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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Top 10 Cookie-Baking Tips

Top 10 Cookie-Baking Tips
Secrets to perfectly delicious cookies! From All Recipes

Baking cookies is relatively straight forward, but there are a few things you can do to make sure you turn out the perfect batch. Ten things you can do, as a matter-of-fact!

•Use the best quality ingredients. They'll produce the tastiest cookies.

•Always use large-sized eggs, unsalted butter and nuts, and pure extracts of vanilla or almond.

•Successful baking relies on the correct ratio of ingredients, so be sure to measure accurately.

•Most cookie recipes call for all-purpose flour. For the best results, lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup and level with a knife. Do not sift unless the recipe specifically says to do so.

•Unless you are baking with non-stick pans and cookie sheets, use parchment paper for stick-free baking and easy clean-up.

•Chill dough for cut-out cookies. Soften it up at room temperature for a few minutes before rolling out.

•Leave two inches of space between cookies so they don't spread into each other.

•Adjust baking times to achieve the cookie texture you crave. A little less time produces chewier cookies; a little more time makes them crispy.

•Bake bar cookies in the pan size indicated in the recipe.

•Cool cookies completely before decorating.

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