Creaming puts the air bubbles into the mixture. The baking powder only helps enlarge the bubbles, not make them. In cookies the creaming plays another essential role, which is to help dissolve the sugar. To cream the butter keep it cool and do it for a few minutes (at 65°F, harder in the summer).
Consequently, how long does it take to cream sugar and butter?
Instead, a moderate speed (typically speed 3-4 on a stand mixer) for 2 to 3 minutes is sufficient to get the aeration you're looking for. In the photo above, the softened butter and sugar were beaten together at high speed (10 on our KitchenAid stand mixer) for 5 minutes.
How do you cream butter and sugar?
Add your sugar(s)to the butter and gently mash it into the butter with the tines of a fork. With your wooden spoon,stir the butter and sugar(s) until they are light and fluffy. Use a rubber spatula to scrape the mixture off the sides of the bowl periodically.
What does butter do in a cookie recipe?
Because butter works in concert with other ingredients (like sugar, eggs, and flour) to give baked treats body and texture, it's important to fluff up butter with air. That's why the first step of most cookie recipes is to use a mixer to cream the butter. In most recipes, professional chefs use unsalted butter.