Top Tips to Follow for an Excellent Cookie-Baking Season

With all the holidays coming up, it’s time to take out the oven tray and baking sheets! Although some might have mixed feelings about fruitcake and some people don’t enjoy flan, it’s a given that most people love cookies! There are many varieties of this lovely dessert, but there are several tricks to use to make sure that they come out just right!

Chilling the Cookie Dough

When making cutout cookies, it’s advised to chill the dough before cutting the shapes out. Chilled dough will hold the shape better and the risk of the dough stretching or breaking is lower. Additionally, regular cookie dough should be chilled as well so that they don’t completely melt during the baking process.

Cookies in a plate
Top Tips to Follow for an Excellent Cookie-Baking Season

Removing Excess Flour

If too much excess flour is left on the surface of the cookie, it can be removed with light brushing using a dry pastry brush. The brush is soft enough not to damage the cookie and it will effectively remove the excess flour so that the baked cookie doesn’t have a dusty feel.

Pastry brushes
Top Tips to Follow for an Excellent Cookie-Baking Season

Roasting the Nuts First

If the cookie recipe calls for nuts, there is a trick to getting the most flavor out of them. If the nuts are roasted first, they will be much more aromatic and fragrant. The trick is to use a dry, non-stick pan for the roasting process. It’s best to use medium heat and pay close attention to prevent burning. If the nuts had skin, it would be easy to remove once they have been roasted. That way, the bitterness from the skin won’t get into the cookie dough.

Nuts
Top Tips to Follow for an Excellent Cookie-Baking Season

Working With Sticky Ingredients

Some cookies require ingredients such as honey or molasses, which are notoriously sticky. As baking and guessing don’t go together at all, these ingredients, like all others, will need to be measured. To prevent them from sticking to the measuring cups and to make sure that all the measured ingredients come out, one can spray the measuring cup with vegetable oil first.

Honey
Top Tips to Follow for an Excellent Cookie-Baking Season

Most Cookies Can Be Frozen

Yes, it is possible to make too many cookies, but that’s ok. Most types of them can be stored safely for a very long time and some can even be frozen. Using packing products that can be sealed to prevent leaks and air from entering is a great choice for cookie freezing. The best practice is to store them in groups of four to six so that it’s easy to take out only the required amount later on.

A box of chocolate chip cookies
Top Tips to Follow for an Excellent Cookie-Baking Season