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Q&A: Does anyone have any tips on how to make a cookie bouquet?

Question by p: Does anyone have any tips on how to make a cookie bouquet?
I am going to try to make a cookie bouquet for my mom for mother’s day and wanted to see if anyone had an pointers. Should I bake the cookies with the cookie sticks in them or should i put the stick in after they are out of the oven? Do I bake them on parchment paper? What kind of frosting should I use? Any other pointers? Thanks!

Best answer:

Answer by Lexy S
You should definitely bake the cookies with the stick in them first. You can buy special pans for “cookies on a stick” that give a place for the opening. Use whatever frosting you would like! Just be sure that it hardens and doesn’t smudge. You can but hearty icings in tubes. To arrange, be sure to put a floral styrofoam base in the vase (used for flower arranging) to stick the sticks into. If you don’t have one of these, a great alternative is half of an iceberg lettuce head. This will hold the sticks nicely and you can place it in a basket with a nice ribbon!

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Specialty’s Tips : Cookies & Silicone Pans

Specialty's Tips : Cookies & Silicone Pans

The best way to remove your Specialty’s cookies from a Silicone pan.

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Tips for Making No Bake Cookie Bars

Discover how to make no-bake cookie bars that turn out right every time by watching these step-by-step instructions.

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Ask Nancy – Holiday Cookie Decorating Tips

When I think of Christmas I think of baking cookies. This podcast will give you easy ideas to add special touches to those simple baked treats. Use icing, sprinkles or colored dough to make unique holiday treats that are perfect for all winter celebrations.

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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:  By Nathalie Fiset
Published: 9/15/2007

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