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There is no spectacle on earth more appealing than that of a beautiful woman in the act of cooking dinner for someone she loves.

Thomas Wolfe (1900–1938), U.S. author. The Web and the Rock, ch. 28 (1939).

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Top Ten Cookie Making Tips for the Holiday Season!

Cookies are a great treat to make during the holiday season. Wrap cookies in decorative bags or tins and you have got a great gift for your co-workers, neighbors and friends. Or, simply make a batch of cookies to enjoy with your family on a cold night with some warm milk! The following tips will help you ensure that your cookies turn out just right.

1. Measure flour correctly, too much flour will cause cookies to be too dry and tough. Also, do not over mix cookie dough, simply mix until flour disappears.

2. Use a cookie scoop to ensure cookies are the same size.

3. Chill dough before baking, especially for those cookies with very soft dough. By chilling the dough it will be easier to work with and will take better shape.

4. Ensure accurate oven temperature by using an oven thermometer. Also, you can reduce the oven temperature by 5 degrees to ensure that cookies do not over brown, especially at the bottom.

5. Soften butter at room temperature for about 2-3 hours, do not use the microwave soften butter!

6. Freeze cookie dough, this can save time and the cookies come out great! Freeze cookie dough in scooped size drops and then when it comes time to bake, add 2-3 minutes additional baking time.

7. Use insulated cookie sheets so that cookies cook evenly.

8. Use fresh ingredients! Fresh ingredients including baking powder, baking soda, vanilla extract, flour, sugar and spices will taste much better then using old ingredients from last year!

9. Set your timer for 1-2 minutes less then the time called in the recipe, this is because cookies will continue to bake from residual heat when you remove the cookie sheet from the oven.

10. Use a silicone rolling pin for cookies such as sugar cookies that you need to roll out the dough for. By using a silicone rolling pin you will minimize the use of flour, which will reduce the likelihood of cookies becoming hard and dry due to too much flour (see #1).

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One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.
Virginia Woolf (1882–1941), British novelist. A Room of One’s Own, ch. 1 (1929).