking soda can cause the cookies to rise too much and turn into cakes. Make sure you measure the risers accurately.

Too much baking powder or baking soda fix:

If you accidentally used too much baking powder or baking soda in the cookie dough, it can affect the texture and taste of the cookies. But don’t worry, you can try to fix some things.

If you don’t want to make more dough, try adjusting other ingredients to balance the excess baking powder or soda. For example, add more sugar, flour or eggs to the dough so that the leavening agents are absorbed.

Baking powder and baking soda need an acidic ingredient to activate and raise the dough. If you added too much of either, add a small amount of lemon juice, vinegar to the batter. These acidic ingredients help neutralize excess baking powder or baking soda.

It is important to remember that only some of these methods work perfectly and you may need to adjust the amounts depending on the recipe you are using. Also, adding ingredients can change the texture or taste of the cookies, so you may need to experiment a bit to find the right balance.

Incorrect oven temperature

If the oven is too hot, the cookies can rise too much and become cakey. Make sure you bake the cookies at the correct temperature for your recipe.

How to fix a Cookie Oven?

If your oven isn’t at the right temperature  for baking cookies, here’s how to fix it:

Preheat the oven 10-15 minutes before baking. This ensures that the oven is at the correct temperature for baking. If the oven is hot, reduce the baking time by a few minutes. As it cools, increase the cooking time accordingly.

Line the baking sheet with baking paper so that the bottom of the cookies don’t burn. Move the oven to a higher or lower position depending on temperature issues. For example, if the oven gets hot, move the rack to the lower position to prevent burning.

Different cookie recipes that require different baking temperatures and times. Experiment with different recipes to find one that works well with your oven.

By following these tips, you can ensure that your cookies turn out perfectly every time, regardless of the temperature of your oven.


Cakey cookie are a common baking problem that can frustrate even experienced bakers. However, I have shared some baking tips for you and these tips will help you make your cookies less cakey and  delicious.

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