How to Measure Flour
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Knowing how to measure flour seems like it should be obvious, but it’s not. Learn how to measure flour the right way so your recipes come out perfect every time!
Every year around this time, I start getting comments on some of my most popular posts. Most comments are good, but some say that the recipe didn’t turn out. Whenever I get those comments I try to troubleshoot with the commenter because I want them to be able to enjoy the recipe as much as I did.
The recipe that gets a ton of comments this time of year? Any of my snowball recipes. Those are a delicate cookie and until I posted the first one a few years ago, I had no idea that so many people didn’t know how to measure flour correctly.
If you’re making cookies and the batter ends up too crumbly and dry, chances are it’s because you aren’t measuring your flour correctly. You might be packing your flour (accidentally or unknowingly) and using too much, which results in a crumbly cookie dough.
How to measure flour the correct way
Ask yourself: are you SCOOPING or SPOONING your flour into the measuring cup?
If you’re scooping the flour, you might be using too much!
If you ask any “official” baker, they’ll tell you to use a scale to measure ingredients. One, ain’t no one got time for that and two, not everyone owns a scale. Most people do own measuring cups though, so you need to know how to properly get the flour into the measuring cup.
The rule of thumb when you’re measuring flour: fluff up the flour in the bin then SPOON the flour into the cup.
SPOON, don’t scoop. Let’s make a song!
If you do happen to have a scale, you can use that too. I did a test. I scooped a cup of all purpose flour and it weighed 5 ounces. When I spooned it, it was about 4.25 ounces. That might not seem like a big difference, but when you’re making a delicate cookie or crust, it’s a lot. Take my snowball cookies, for example. 2 1/4 cups of flour should be about 8.5 ounces, but if I had scooped it it would be over 11. That’s a huge difference.
SPOON don’t scoop. Just make that your baking mantra.
Oh, and I made you a video to demonstrate how to measure flour correctly: