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How To Avoid Burning Your Baked Cookies

Scorching cookies is not exactly an exciting result that you want to achieve. So, just aren’t sure exactly why they came out burned? Clearly, there are several options and any kind of these can occur to anybody. Ok, I’ll provide a beam of optimism and convey just a few tips on how to not burn cookies on the bottom.

To start, have your range on the recommended recipe temperatures. The particular recipe provides you with the particular heat for a purpose, therefore preheat your stove and always make sure it is heated sufficiently. It is equally very good to be familiar with your oven’s hot areas simply because a good number of stoves tend to be erratic. One example is, We have a two ovens and realize for a undeniable fact that the particular cooker around the top side gets hotter more quickly and cooks sooner; the cookies around the top side will likely be finished ahead of the ones about the bottom side each as well as every time. While the actual recipe suggests 7 to 9 min’s, I recommend to begin with 7 min’s and after that keep watch over them from there. I am aware of for a certainty, that for my own appliances, it may take below the implied time frame for the cookies to cook around my ranges. Therefore i generally specify some time on the minimum point in time or even in the centre.

The key point to keep in mind is remember to first start your timer and look at the alarm clock once you set your cookies in to realize what time for you to remove them. Unless you begin a timer and do not check out the time clock, moreover you overlook your cookies, then do not be shocked as long as they do not turn up as you desire them: definitely not scorched as well as very brownish.

One more thing I discovered, in the past and fairly recently discovered, is that when you choose parchment papers, your cookies will never adhere to the baking pan and it requires a bit more time before they turn brownish as well as darken much more. Additional advantage to applying parchment papers is that you can certainly make use of it again any time you turn it over. Additionally, you may be using fewer as certainly as reusing as well as engaging in your own part for helping the planet.

Fun Things For Kids – Cookie Exchange at Preschool

Fun Things For Kids – Cookie Exchange at Preschool

Last year I had my first experience with Preschool. I have to say that at every turn I seemed to not be quite with the program when it came to the holidays and the treats or gifts that went with each one.

Halloween – My child got a goodie bag from each of the children in her class. We did not hand out any. We didn’t know that we needed to.

Thanksgiving – My child got a small gift from her teacher. We did not give her teacher anything. I didn’t realize that Thanksgiving was a gift giving holiday in school.

So, 10 weeks into the school year I am feeling very guilty about not knowing the protocol for holidays and gifts. I was determined to make amends in the upcoming holidays.

Christmas – My child got a gift bag from her teacher and a gift or card from each child in her class. I sat up until the wee hours of the morning with little foam stockings, foam letter and ribbon making a little personalized tree ornament for each of my daughters classmates. I also made a little picture frame for her teacher and included a picture of the two of them from the beginning of the year. Whew, I think that I did OK on that one.

Valentine’s Day – My child got a Valentine…AND a bag of treats…from each student in the class. I sat down with my child to help her print out 15 Valentine’s Day cards. She had to write TO: their name and FROM: her name. She is not great at printing small letters so she would run out of room…cry because it was wrong…start all over again. Good thing we had 2 boxes of cards. I also had to do 15 cards for my 2 year old. I did not know to send goodie bags for this one though.

Easter – My child got Easter treats from her teacher. She gave her teacher a special picture that she had colored. I hope that was good enough.

End of the Year – OK, this was the big one. My child got a gift bag and card from her teacher. I had gone out and bought a small set of candles ($10) for her teacher and the assistant. We also had to buy for my son’s teacher and assistant, the music teacher and the preschool director. I tried to pick out something that I would like as a gift from a student.

So, what conclusion did I come to? The expectations for gifts in PRESCHOOL (where we live) are ridiculous. Did I mention that I was the one doing all the work for the gifts that she was going to give out? Oh yeah, then there is the fact that all this gift giving can get a little costly!!

I am boycotting any gift giving this year. We are making cookies. All kids love cookies right?

For Halloween we made special cookies for the class. I bought the ones that come out of the “can” and have the Halloween decorations already in them. It couldn’t have been easier.

Didn’t have to do Thanksgiving because we were going out of town J Bonus for me!!

My enlightened moment came when I was contemplating what to do for Christmas. This is no way that I am going to have time to be “crafty”. We are going to have a COOKIE EXCHANGE in each of the kid’s classrooms!!!

Here is how it will work:

Each child will bring 2 dozen of their favorite cookies.

Now, I realize that the moms are going to have to do some work here but it will be faster than making decorations and cheaper than buying a gift. The great thing is that you can do this with your kids. My kids love to cook with me. There is always a mess to clean up but there are always smiling faces at the end of it. OK, back to the great idea!!

On the cookie exchange day the parents will send their child to school with the cookies and a plastic container with a lid.

The children will set out their cookies on a table and then go around the table with their plastic container taking 1 cookie of each kind until all the cookies are gone. They can put the lid on the cookies and bring them home. They can think of their friends and enjoy cookies over the entire Christmas Break.

I will get my daughter a package of Christmas cards so that she can write one for each of her friends and her teacher. Her printing is so much better this year but I will get big cards just in case J. There, the “gifts” are done.

So, I have saved myself time and money and therefore my sanity will still be in tact at the time of year I need it most.

I hope that many of you moms can relate to what I went through last year. I just don’t want to be the only one who feels like an idiot for messing up the gift and card thing. Please use this cookie exchange idea. Claim it as your own idea J I won’t mind a bit. Just promise me that you will let me know how it all goes.

Happy (a little bit more sane) Holidays!!

Dayna Palmer is a mother of 3 children – 1 girl and 2 boys – ages 5, 3, and 1 and lives in Roanoke, VA. She is actively involved in bringing parents and kids together with area businesses and organizations through her popular kids website. Dayna Palmer’s website Roanoke4Kids.com provides families with a local events calendar, kid friendly businesses and organization, job listings for childcare workers, a classified buy & sell forum and other local kid worthy information. RoanokeForKids.com is the only website in the Roanoke area dedicated to “all things kids”.

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Top Cookie Flavors for Baby Showers and Other Parties

Top Cookie Flavors for Baby Showers and Other Parties

Cookies are a very popular treat at any party event and as a snack in general. There are now hundreds of different types of cookies that can be served to your guests and at parties. In case you are having difficulty choosing which flavors to serve, here are the five most popular cookie flavors based on our research study:

1. Chocolate Chip – This should be no surprise but chocolate chip tops the list by a landslide. Every cookie maker offers chocolate chip cookies, a delicious combination of batter and chocolate. Chocolate chip cookies were actually invented in the 1900′s by Ruth Wakefield and have remain strong in popularity since then.

2. Fortune Cookies – Fortune cookies have also become popular at many occasions. A simple sweet cookie with a message inside that can be customized for any occasion. The history of the fortune cookie dates back to the 13th and 14th century, when secret messages were placed inside of moon cakes to coordinate an uprising against the Mongols, who were known to have no interest in lotus paste. In the mid 1900′s, Chinese railroad workers exchanged happy messages in biscuits instead of cakes for their moon festivals. The first automated fortune cookie factory was started in 1964.

3. Sugar Cookies – Sugar cookies are also popular and embody the simple sweetness that people often think about when they think about cookies. This cookie is one of the easiest to make and is a great treat at kid’s parties.

4. Peanut butter cookie – Peanut butter has become a favorite flavor among children and adults as well. Although use of peanuts in recipes dates back to the early 1900′s, it was not until the 1930′s when peanuts became a listed cookie ingredient. Since then, peanut butter cookies have enjoyed popularity at bakeries and cookie shops.

5. Oatmeal cookie – In today’s health conscious society, oatmeal cookies continue to remain popular. Although they are not entirely healthy, the typically contain less fat than other cookies and still taste great.

Other popular cookies include Oreo cookies, oatmeal raisin cookies, chocolate cookies, and Girl Scout cookies, which contain a variety of sweet cookie flavors. Whichever cookies you choose to have at your party, your guests are sure to enjoy this sweet delicious treat.

About the Author – Criss White is a professional web writer on baby and new mother topics for baby and pregnancy websites. For baby shower cookie favors, go to Baby Shower Cookies (www.mybabyshowerfavors.com/cookies.htm) and for more baby shower articles and ideas, see Baby Shower Ideas (www.mybabyshowerfavors.com/articles). Note: If you find this article useful, you may reprint it on your website, e-zine, or in your newsletter as long as the credits above remain in tact and the hyperlinks stay active. By Criss White
Published: 5/20/2005

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Gourmet Cookie Treats for your Sweetie

Gourmet Cookie Treats for your Sweetie

Gourmet cookies are a particularly delicious treat that are good for all occasions. Gourmet cookies may be served at parties, special occasions, and are great as gifts. Christmas, graduations, anniversaries, and other various holidays and occasions are ideal times for gourmet cookies.A gourmet cookie gift basket, tin or bouquet can be the perfect present for any occasion. Coworkers, grandparents and “hard to buy for” friends all think of it as the perfect gift. You can even order personalized gourmet cookie gift baskets for the person of your choice.

Cookie tins are given as gifts for Christmas, anniversaries, birthdays and as get well wishes. Holiday celebrations and office socials are ideal for giving a cookie tin filled with bite-size morsels for guests to munch on.

Bakers and caterers have found new, innovative ways to mold gourmet cookies into all shapes and sizes. For example, instead of giving your significant other a bouquet of flowers, get him/her a gourmet cookie bouquet.

The child in your life would love a plate of cookies in the shapes of favorite cartoon characters. If you’re celebrating a win at the big game, pick up a sports-themed cookie basket. The possibilities are practically endless when it comes to designing cookies.

In case you do not know what type of cookie someone prefers, you may also send them an assortment of various kinds of cookies. There are more types of gourmet cookies than you could possibly add up. There are the usual chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal raisin, and macadamia nut, and sugar cookies. Other favorite sorts of cookies include molasses, rangers, snicker-doodles, gingerbread, and triple chocolate.

For those who are keeping an eye on their weight, or perhaps cannot consume loads of sugar, it is possible to purchase, or make, low-fat or sugar-free gourmet cookies. While they won’t have quite the same sweet taste, they are still delicious. It is even possible to buy a low-carb cookie gift basket. Moderation in indulging is key: many people find it healthier and easier to stick to a healthy diet if they indulge infrequently, but with a high quality cookie.

If you want to make your own gourmet cookies but are a bit apprehensive, don’t worry, it’s not as hard as it sounds. Recipes for gourmet cookies usually aren’t much different from regular cookie recipes and can be found in cookbooks or online. You can buy or order a gourmet cookbook and can make your own cookies to your heart’s content.

You can bake your own gourmet cookies or pick them up at the local bake shop. Either way, they will have a decadent flavor that everyone will love. A tin or bouquet of gourmet cookies makes an excellent gift, a sinful snack to have on hand and one of the best desserts you can find. If you think that gourmet cookies are only for the rich and famous, think again. They are easily accessible, so treat yourself and your sweetie to a dozen gourmet cookies today!

About the Author – Contributor Shea Gyngell enjoys writing articles for a variety of popular Internet sites, on health and wellness topics.By Shea Gyngell
Published: 10/02/2007

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Christmas Cookie Decorating 101

Christmas Cookie Decorating 101

Many bakers ask for tips and instructions on decorating cookies. Well that’s a tall order because there are as many ways to decorate cookies as there are cookies! Here are a few guidelines for novices and experienced bakers alike to help you generate your own ideas for cooking decorating.

DECORATING COOKIES BEFORE BAKING

Cookies can be decorated before baking with materials that withstand the heat of baking. Some things that you can place on your cookies before baking are:

colored sugars or natural sugars such as pearl sugar jimmies, non-pareils, silver and gold drag饳, and other sprinkles raisins and dried fruits such as cranberries nuts These items can be placed on top of almost any cookie to dress it up a bit and give it a more festive appearance.

Paint a masterpiece
You can also paint your cookies before baking them. Make an edible food paint out of an egg yolk mixed with a few drops of food coloring and paint the cookies with a clean paintbrush. The paint will dry while baking and give the cookie a colorful, glazed appearance. This is a fun activity for kids!

A bit of trompe l’oeil
The folks at Better Homes and Gardens have a creative recipe for Colored Cream Dough ( http://www.bhg.com/bhg/) which is a dough of frosting consistency that can be piped onto cookies with a pastry bag fitted with a writing or star tip, and then baked. The result is a cookie that looks like it has been frosted but the frosting is baked on and hard.

DECORATING COOKIES AFTER BAKING

Decorating cookies after baking them requires that you apply some kind of liquid-based substance that will adhere to the baked cookie, or that will act as a glue to attach other items. Usually, this takes the form of frosting, icing, or melted chocolate.

Frosting vs. Icing
There is a big difference between frosting and icing. Frosting is thick and holds shapes like rosettes and shells like those you see piped around the edges of a birthday cake. It remains soft to the touch and has a creamy texture, and most people think it tastes better because of the creamy buttery flavor. Icing, on the other hand, is a thinner, more liquid substance, and as it dries it thins out, becomes very smooth across the surface of your cookie, and hardens. This is the icing to use for the most beautiful, professional results.

Working with frosting
You can use frosting in two ways. One way is to simply use a knife or rubber spatula to spread the frosting across the whole surface of your cookie. The other way is to place the frosting in a pastry or decorating bag fitted with a small tip and piping out thin lines or rosettes of icing onto the cookie. Either way, once the frosting has been applied to the cookie you can then further embellish it by using colored sugars, non-pareils, or any of the decorating items mentioned in the Decorating Before Baking section above. Christmas-Cookies.com has a delicious recipe for Buttercream Frosting at http://www.christmas-cookies.com/recipes/recipe.php?recid=306. See detailed instructions on piping frosting from Better Homes and Gardens at http://www.bhg.com/bhg/

Working with icing
Icing is a little more difficult to work with but its smooth surface produces the most beautiful results! Icing should always be piped onto a cookie because it will run off the edges if spread with a knife. Once iced you can apply silver drag饳, or other sprinkles just as mentioned with the frosting above, before it hardens. Christmas-Cookies.com has an excellent recipe for Royal Icing at http://www.christmas-cookies.com/recipes/recipe.php?recid=42. There is also a recipe for Powdered Sugar Icing ( http://www.christmas-cookies.com/recipes/recipe.php?recid=288 ) that dries less hard than Royal Icing and has a shiny surface. Martha Stewart’s website features an excellent article on how to pipe icing onto cookies for professional-looking results ( http://www.marthastewart.com/page.jhtml?type=content&id=channel172011&catid=cat258 ).

Melted chocolate
Just about any cookie can be embellished simply by dipping it in chocolate or drizzling chocolate over it. You can even dress up the everyday chocolate chip cookie for gift-giving or serving at parties. Melting chocolate is a simple process, but a few rules must be followed in order to make it a success. For Easter, try using white chocolate tinted in pastel shades with food coloring. Use the gel, paste or powdered kind of food color, because the liquid drops may make the chocolate seize up.

What you need
You can either use chocolate chips or baking chocolate (the kind that comes in 1-ounce squares) and the same process applies whether you use dark chocolate or white chocolate. A small amount of shortening should be added at the ratio of 2 tablespoons shortening for 1 cup of chocolate chips or chopped up baking chocolate.

Double boiler
Place chocolate and shortening in the top half of a double boiler or in a metal bowl that has been placed on top of a saucepan filled with hot water. The water must be very hot, but not boiling, because the steam generated by boiling water could get moisture into the melting chocolate which makes it curdle. Allow the chocolate to melt over the hot water and stir it occasionally until it has achieved a liquid consistency.

Microwave
Place your chocolate and shortening in a microwave safe bowl and microwave it on medium power for 1 minute. Stir. Continue microwaving 20 seconds, stir again. Keep doing this until the chocolate is almost melted. Remove it from the microwave and stir it until completely melted.

Dipping
Dip one end of your cookie, or half the cookie, or even the whole cookie into the melted chocolate. Set the cookie on a wire rack to let the chocolate harden. If you wish, you can sprinkle chopped nuts, coconut, or non-pareils over the melted chocolate before it hardens.

Drizzling
Scrape melted chocolate into a Ziploc baggie. With a sharp scissors, snip off a very small corner of the baggie. Drizzle top of cookies with zigzags of melted chocolate. Cool until chocolate is set.

Mimi Cummins is co-author of the book Christmas Cookies Are for Giving: Recipes, Stories and Tips for Making Heartwarming GiftsBy Mimi Cummins
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What Makes A Great Cookie?

What Makes A Great Cookie?

Quality ingredients and quality bakeware are probably the two most important elements in making a quality cookie. I’ve noticed a lot of bakers will purchase store brand ingredients like chocolate chips, coconut, oatmeal, raisins, butter and other important cookie ingredients. Think about what you are doing. What would you enjoy more, a cheap store brand chocolate bar or an expensive top brand chocolate bar?By Frank H. Carter
Published: 8/29/2007

Cheap ingredients make a boring cookie. Like everything else in life, you reap what you sow. Why waist your valuable time and energy baking cookies no one will like, not even yourself. You can taste the difference. Cheap tastes cheap and quality taste like quality. When you purchase brand x Oreo knockoff cookies, do they taste as good as the real thing? I don’t think so.

I’m not a cookie chef, but I’ve tasted a lot of really bad cookies in my lifetime. Usually given as a gift from a neighbor with good intentions. During the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays our house fills up with goodies from neighbors and friends. Most of the goodies are cookies. Generally 50% of the cookies we get are not fit for human consumption. Don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful for the thoughtful gift, but let me make a point. If you take the time to follow a tried and proven cookie recipe and use quality ingredients, how much more enjoyment will come out of your gift.

The quality of your baking supplies play a part, although quality ingredients play a big part in delicious cookies. A good quality cookie sheet will give you an evenly baked cookie, unless you didn’t follow the baking instructions. The best cookie sheets are the heavy commercial ½ sheets. Take all your thin cheap cookie sheets and give them a toss in the garbage. You will always have a struggle realizing a perfect cookie from one of those devices.

Some of other devices used in baking cookies may or may not have an effect on the outcome of your cookie. If your time and effort is of any value, quality appliances and accessories can play a big part in an enjoyable baking experience. I don’t want to name names, but KitchenAid by far has the best stand mixer. The 5 quart or 6 quart mixers make mixing ingredients a breeze. They also have a great array of attachments and accessories.

Using a small ice cream scoop to measure out your cookie dough will give you professional looking results. There are many sizes and makes of scoops on the market. Buy a couple of different sizes; you will probably find a use for all the sizes.

Finally, let use put what I’ve said to practice. Again, I may not be a professional chef, but I know my cookies. So if you will follow these simple rules and advise your next batch of cookies should be a success. In fact try this recipe, which by the way is my favorite, and see and taste the results for yourself.

Susie’s Chocolate Chip Cookie

1 3/4 cups butter 1 3/4 cups brown sugar 1 3/4 cups sugar 3 eggs 2 tsp. vanilla

Cream together thoroughly and then add:

3 cups old-fashioned oats 3 1/4 cups flour 2 tsp. salt 1 1/2 tsp. soda 1 cup chocolate chips 1 cup pecan or walnuts 1 cup coconut

To keep your cookie from spreading out too much place the cookie dough in the refrigerator of a couple of hours before baking. I like to make these cookies big. Scoop out by spoonful onto a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 375°. Place the cookie sheet on the middle oven rack. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. All ovens bake a little different so keep an eye on your cookies.

Susie’s web site is all about baking delicious cookies, like the peanut butter cookie recipe and her list of baking supply products. We give you all the kitchen utensils and recipes you will need to be a successful baker.

About the Author – Frank Carter is the husband of the greatest cookie baker known to man. At least he would stake his taste buds on it. He started this web site to share his wife’s wonderfully delicious cookie recipes and her passion for baking.

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