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Why do you cream butter and sugar together for cookies?

Many cookie and cake recipes call for beating together butter and sugar for several minutes until light and fluffy, a process known as “creaming.” Have you ever wondered why we do this?

Creaming butter and sugar serves two main purposes. First, it allows the sugar to be well dispersed throughout the batter and “dissolve” into the butter. Second, by beating together the ingredients until fluffy, it incorporates more air into the batter, making your cookies lighter in texture.

Even though you might be tempted to skip this step, it’s an essential part of getting the perfect texture in your cakes and cookies. Typically, the creaming process takes 7-10 minutes with an electric mixer so take your time and your patience will be rewarded.