For many of us Malaysians, purchasing cookies can cost from RM 0.20 per piece to even RM 8 per piece.
But what makes it so different?
Is it the flour? The sugar? Or the talented bakers?
One of the many factors affecting the rich and flavourful cookies (also the price of course) is the main ingredient used in the cookies, the BUTTER !
"For cakes, cookies, and pastries, butter (unsalted, that is) provides richer flavor. (It begins as cream, after all, and margarine is made from vegetable oil.) Butter's high fat content is also what gives baked goods their texture. Margarine, which can contain more water and less fat, may make thin cookies that spread out while baking (and may burn)." - All Recipes
And did you know that there's also a version of butter-margarine? A spread created with a combination of butter and margarine with different ratios based on the suppliers and recipes.
But how do we find out if the baked goods we're consuming is made from 100% butter? Some bakers in Malaysia choose to let their customers know freely so what we can suggest is to ask if they use butter or margarine in their baked goods - well at least thats what we get from our customers ;)