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Technique Tuesday: Homemade Cookie 101

Today is Homemade Cookie Day, and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than by baking some treats of our own. But before we get out the butter, sugar and cookie cutters, there are some tips, tricks and pointers that every baker should know.

 

 

Best Baking Tools

 

Start with a baking sheet and for rolled cookies, a rolling pin. Nonstick silicone baking mats are great because you don’t need to grease a cookie sheet or roll out parchment paper. They’re super easy to clean and double as work surfaces. For a uniform cookie size and shape, use a melon baller or cookie scoop, and you’ll have perfect dollops every time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Follow the Recipe

 

Unlike cooking, baking is more of a science, and requires you to follow the recipe down to that tiny 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg. Don’t use glass liquid-measuring cups for dry ingredients. Dry measuring cup sets allow you to scoop up dry goods and then level them using a straightedge, such as the back of a butter knife. Cool your hot cookie sheets in between batches, or else baking times and cookie shapes will be affected.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Store them Smartly

 

To make your cookies last, cool them completely before storing, or else they’ll turn soggy. You can freeze baked cookies in an airtight container up to three months, and you can freeze cookie dough in wax paper up to one month. Wanna send someone some edible TLC? Pack the cookies in cellophane bags, which will help keep their texture. Stack small, flat cookies in cupcake baking liners before packing in a tin, and always remember to follow up with your loved one to make sure your cookies aren’t sitting in a mailbox for too long!

 

 

 

 

 

Related Links

Stuffed Holiday Cookies

Build a Better Butter

A Chocolate Chip Celebration

 

National Sugar Cookie Day

Celebrate National Sugar Cookie Day with these bite-size treats. The best thing about sugar cookies? There’s no need for a new recipe, just pick out different cookie cutters, frosting colors and toppings for the different holidays. Our recommendation? Spend a night cutting, frosting, and sprinkling cookies with the kids and while you’re baking, share these fun facts with them!

 

-On September 5, 2001, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania adopted the sugar cookie as its official cookie.

-The sugar cookie as we know it today was created by Protestant settlers in the Nazareth colony of Pennsylvania in the 1700s. They baked their cookies in the shape of a keystone, the state’s symbol.

 

Try our Spice Girl Cookies! Tip: We added a dash of cinnamon for boost of flavor.

 

More Treats to Try:

Festive Cookie Recipes

Stuffed Holiday Cookies

Seasonal Chocolate Desserts

Source: ehow.com