Baking 101: Simple Tips Worth Trying
• Chill cookie dough before rolling. This will give you an opportunity to wrap a gift, or watch a holiday favorite with your little ones (we recommend A Muppet Christmas Carol).
• Roll smaller rather than larger pieces of dough; keep unrolled dough chilled until you’re ready to work with it. In addition to better baking, this will also help you keep your mess contained and make clean up simpler.
• Bake and cool three or four test cookies before baking the whole batch. If you have made a mistake (like not adding enough butter or sugar), test cookies will let you know and can save you from throwing out a lot of cookies.
• Roll out your dough and cut cookies directly onto a sheet of parchment to fit your cookie sheet. This is a great idea if you’ve got little ones helping – it can be hard to delicately move a piece of cut cookie dough onto a cookie sheet, so take it out of the equation and cut right onto the sheet.
• Leave enough space between cut shapes for the cookies to spread when baked. Spoken from experience. We’ve had Christmas trees turn into giant blobs. Much less festive than intended.
• The bigger the cutter, the simpler your cookie will be to decorate. Again, if you’re baking with little ones, this is a must-do. Plus, you end up with a bigger cookie to eat! We hope you and yours have a wonderful and delicious holiday season!
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