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When Did Nuts Get Introduced to Cookies?

Andie712b 150x150 When Did Nuts Get Introduced to Cookies?An increasing number of cookie recipes contain nuts. These days, you’ll find chocolate chip cookies with nuts as well as decadent treats like macadamia nut cookies in the top ten of almost every major cookbook. While nut cookies certainly aren’t a new addition to the world of cooking, they’re more popular than ever. Wondering how they got their in the first place? Here’s a quick overview. Cookies 101 Cookies that even resemble those treats we have today didn’t appear until the 7th century. Sugar had become fairly common throughout Persia, and they were creating a wafer that could be used to travel. They began to spread throughout the region, and by the 14th century, almost every European region had them at all ranks of society. They traveled quite well, and one of the most popular Read more

All About Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster

sesame street1 150x150 All About Sesame Street’s Cookie MonsterThose who grew up in the 1970s know Cookie Monster from the children’s show Sesame Street very well. This loveable fuzzy blue puppet monster made eating cookies an art form. Now, another generation of kids has come to know and love Cookie Monster. Cookie Monster, affectionately known as Cookie, was born on November 2, 1966, and loves eating cookies. But since 2006, he has also come to love crunchy fruits and vegetables like eggplant (so children don’t think they can eat only cookies like the Cookie does). Due to high rates of childhood obesity, Cookie has now been heard saying, “Cookies are a sometimes food.” Jim Henson, who created The Muppets also created Cookie. His voice was the work of Frank Oz until 2002. From 2002 to 2010 Cookie’s voice has been performed by David Rudman. Read more

The Most Valuable Cookie Jars

fred wilma cookie1 150x150 The Most Valuable Cookie JarsStarting a cookie jar collection can be fun, and it might take you on a trip through America’s most wonderful times. Cookie jars of the past are now highly sought after collectibles - they're no longer just for holding cookies! You should know what you’re looking for if you intend to collect for top dollar, but you can also just have a good time picking up cookie jars that appeal to you for their color, style, or size. If it is a birthday gift for a family member or friend, be sure to look into their current cookie jars and find out what draws them personally to a cookie jar. What are some of the most valuable cookie jars? They’ll have been made by the Nelson McCoy Company in Roseville, Ohio. This company made the now famous Roseville pottery and also some of the most widely collected Read more

Must Have Cookie Baking Tools

baking supplies1 150x150 Must Have Cookie Baking ToolsIf you’ve always wanted to become an expert home baker - the one that everyone requests cookies from, or the one who is known for their cookie gifts - then you need to stock up on a few tools. It’s not hard to learn to bake delicious sweets that come out perfect every time. Having the right equipment can certainly help. You’ll need good baking sheets. These are a requirement if you’re going to bake anything at all. If you want the best pans, you need to know about the different types. There are aluminum pans that are light in color that are perfect for most baking applications. Professional bakers use them because of their even cooking properties. AirBake pans hold air between two layers of aluminum. These are ideal if you want cookies that don’t burn as easily. The air flows between Read more

AirBake Versus Non Stick Cookie Sheets

non stick cookie sheet1 150x143 AirBake Versus Non Stick Cookie SheetsConfused by all the names out there for what we used to call cookie sheets? There’s AirBake, non stick, French steel and more. If you just want to bake a great batch of cookies, you don’t really care about fancy names, but you should know which sheets will get you the best results. Take a look at the differences between AirBake and non stick cookie sheets. These two are the ones you’ll most likely encounter in the stores and will want to have some idea about. AirBake AirBake cookie sheets are a relatively new invention. These cookie sheets work wonders when it comes to keeping cookies from burning. If you’re the type of baker who always gets frustrated by burnt bottoms and gooey tops, these are the pans for you. The reason they work so well is because of the ingenious design. The Read more

Tips for Buying Cookie Sheets

cookie sheet 21 150x150 Tips for Buying Cookie SheetsA baker is only as good as his or her tools. If you have rusty old bent-up cookie sheets, then perhaps it’s time to go out shopping for some new ones. Having the right cookie sheets can make all the difference between burnt or undercooked cookies and bakery-fresh cookies that look, smell, and taste amazing. Aluminum Aluminum baking pans are a favorite for many reasons. Their light color makes it less likely that your cookies will burn. They don’t scratch as easily as Teflon will. However, they will require greasing most times. And if you leave them in the oven too long with cooking spray on them, they will develop a sleek, greasy, burnt area where the cooking spray has crusted over. This makes for ugly cookie sheets. But you can still use them without any harm. If you want to get that Read more

Butter vs. Margarine vs Shortening: Which is better in cookie baking?

smiley face cookies1 150x150 Butter vs. Margarine vs Shortening: Which is better in cookie baking?Many bakers seem to put butter, margarine, and shortening in the same interchangeable category. They use whatever they have on hand and hope for the best. But, unfortunately, baked goods won’t turn out correctly if you start to substitute these three important fats. If a recipe calls for a certain one, use it. Baking is based on chemistry and you’ll throw the delicate balance out of whack if you start making up your own substitutions. The three fats mentioned here - butter, margarine, and shortening - vary in their moisture and fat contents. And since baking is such a regulated science, each ingredient has a part to play that can’t be played correctly by any other. Butter and margarine are up to 80% fat. You need that fat in order for your baked goods to turn out like the recipe dictates. Read more
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