11.28.2011

Cookie Round Up

"C is for cookie. That's good enough for me."
- Cookie Monster

Can you believe it's almost December? I have been warned by the wise women around me that time will fly when I get "older". Well, I must be older now because this year just dashed by and December is beckoning at my door. And that means exchanging and eating lots of cookies.

So here is a round up of cookies for you and some tips on making yummy cookies.






Meyer Lemon Ricotta & Brownie Cookies

Helpful Tips on making yummy cookies

1. If you are making a large volume of cookies, use a kitchen scale to weigh your dry ingredients.
Print this baking conversion chart and convert your ingredients into weight rather than volume. It will save you a lot of time and your baking results will be more accurate.

2. Most cookie recipes can be mixed, made into dough balls, and refrigerated or frozen until ready to bake. Get a few cookie scoops to make it easier. Bake dough balls frozen and add few more minutes to baking time.

3. If you are not able to freeze the cookie dough (some recipes won't allow this) , measure dry & wet ingredients ahead, store in Ziplock storage bags until ready to bake.

4. When incorporating dry mixture into wet (butter, sugar, eggs), use folding technique using a rubber spatula just until flour mixture disappear. Over mixing or beating will result in tough cookies. In IPC kitchen, we use our gloved hands and gently fold in dry ingredients since we bake in large volume.

5. Use parchment paper for easy clean up! Parchment rolls in grocery stores are so expensive and so cumbersome to use. Look for paper & chemical companies in your Yellow Pages. They sell parchment paper sheets(or also called baking liner sheets) in a box of 1000 (16x24, I cut these in half to fit my cookie pans) for $40. I split this box with a friend and we have cheap parchment paper to last us several years. Or here is a package of 100 @ Amazon.

Have a wonderful December!
Let me preach to myself and say "Don't let the busyness make you forget the loved ones around you".


22 comments:

  1. Thank you Kay! I passing this post onto my family. Great tips, too.

    ReplyDelete
  2. These looks delicious. And you've just inspired me to see if I can get some friends together to do a Christmas cookie exchange. Thank you for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Sorry - meant these look delicious, not looks!

    ReplyDelete
  4. oh my gosh such beautiful cookies, great advice on the parchment, i go through alot.Great advice at the end also, taking time to remember what the season is all about,

    ReplyDelete
  5. I'm so glad you stopped by my blog because now I've found your wonderful site!

    I'm just starting preparations for holiday baking and fundraising events, and already your tips about the conversion chart and volume baking will help me out. Can't wait to read more.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Your recipes and tips have been bookmarked for a long slow read this afternoon. I hope you had a wonderful holiday and will enjoy the week ahead. Blessings...Mary

    ReplyDelete
  7. Can I tell you how much I love that Cookie Monster quote at the top of your post? It's making me smile big time. =) And the whole time flying faster and faster phenomenon . . . it's very real.

    ReplyDelete
  8. OMG oreo cheesecake cookies?!! wow!! can't wait to browse around- just found your blog!
    xo,
    minibaker

    ReplyDelete
  9. Hey, Susie, Laurie, B, Mary and Jenna! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! And De & Mini, so glad to connect with you. :) I think I gained about 5 pounds posting this cookie round up....stretchy pants are good for me.

    ReplyDelete
  10. I was literally JUST thinking to myself that I needed new cookie recipes! You read my mind, sister. They all look delicious, especially the Brownie Cookies! Thanks for the tips, as well! Looking forward to more Holiday recipe ideas!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Those pecan crunch cookies are calling my name, do you need my address? I do expect a cookie tin!

    ReplyDelete
  12. I loved the cookie round up....definitely going to make those oreo cheescake gems!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Oooh, all of those cookies sound amazing! I love all the fun treats that come along with the holiday season. And thanks for those tips! I definitely want to try and freeze some cookie dough this year.

    ReplyDelete
  14. These really do look wonderful. I also want to try freezing some cookie dough balls this year. I need all the "do ahead" tips I can get!

    ReplyDelete
  15. Wow, what a beautiful post with delicious looking cookies! I just want to have some now with a cup of hot tea right now. Great cookie baking tips too. =)

    ReplyDelete
  16. What a nice array of cookies~something to please everyone! I'm sure I would love them all:)

    ReplyDelete
  17. Love all of these wonderful ideas!

    ReplyDelete
  18. so many cookies, so little time. here's hoping we all have plenty of time for making and eating cookies with our families this holiday season!

    ReplyDelete
  19. What a great round up of cookies! All these look so delicious and will be handy for my holiday baking. Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  20. This is the first time I've been reading food blogs since I've been back to work and what do I see. Oy, I'm salivating! They all look so delicious!

    ReplyDelete
  21. I'm finally back to having time to look at blogs. Work has been intense. At this point, I only bake bar cookies. I don't have much ability to make all of the dough "plops" the same size, and then some are done faster than others. I just can't seem to make a pan without burning some of them, I also am not very confident about "time" when it comes to recipes. If it says "Bake 12 minutes" I am totally befuddled when they don't really take 12 minutes to bake. I would like to make cookies, but have now gotten myself totally freaked out by the concept and don't even try. I suppose it doesn't help that my husband is a great cookie baker and so is everyone in his family. Maybe one of those little scoops would help? Sorry for this long comment - but I just wondered if you had any more ideas?

    ReplyDelete