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Anna N   
8 minutes ago, kayb said:

Crumble them up and use them as a topping for a fruit crisp.

 

 Nice thought but nothing would crumble. It was very much like trying to pick up soft caramel  with inclusions. 

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Anna N   
10 minutes ago, JohnT said:

Anna, you appear to have the same problem as your previous batch of cookies you made that flattened out on you! I would be beating myself over the head with a frying pan if this happened to me a few times. Tell me, what brand of butter are you using? I ask this as in our part of the world there is a butter shortage. Our butter is the same as standard French butter - comes in a 500g brick and is hard out of the fridge. The other day I found a new batch at my supplier and bought a few bricks as it was in a different packaging - one I had not seen before. Fortunately I read the fine print when I arrived home and found that although it was packaged as "butter", it was actually a mixture of vegetable oil and butter "to increase the spreadability", as the fine print said. Totally useless for baking! I was wondering if your butter may not be pure and is softened somehow with an addition of vegetable oil or something else to make it run as soon as it is subject to heat. I returned mine to the supplier.

 Yes it is exactly the same problem I think. I even questioned the butter myself. It is not my usual butter, however,  it is a very reputable American butter (Wegman's)  and all the recipes are from American sources.  So I don't see that being the reason. 

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Anna N   

 So apparently I am a very slow learner.  I no longer believe there is a problem with the recipe or with my ability to follow one. It's my memory that's failing!   Didn't I explain earlier about my oven which was not behaving very well?   Certainly it does not work on convection mode. But I was preheating it on on non-convection mode and when the beeper went off to say it had reached the temperature of 350°F I went to put my trays in there.   But one extra neuron kicked in and I told myself to throw a thermometer into that oven and make sure that it was accurate.  It read 200°F despite the signal that it had preheated to 350. Therein lies my problem with spreading cookies I do believe.  So long as I remember never to trust that beep but to check the temperature with a separate thermometer I think I should be good. 

 

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 These are not the ones that went so badly wrong the other day but I doubt that it makes any difference as the recipes for oatmeal cookies are very close no matter which one you consult. 

 

 Thanks for everyone who tried to help. 


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kayb   

Well, I'm glad that mystery is cleared up!

 

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Anna N   
Just now, kayb said:

Well, I'm glad that mystery is cleared up!

 

 Me too. But I hope your memory is better than mine and that if this happens again you will shake me and ask me if I checked the temperature in my oven!  Bet I forget again. 

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kayb   

Perhaps between us we can generate enough brain cells to remember. If not, we will call on the others to help.

 

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3 hours ago, Anna N said:

 So apparently I am a very slow learner.  I no longer believe there is a problem with the recipe or with my ability to follow one. It's my memory that's failing!   Didn't I explain earlier about my oven which was not behaving very well?   Certainly it does not work on convection mode. But I was preheating it on on non-convection mode and when the beeper went off to say it had reached the temperature of 350°F I went to put my trays in there.   But one extra neuron kicked in and I told myself to throw a thermometer into that oven and make sure that it was accurate.  It read 200°F despite the signal that it had preheated to 350. Therein lies my problem with spreading cookies I do believe.  So long as I remember never to trust that beep but to check the temperature with a separate thermometer I think I should be good. 

 

 

 

 These are not the ones that went so badly wrong the other day but I doubt that it makes any difference as the recipes for oatmeal cookies are very close no matter which one you consult. 

 

 Thanks for everyone who tried to help. 

 

I'm glad you were able to solve that puzzle, it was clear that it had really gotten under your skin.

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