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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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Dog Treat Recipes: Only The Best for your Best Friend

Dog Treat Recipes: Only The Best for your Best Friend

People always ask me to recommend some high quality treats for their furry friends and I always lovingly suggest that the best way to make sure your pup has the best is to read the labels! Make sure the ingredients in your treats are all natural. The fewest number of ingredients listed is always best. Also, a good rule of thumb is to make sure there is nothing in the ingredient listing that is hard to pronounce. Ingredients like: chicken, duck, lamb, rice, sweet potato – these are all excellent. Ingredients like By-Products, preservatives, and additives are usually to be avoided.

For those who have the time and want to experiment and make some treats for their dogs, here are some recipes I like:

Apple Crunch Pupcakes

2 3/4 cups water
1/4 cup applesauce, unsweetened
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup dried apple chips ( you can also use fresh fruit)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 egg, beaten slightly
4 tablespoons honey Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray muffin tin with cooling spray. Mix all wet ingredients thoroughly. Combine dry ingredients in separate bowl. Add wet to dry slowly , scraping well to make sure no dry mixture is left. Pour into muffin tins. Bake for 1 1/4 hours or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out dry. Store in a sealed container. Makes around 12-14 pupcakes.

Archie Squares

2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup powdered dry milk
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. brown sugar or honey
6 tbs. meat or bacon drippings, cold right from refrigerator, not melted or soft!
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/2 cup Ice water

Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly oil a cookie sheet. Combine flour, dry milk, garlic powder and sugar. Cut in meat drippings until mixture resembles corn meal. Mix in egg. Add enough water so that mixture forms a ball. Using your fingers, pat out dough onto cookie sheet to 1/2″ thick. Cut dough into squares appropriate for your dog size. Prick each cookie with fork. Bake 25-30 minutes. Remove from tray and cool on rack. Store in airtight container.

Bad Breath Banishers

2 cups brown rice flour
1 Tablespoon activated charcoal (find this at drugstores, not the briquets!)
3 Tablespoons canola oil
1 egg
1/2 cup chopped fresh mint
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
2/3 cup low fat milk

Preheat oven to 400F. Lightly oil a cookie sheet. Combine flour and charcoal. Add all the other ingredients. Drop teaspoonfuls on oiled sheet, about 1 inch apart. Bake 15-20 minutes. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator.

Bait Snacks

½ cup warm water
1/2 cup powdered dry milk
1 pound liver, chopped
½ cup wheat germ
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup corn meal
1 cup whole wheat flour

Liquefy liver and water in food processor. Pour into a mixing bowl and add all the other ingredients. Mix well and pour onto greased cookie sheet. Spread evenly. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Cut quickly into squares while hot (or use cookie cutter) . Store in freezer. Variation: You can substitute ½ cup peanut butter instead of the liver and garlic.

Banana Biscotti

5 cups flour
1/4 cup peanuts, chopped
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 egg
¼ cup vegetable oil
1 ½ cups banana, pureed
2 teaspoons vanilla
water

Preheat oven to 325F. Place dry ingredients in large bowl. Make a well in the center. Blend egg, oil and banana together. Add into the dry ingredients in well. start combining together. Add water, one teaspoon at a time as needed. Knead by hand on table until mixed thoroughly. Form into logs approximately 2″ – 2 1/2″ high. Flatten so that log iis 6″ — 7″ wide by 1″ high. Place on non-stick baking sheets or lightly greased ones. Bake 30 – 40 minutes. Remove and cool for 10 minutes. Slice into 1/2″ – 3/4″ slices. Place on baking sheets and bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool. Store in airtight container.

Bowser Biscuits

1 pkg. dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water
2 cups flour
2 cups warm chicken or beef broth
1 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup powdered milk
1 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup margarine or butter
2 cups cracked wheat
1/4 cup honey
4 cups whole wheat flour
1 Egg; Beaten

In small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. In large bowl combine broth, powdered milk, margarine, honey, egg. Add yeast/water and mix well. Stir in flour, cornmeal, wheat germ and cracked wheat. Mix well. Add whole wheat flour, 1/2 cup at a time, mixing well after each addition. Knead in the final amounts of flour by hand and continue kneading for 4-5 minutes until dough is not sticky. Pat or roll dough to 1/2″ thickness and cut into bone shapes. Place on a greased cookie sheet, cover lightly and let set for 20 minutes. Bake in a 350F. oven for 45 minutes. Turn off heat and leave in oven several hours or over night. Makes approximately 3 1/2 pounds.

Cheese Multi-Grain Dog Biscuits

1 cup uncooked Oatmeal
1/4 cup butter or bacon drippings
1 egg, beaten
1 1/2 cups hot water
1 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup powdered Milk
1 cup wheat germ
4 oz (1 cup) grated cheese
3 cups whole wheat flour

In large bowl pour hot water over oatmeal and butter/bacon drippings; let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in powdered milk, grated cheese, egg. Add cornmeal and wheat germ. Mix well. Add flour, 1/3 cup at a time, mixing well after each addition. Knead 3-4 minutes, adding more flour if necessary to make a very stiff dough. Pat or roll dough to 1/2″ thickness. Cut into shapes and place on a greased baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour at 300F. Turn off heat and dry in oven for 1 1/2 hours or longer. Makes approximately 2 1/4 pounds.

Cheesie Bacon Biscuits

3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 stick margarine, softened
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cups regular oats, uncooked
1 cup (4 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese
2/3 cup wheat germ
1/2 lb. bacon, cooked crisp, drained, and crumbled

Combine flour, soda and salt; mix well and set aside. Cream butter and sugar; beat in egg and vanilla. Add flour mixture, mixing well. Stir in remaining ingredients. Drop dough by rounded teaspoons onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350 for 16 minutes. Cool on baking sheet for a minute or so before removing to cooling rack.

Cheesie Bites

1 cup wheat flour
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon soft butter or margarine
1/2 cup milk

Mix flour and cheese together. Add the softened butter. Slowly add milk till you form a stiff dough. You may not need all of the milk. Knead on floured board for a few minutes. Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into shapes and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 350 degrees oven for 15 minutes. Let cool in oven with the door slightly open till cold and firm. Refrigerate to keep fresh.

Chicken Liver Cookies 

2 cups Flour
3 tbs. Vegetable oil
1 cup wheat germ or cornmeal if wheat allergies are a problem
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup chicken broth
2 tsp. parsley
1 cup cooked chicken liver, chopped

Combine flour and wheat germ. In separate bowl, beat egg with oil, then add broth & parsley, mix well. Add the dry ingredients to bowl a little at a time, stirring well. Fold in chicken livers and mix well. Dough will be firm. Turn dough out on lightly floured surface and knead briefly. Roll out 1/2″ thick and cut into shapes. Place on greased cookie sheet 1″ apart. Bake at 400F for 15 minutes or until firm. Store in refrigerator.

When you use premium ingredients and make these treats with love, your dog will be as thankful for having you around as you are for having him!

About the Author – Lisa M Andrews is an expert on healthy dog treats, gourmet dog treats, and recipes for treats for dogs. For more unique recipes for dog treats , contact Lisa!! She loves spending time with her 3 dogs and assisting dog lovers with finding the right dog treats for their pets’ health needs. She also enjoys talking with dog owners and hearing the stories about their favorite pets.

By Lisa M Andrews
Published: 8/06/2007

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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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It’s Girl Scout Cookie Season

Since we blog about amazing cookies, why not include Girl Scout cookies? They are addictive. One of my favorite cookies is the Samoa, otherwise known as Caramel deLites in some places. I thought they had changed the name, but I had no idea they were manufactured by two different companies.  It makes me wonder if they taste differently… hmmm….

For some reason, we’ve never had a girl scout stop by our house. I’m not sure why. We live in a neighborhood of children, so you would think someone would find us. Maybe they assume we’ve already been asked. Oh well, they are missing out on a big sale! I have been known to buy at least 10 boxes at a time. (We have a big family… or at least that’s my excuse. ha!)

I tend to find my Girl Scout cookies at my neighborhood Wal-mart. For the past two weekends, they have been camping out and finding me. Oh no! What is a person to do? I just can’t say no to those addictive little treats. I can eat the whole box in 5 minutes. Between thin mints and caramel delites, I’m in trouble! ;-)

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Macadamia Nut Heaven

Macadamia Nut Heaven

MacNuts are growers, processors and retailers of fine Australian macadamia nuts. We are based at Baldivis, some 50 kms south of Perth in Western Australia (see map for location). We welcome tourist groups for tours of our orchard and processing plant and we also have a shop on site selling a full range of macadamia nut products, as well as an online store so you buy Australian macadamia nuts online. Tea and coffee is also available.

Our macadamia kernels are all fresh, quality graded and selected Australian macadamia nuts. We have carefully selected and trialed our range of products, continuing production of only the most highly regarded product lines. All our packaged macadamia nuts are a mix of premium whole and half kernels which are available in 8 flavors as well as chocolate coated.

Sindhu’s Apricot Macadamia Cookies
25g Butter
2/3 cup raw sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 egg
3/4 cup plain flour
3/4 cup self raising flour
75g dried apricots, chopped
1 cup macadamias, chopped
1/2 cup rolled oats
2/3 cup coconut

Cream the butter and sugar, beat in the egg, add the vanilla, slowly add the flour, then add the remaining ingredients. Mix together. Roll out and cut into biscuit shapes. bake at 180c for 12-15 min

About the Author – MacNuts WA www.macnutswa.com.au By MacNuts
Published: 10/23/2007

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3 Great Preschool Cookie Day Activities

3 Great Preschool Cookie Day Activities

December 4th is National Cookie Day. Kids love cookies and will be excited to try these preschool cookie day activities. Try baking and decorating cookies with your children. Read stories about cookies and talk about which are their favorite kind of cookies.

Baking Cookies

If possible, bake some cookies with your children. Have the kids read the recipe and help measure the ingredients. Let the kids mix the dough together. You can find basic sugar cookie recipes in any cook book or on the Internet. The kids can spoon the dough onto cookie sheets. Have them use enough dough to make larger cookies, since they will be decorating them.

Once the cookies have cooled, the kids will enjoy decorating them. Provide icing and large craft sticks for spreading the icing on the cookies. Let them decorate the cookies with sprinkles or a variety of candies. If desired, have them make cookie faces with the candy. When they have finished, take a picture of each child with his or her creation. Display the pictures on the class bulletin board.

Play Dough Cookies

Make a batch of home made play dough. A good basic play dough recipe: one cup of flour, 1/4 cup of salt, one cup water and one table spoon cream of tartar. Mix all the ingredients and cook over medium heat. Cook the mixture and stir until it forms a soft ball. Knead the dough and add some food coloring. You can split the batch and make two colors. For play dough cookies, use brown for chocolate, pink for strawberry or leave half the batch without coloring for an off white color that works well for cookies.

When the play dough has cooled, the kids will have fun pretending to make cookies. Give them a variety of cookie cutters and wooden dowels for rolling the dough. Plastic knives or craft sticks can be used to cut the dough shapes. This activity is fun and also good for fine motor development.

Cookie Tasting Party

Have a party and let your children taste a variety of cookies. Bring in sugar cookies, chocolate chips, oatmeal or any other variety of cookies. Consider trying a few unique cookie recipes from other cultures. If desired, ask parents to bake and bring in cookies from their native country. This will expose the children to other cultures while having fun tasting cookies.

Let the children taste some of each type of cookie. You can make a journal sheet with each type of cookie. The kids can note whether they liked each type or not. When they have finished tasting the cookies, talk about the results. Graph each child’s responses on a large graph made from butcher’s paper. Which flavor was most or least liked by the children?

Anne-Marie Killer is the webmaster of http://funprintables.info where she provides a huge selection of high quality printables for ALL ages & ALL occasions for FREE. Come take a look.

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How Does Cookie Dough Fundraising Work?

How Does Cookie Dough Fundraising Work?

Cookie dough fundraising campaigns basically start with the task of finding a good fundraising company that will be able to supply you the high quality products that you need. Cookie dough is stored in tubs and they are typically frozen. This comes in a wide array of flavors that your customers will surely adore. Based on this, you will already know the high degree of profitability that cookies can offer you and your elementary school fundraiser.

Some of the most popular flavors of cookie dough include peanut butter, chocolate chip, and oatmeal raisin. When you choose a company as your supplier, be sure that it has a good selection of flavors so that you will be able to sell out the best or most profitable products, which will in turn allow you to cash in big time. A good criteria to set out is that a certain company must offer at least six different flavors so that you will be able to have a better appeal to your customers when you present them with your sales brochure or catalog. Next, be sure that the company that you will be hiring has a good set of sales materials that will allow you to make the task of selling products easier and more effective. The most basic of all sales materials would be brochures and catalogs.

Once you get to choose the company that you want and gather the supplies that you need such as order forms and brochures, then it’s time for you and your sales volunteers to head out and start making sales. Assign your sales volunteers to take in orders and to record them in a notebook so that they can easily trace orders later on. Once they get their customers to fill in the order forms, they can now ask for the payment up front. A few companies today are offering scratch-and-sniff cards in their sales brochures. Be sure to check if your supplier has these items as they will be a huge help to your customers in terms of helping them out with the flavors that they will be choosing and ordering from you. Through this, you will be able to save a lot of time from waiting for your customers to make a decision as to which flavors they will be purchasing.

When you are doing a sales fundraiser, a good to keep in mind is to set the length of your sales period. You can base the starting and ending dates of your campaign on your fundraising goal, which in turn is based on the amount of money that you and your sales volunteers need to raise. By having a specific time period for your campaign, you and your volunteers will have a good idea as to how much effort and how much sales you need to generate within a given week so that you can reach your goals and objectives effectively.

With regards to the amount of money that you will be able to make from selling cookies, you need not worry to much about this as to the reason that these types of products have an average profit margin of 30 percent to 60 percent.

The AIM Fundraising Company has been in the business of helping schools carry out cookie dough fundraising and other types of campaigns for a long time already. If you are in need of assistance for your next campaign, drop by the AIM Fundraising website and get the help that you need.

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Four Facts About Chocolate Chip Cookies

Four Facts About Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cookies are one of the most popular biscuits in the world – here are some interesting and fun facts about chocolate chip cookies, which include the difference between an American and an English Cookie, and how the cookie was born.

Ruth Wakefield of the Toll House restaurant is credited to be the first person to bake a chocolate chip cookie as we know it today. The chocolate chip cookie arose because she was actually a little bit lazy. Ruth decided to throw in small chunks of chocolate into her cookie mix assuming it would melt (and therefore produce drop cookies she was aiming for).   Ruth assumed the chocolate would melt and nobody would know the difference. For Ruth, it was a shortcut that really paid off. Her customers loved the chocolate chip cookie and the ‘Toll House Cookie’ was born. Nestle later bought the trademark.

In the UK, the term ‘cookies’ generally refers to Chocolate Chip cookies, and other forms of cookie are called ‘biscuits’ – in America, generally every type of biscuit is called a cookie.  

Cookies are very important in Pennsylvania – on February 7, 2001, the Cookie was declared the official cookie of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Historically ‘hardtack’ biscuits played a very important role in travel – they stayed fresh for long periods, and therefore were a great food with a very long storage life. For years when setting sail, one of the most important items carried on a ship was cookies. 

If you do love cookies, I recommend you find a place that serves handmade cookies – they’ll test much better than anything in a packet.

I love handmade cookies. I recommend you visit http://www.sobochocolate.com to find some handmade cookies made in London

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Cookie Decorating Book: Learn The Art of Decorating

Cookie Decorating Book: Learn The Art of Decorating

Cookies are delicious to eat and can be eaten any time of the day. Why not try making delicious cookies all by yourself. Today there are different types of cookie decorating book that can help you prepare delicious and yummy cookies. These books provide you with not only mouth watering recipes but also different ways of decorating your cookie.

Everyone likes to eat cookie especially children who may love to eat every day. Don’t you want to give tasty and decorated cookies to them or have it yourself? This book gives a different look to your cookies that attracts the attention of your guest. Moreover the tips provided in this book are simple and easy to understand.

Cook decorating book provides you essential tips and guidelines that can help you in decorating cookies. With the help of this book you can give an attractive look to your cookies. Purchase cookie decorating book to decorate cookies for Christmas celebration, birthday party or a picnic trip.

Cookie Decorating Book: Features
The main feature of this book is that it contains some of the best tips to decorate your cookies. Even though it acts as cookie decorator it is available at a very reasonable and affordable price. It contains step by step instructions and attractive pictures so as to render special guidance. It contains easy and simple project work for its user.

Cookie Decorating Book: Advantage
Cookies decoration book not only contains cookies decoration tips but it also provides various cookie making recipes, which is an added advantage. With the guidance of this book you can decorate the cookies in a unique manner.

You may have tried Cake Decorating Book or some other Decoration Books but it is the best time to try Cookie Decorating Book as it is available at best reasonable prices that make up your cookies. You can get wide collections in Cookie Decoration Book that makes your purchase beneficial.

If you are a professional cookie maker you can extract much greater benefits that enhance your professional skill. Decorate your best cookies just like your grandma use to decorate.

About the Author – By Isabella Rodrigues
Published: 5/22/2006

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Tips for the Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie

Tips for the Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie

There’s nothing better than eating a pile of chocolate chip cookies while drinking a tall glass of ice cold milk. Whether you are a kid or an adult, this time- tested recipe should bring a smile to your face and perhaps make you emit a contented sigh. Oh yes, we all know how to eat those little pieces of heaven, but how exactly do you make them?

Here are some tips to help you:

1) Use the freshest ingredients – This will definitely help you make sure that your cookies are of the premium grade. Remember that old computer principle “Garbage in, Garbage Out”? Well, that works with cookies, too. Despite how well you bake an item, if it’s made of crappy ingredients, it won’t turn out well.

2) Experiment – Although you might think that your grandma’s recipe is the best, you should definitely try to create your own variation of the cookie recipe. The most basic thing you can do is to change the amount of chocolate you put in. Remember that this affects not only the taste, but the texture of the cookie as well. Nestlé’s research once showed that people felt that the ideal cookie had to have sic to ten chocolate chips. Only a few people actually wanted more.

Another thing you can do is play around with different types of chocolate. Sure, it would be most convenient for you to use those pre-packaged chocolate chips, but in order to come up with the perfect cookie recipe, you have to live a little and do some hard work. Try chopping up a chocolate bar into chunks. You could also try to use candy-covered chocolate like M&M’s to top your cookies.

You should also experiment with other ingredients. Changing around the quantity of shortening, the butter and the shortening can affect the texture of the cookie. You should know that people have different tastes when it comes to the cookie’s texture. There are those who like it moist and soft while other like it dry and hard, providing great contrast with the milk and chocolate.

3) Storage – Chocolate has an unbelievably long shelf life. Milk chocolate can actually be stored for about six months, while dark chocolate can be stored for as long as a year. If you intend to store chocolate for your baking needs, you need to make sure that you follow the right procedure.

Store them in sealed containers so as to prevent moisture from seeping through and develop the whitish film called “bloom” on the surface. Although this film is harmless, it can be quite unattractive. You also shouldn’t expose your chocolate to hot temperatures. Although freezing is okay if you plan to bake with it, you shouldn’t expose it to temperatures above 78 degrees as this may cause it to melt.

You might think that there’s vary little difference between melted and solid chocolate if used for baking especially since you can just freeze it and it will turn solid again. However, you should realize that melting actually causes the cocoa butter to separate and your chocolate will lose some of its creaminess.

4) To nut or not to nut – Nuts can be quite controversial in baking a cookie. There are people who swear that nuts make all the difference in their baking while there are those who just hate it. Actually, most Americans prefer their cookies without nuts. This is primarily because of the texture.

If you want the nutty flavor without the texture, you should try grinding some nuts into the mixture instead of adding whole or chopped ones.

5) Burn, baby, burn – A burnt cookie is an inedible cookie. Although the best way to avoid burning your cookies is to maintain constant vigilance, there are a few other steps you should try out. First you should make use of a shiny baking pan. This will help prevent burning. You should also know that when you make use of thin pans, the cookies are likely to burn.

Another thing you should do is make use of only the top and middle racks of the oven. This will help you make sure that the chocolate chip cookies burn evenly and that none are exposed to too high temperatures.

About the Author – For more information on chocolate, please visit: http://www.chocolatedotcom.com/  By Nathalie Fiset
Published: 9/15/2007

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