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Your Cookies are Flat, Now What?: 3 Tips To Fix Flat Cookies

Updated: Feb 21, 2022

So you just pulled your chocolate chip cookies from the oven only to scrape them, along with your hopeful expectations, into the garbage. If you are crying over your garbage can, DON'T.

In my humble opinion, a garbage can full of cookies (or cake) is a badge of honor in the wonderful world of baking. And the good news? If you're reading this, you will soon be able to prevent (or drastically reduce) the walk of shame to the dumpster.

Chances are you already typed, "Why are my cookies flat?" into Google, and an entire list of possible problems popped up as to why your cookies are flat. I'm going to save you time and give you my top three steps to fixing flat cookies without bombarding you with the list Google will give you.

3 Tips To Fix Flat Cookies:

Flat cookies usually result from one of three variables: your butter, flour, rising agent, or a mix of all three.


Butter has a melting point of 90-95 degrees Fahrenheit. It also contains water. This means butter does not stand up to 350 degree heat as well as Crisco, which is 100% fat with zero water content and a melting point of 117 degrees. It can take the heat. (TIP: You can do half butter an half Crisco.)