How to Fix Crumbly Cookie Dough

How to Fix Crumbly Cookie Dough

Cookie dough can be a wild beast to tame. Just when you think you’ve got the perfect recipe, BAM—something happens, and it’s back to the drawing board. A common problem most bakers have: crumbly cookie dough.

Here at Doughp, you can guess that it’s happened to us before (after all, we didn’t get our creamy, edible cookie dough right on the first try). So, allow us to help you out when that cookie dough just won’t stick together.

Why is My Cookie Dough Crumbly?

There are many reasons why your cookie dough may be crumbly. The most obvious culprit: not enough liquid to keep the dough together. Double check all liquid ingredients. Did you accidentally skip an egg? Did you use teaspoons rather than tablespoons?  These can all have an effect on your cookie dough’s consistency.

Another reason your cookie dough may be crumbly is because you used too much of your dry ingredients. It sounds obvious, but even the littlest mistakes can cost you that sweet, sweet cookie dough. While this isn’t the end of your batch just yet, this is one of the harder reasons to reverse. Make sure to measure as best as you can next time! (Consider purchasing a kitchen scale—it’s more precise.)

The Fix to Crumbly Cookie Dough 

The most obvious and easiest fix is to add more liquid. Very slowly, teaspoon by teaspoon, add a liquid that you’ve already included to your dough. Mix after each teaspoon—you don’t want to over-saturate it and risk gooey dough. Don’t overmix, because this might lead to the problem you’re trying to fix! 

If mixing isn’t working, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and knead. After all, a lil TLC never hurt anyone. You’ll have more control over the process, which can help to get that dough back into shape. 

Long Story Short

If your dough is crumbly, it’s not the end! Follow the above steps, and you’re bound to have dough that works. If it doesn’t work, your next batch will be even better, right?

And hey, if you’re over working with dry dough, work with Doughp! Our cookie dough will never get dry on you, even if you’ve left it out for a few days or in the fridge for a week. Grab some Doughp today for the easiest (and freaking delicious) cookies you’ll ever make.




I’ve made shortbread for forty years. Had a pause of a few years and today made it again. Same recipe. The dough is very crumbly. Could it be a change in flour?

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