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Are Your Cookies Spreading Too Much?

If your recipe contains a lot of fat, such as butter or oil, your greased cookie sheet may be to blame. Instead, top your baking sheets with parchment paper or Teflon liners to help prevent…

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Baking with Parchment Paper

When baking cookies, I line the baking sheets with parchment paper. This helps brown the cookies evenly and saves cleanup time. —Mary Wilhelm, Sparta, Wisconsin

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Biscotti Basics

Biscotti is derived from "bis" (twice) and "cotto" (cooked). This crunchy confection has its roots in the Tuscan region of Italy in a city called Prato. Because it could be stored for a long time,…

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Chill Cookie Sheets When Making Spritz

Some recipes for spritz cookies say to chill the dough, but this makes pressing difficult. Instead, I chill my cookie sheets. The room-temperature dough presses out quickly, and the chilled sheets…

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Chilling Batter Before Baking

Chocolate chip cookies are a favorite treat for school functions and other kid-related events, but sometimes the batter spreads a little too thin while baking. I’ve found that if I chill the…

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Coating Cookies with Sugar

For cookies that are rolled in sugar, place five or six balls of dough at a time in a container of sugar; cover and shake to coat. It saves time, and your fingers stay clean. —Doris B., Ft.…

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Dip Cookie Cutter in Oil

Dip your cookie cutter in slightly warm vegetable oil for a crisper, cleaner cut. —Cathy T. Falkville, Alabama

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Freezing Baked Cookies

Store cooled, baked cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for about 3 days. To freeze cookies for up to 3 months, wrap the cookies in plastic, stack in an airtight container, seal…

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Freezing Cookie Dough

Most cookie doughs can be stored in the freezer. However, do not freeze dough containing sour cream or cream cheese. After mixing the dough, chill it in the refrigerator until firm. Then shape…

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Frosting Gingerbread Cookies

The Gingerbread Cookies are a lighter cookie when they are not frosted. If you want to dress up the cookies with some frosting, try pipping it on as an outline. For a country look, sponge some…

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