Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Cookie Baking Tips

"Tis the season to be baking, Fa la la la la la, la la la la"

Giving a batch of cookies you baked or some other baked good, is a perfect way to show someone you love them at Christmas.  

Below are a few of the baking tips I use when I am putting together my Christmas baskets.   
Sugar Cookies Tip:

To make it easier to roll out sugar cookie dough, place it between two sheets of waxed paper before you roll out the dough.  This will keep the dough from sticking to your rolling pin.

Roll out small batches of the dough and keep the remaining dough in the refrigerator until you are ready to use it.

Bar Cookies:

I like to line the baking pan that I use to make bar cookies in, with aluminum foil.  I cut a piece if foil several inches wider and longer than the pan, so I can easily lift the bar cookies out of it.  To form the foil to fit the pan, I turn the pan upside down, then mold the foil around it.
Flip the pan back over, and place the foil inside, pressing it into place.  Fold the excess foil around the outside of the pan.  You can grease the foil if the recipe calls for it, then bake as directed.  I have several pieces of foil formed ahead of time, so I can pull the baked bar cookies out of the pan, and place on a wire rack to cool.  I then place a new preformed foil liner back into the pan; then I can immediately reuse the pan without waiting for the cookies to cool first.
On Friday, I will be posting one of my favorite side dishes,
Wacky Wild Rice.

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  1. using foil for baking is a nice idea...
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Great tips that I will try Linda! I just bought the Silpat baking mats that you mentioned in an earlier post and will be trying them today. I always learn something new from you! Thanks!

  3. Never tried your wax paper tip, but I use foil like that all the time.

  4. What excellent ideas, will certainly use some of your tips. Diane

  5. Thanks Pam!

    Uma, the foil sure makes it easier to cleanup.

    Thanks Gloria!

    Pam you are going to love your new Silpat mat!

    Bo, I love to use foil whenever possible so the clean up is quicker.

    Thank you Diane!

  6. Great tips, thanks for sharing Linda!

  7. I learned of that aluminum foil/pan trick just the other day!! Great tips Linda, thanks for sharing!

  8. Love your great tips; just in time for Christmas baking. Am I ready? ...not quite.

  9. Good ideas !! My local supermarket has run out of muffin tins - I didn't realise how important a new muffin tin was for Christmas - seriously, it's great to see people baking their own stuff rather than just buying the factory produced junk that was probably made a month ago.

  10. Thanks Pamela!

    Jenn, I love using the foil! It makes baking bars even easier!

    Rita, I am not ready either! I still have shopping and baking to do!

    Thanks Brownvielle Girl!

    Jean,I hope you had a muffin tin at home and didn't want to purchase more! Our stores seem to be out of items I need often.

  11. Great tips for baking! I love to improvise too in the kitchen. Makes life easier for the busy cook! Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas to you!!!

  12. Now what fun is it rolling out dough if you can't get the dough wrapped all the way around the rolling pin two or three times? ;)

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