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When counting out scoops of flour for our favorite cookie recipes, many of us just dip the measuring cup into the flour, and maybe just scrape a forefinger across the top to level it.

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But experts agree that flour should be “fluffed” first, then spooned into the measurer. Otherwise, you might be adding 20 percent more flour to your recipe as you compress the flour more with each dig. The idea is to get about 4.25 ounces in weight. Other than using scales, it’s the best method. When the cup is filled, level with a pallet knife. 

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