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Posted on 10 January 2012 by admin

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Macaroon Cookie Recipe

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Macaroon Cookie Recipe

Posted on 08 January 2012 by admin

Macaroon Cookie Recipe can be prepared with just a little effort. These like all classics are a little temperamental: you have to pipe them out onto the baking sheet. High humidity will definitely destroy the batter, so make them on a sunny, dry day. Despite all that, there’s a big payoff: a moist, domed almond cookie that’s perfect with a bowl of berries. Makes about 30 cookies. Ingredients and simple directions:

MACAROONS COOKIE RECIPE

INGREDIENTS :

One 7-ounce tube almond paste
1 cup sugar
2 large egg whites, whisked until foamy in a small bowl, at room temperature
1/4 teaspoon salt, optional

DIRECTIONS :

Position the rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
Place the almond paste and sugar in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer at medium speed until well blended, in soft but dry pieces, somewhat like the feel of Play-Doh but not smooth or creamy, about 5 minutes.
Beat in the egg whites in 1-tablespoon increments, making sure each is fully incorporated before adding the next and scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. When all the egg whites have been added, beat until the batter is the consistency of caulk or grout, a little grainy but very smooth, and able to hold its shape.
Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto the prepared baking mat. Alternatively, fill a pastry bag fitted with a 8(5⁄8-inch) tip with the batter and pipe out small kisses that have about 11/2 teaspoons batter in each; swirl the bag at the end of each dollop to create a twisty topknot on each macaroon.
Bake until lightly browned and a little cracked but still soft to the touch, about 8 minutes.

To cool:

Let the cookies stand on the baking sheet for 4 minutes before transferring with a metal spatula to a wire rack to cool completely.

Cool the baking sheet for 5 minutes before making more macaroons; replace the parchment paper if it’s frizzled or browned.

To store:

The macaroons can be kept at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days; freezing is not recommended.

Chocolate-Dipped Almond Macaroons : Melt 6 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate in the microwave on high or in the top part of a double boiler over simmering water just until there are still some chunks left; remove the chocolate from the heat and continue stirring until fully melted. Lay a large sheet of wax paper on your work surface, then dip the bottoms of the cooled cookies into the melted chocolate. Let the excess drizzle back into the bowl, then set the cookies on the wax paper to firm up, about 1 hour.

Follow the easy directions.Lots of fun preparing Macaroon Cookies  and Bon Apetit.

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Paleo Cookies ? Even the Cookie Monster Would Approve this Paleo Cookie Recipe!

Posted on 04 January 2011 by admin

If you’re looking for a yummy paleo cookie recipe, then raise your hands in delight right now because that’s what I’m going to share with you today!

But I got a little story to tell so hear me out please…Just feel like getting it off my chest is all.

You know, I was watching Sesame Street with my niece recently and the cookie monster came on screen bellowing his infamous lines:” Me want paleo cookies!”, “Me eat paleo cookies!”

Well…Alright, he didn’t actually say “paleo” cookies. My mind was kind of messed up at the time. I was so obsessed about finding paleo cookie recipes!  

You see, the Paleolithic diet lifestyle was driving me nuts!

Now, this is a very healthy diet and after being a “caveman” for a couple of months, I see marked improvement in my physique as I’ve finally lost some body fat and feel more energetic.

But the problem is…

I was getting a little tired of eating boredom-induced paleo meals. I couldn’t find any decent dessert recipes done caveman style. Specifically, I wanted cookies for dessert…

So I asked myself, “For the love of everything holy, how on earth do I make some paleo-friendly cookies?” And I also wanted some decent dessert recipes.  I had enough of eating fruits after every meal (healthy yes, but I wanted something new for a change)!

Luckily, I found several paleo diet cookbooks containing hundreds of recipes and guess what?

They got paleo cookies in there (JOY)!

The cookbooks are available as download only. If you’re crazy about paleo desserts like me, then rejoice again because they have great stuff like choco and coconut custard, marzipan, nut balls etc along with paleo breakfast, dinner and lunch recipes. It’s all there.

Follow this link if you’re interested in those cookbooks…

Okay that said; let’s learn how to make some sinfully delicious hazelnut paleo cookies ASAP!

Ingredients:

•    Hazelnut meal (2 cups)
•    3 egg whites
•    2 tsp of ground cinnamon
•    1 ½ tsp of ground nutmeg
•    2 tbs of melted honey

Directions:

•    Use a fan-forced oven and pre-heat to about 180 °C.

•    Drop everything in a mixing bowl except for egg whites. Combine those ingredients well.

•    Use another bowl to beat the egg white until stiff peak forms. Now, nicely and gently fold the beaten egg whites into the hazelnut meal.

•    Lay a sheet of baking paper on a baking tray. Put small pieces of mixture on the tray and finally, bake in the oven until it looks brown and crispy (approx 15 minutes).

Now enjoy some hazelnut paleo cookies that I reckon even the cookie monster would approve!

And if you’re interested in making more delicious Paleolithic recipes like rustic, hot and spicy chicken salad, mango sorbet, along with other fancy paleo desserts like lemon tarts, cherry balls etc. Follow this link: http://www.paleorecipecookbooks.info/

Sam Hutchinson

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Easy Cookie Recipes Make for Fun in the Kitchen

Posted on 04 January 2011 by admin

Admit it:  You love cookies.  I love cookies too, and I’m not ashamed to admit it.  I mean look – they’re tasty, sweet bites of perfection, when they’re made right – and that makes for a wonderful meal-ender.  If you’re like me, then time is at a premium, and you don’t have a whole lot of it to spare on recreational things like baking cookies.  That’s why I’m always on the lookout for easy cookie recipes…in particular, quick easy cookie recipes!

Another reason I look for easy cookie recipes is that I have a 3-year-old son who loves to cook and bake, whether in his own little pretend kitchen (which has an oven, a stove, a sink, and a refrigerator) or for real with Mommy and Daddy.  He stands on his stepstool and proudly wears his monkey apron to help measure, pour, mix, and whatever else we’ll let him do.  One of the funniest things is that when he’s cooking in his own kitchen, he narrates what he’s doing.  Take THAT, Next Food Network Star wannabes!

Not too long ago, I found myself searching for some easy sugar cookie recipes, thinking they would be a refreshing change from the usual chocolate chip cookies that we make.  Not that there is anything at all wrong with chocolate chip cookies – we all love them at my house – but I figured it would be a good idea to  introduce my son to the wider world of easy cookie recipes that’s out there.   There are dozens of easy sugar cookie recipes out there on the web, so that’s a great place to start.   Even though this Traditional Rolled Sugar Cookies might look like it’s complicated, it really does fall into what I would consider an “easy sugar cookie recipes” category.  You basically just mix the stuff, stick it in the fridge, then roll it, cut it, and bake it.  Of course, the most fun part of making these is the decorating, and since my little guy loves his art projects, we’ll go with the edible paint.

In my quest for easy cookie recipes, I’ve also found some that don’t even require baking.  They do require some stovetop time, but even that is minimal.  I think this no-bake thing seems like a pretty good idea.  Plus, these seem to be super easy cookie recipes, with most of them having the same basic ingredients.  My son will still get to help “cook,” naturally, even though there isn’t a whole lot of cooking involved.  He is an excellent mixer, and maybe I’ll let him help spoon the cookies onto the cookie sheets.  That should be interesting!  Messy, but interesting.  I sometimes think that the messier he gets, the better day he has had!  He is a lot like Adrian Monk (of TV show fame), so I’m sure he’ll want to wash his hands at the first possible interlude.  That’s OK – I think my younger son is heading to be the opposite, but at least I’ll have one clean kid!

Nina Hoffman is Editorial Director for Prime Publishing LLC, owner of RecipeLion.com. We have thousands of free recipes, cooking tips, easy quick recipes and food information. If you want to make it, then let RecipeLion show you the recipe. Discover your inner chef at http://www.RecipeLion.com.

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Paleo Cookie Recipe ? How to Bake Some Extremely Yummy Paleo Diet Cookies

Posted on 04 January 2011 by admin

Oh man, I just had some paleo diet cookies and they were reeeeeally delicious! I’m very pleased that the whole batch turned out alright, so you know what I’m going to do now?

Well, I’m going to share this extremely yummy paleo cookie recipe with you. I want you to try out this paleo cookie recipe and then go right ahead and spread the joy…

Yes spread the joy my friend! Meaning you should share the cookies with your loved ones, family, friends, your pet tortoise or hamster, whatever…It’s all one love from here on out!

You know, my fiancé used to chide me for going on the paleo diet. She said “the caveman diet” was boring because you can’t consume pasta (her fave food), preservatives, rice and other staple foods of most people on this planet.

So when I said to her I wanted to try this paleo cookie recipe, she just scoffed and said it’s going to taste “really bland” like most paleo diet meals.

Now, what she didn’t know is that I had downloaded a collection of Paleolithic diet cookbooks. I’ve tried some of the recipes in those cookbooks and they tasted fine. That gave me the confidence to give this paleo cookie recipe a test drive!

You can check out the cookbooks by visiting this link: Downloadable Paleo Cookbooks Set

Alright, I apologize for blabbing too much. Here’s the paleo cookie recipe. Try it!

You’ll need – – > 2 tbs arrowroot powder, 1 cup coconut flakes, ½ cup of maple syrup, ½ tsp organic kelp salt alternative (or just use the regular one if you like), ¼ cup of sesame seeds, ¼ cup of sunflower seeds, ½ cup of finely chopped pecan, 1 tsp of vanilla essence, 4 egg whites

Directions:

(1)    Beat the egg whites until stiff peak have formed.

(2)    Dry fry coconut flakes, pecan and seeds until they become slightly brown.

(3)    Drop arrowroot powder, salt and egg whites in a bowl and combine well.

(4)    Fold in coconut, pecan seeds and maple syrup until combined well.

(5)    Lay a parchment paper onto your cookie sheet or jelly roll pan. Next, scoop the mixture with a tablespoon and place on the paper.

(6)    Finally, bake the mix at 150 degrees C for approximately 25 minutes or so. Once the cookies are fully browned wait for them to cool and then…

Eat, eat, eat and don’t forget to spread the joy! Also don’t forget to pat yourself on the back for giving this paleo cookie recipe a shot. Good luck!

Need more paleo diet recipes?

Once again, you can check out the aforementioned paleo cookbooks where you’ll get access to over 200 perhaps 300 recipes tasty recipes.

I don’t recall the exact number because I’ve only tried a handful and so far, so good. There are recipes for paleo style nut balls, raisin cookies, nut delights, salads, seafood, noodles, soups and whatever…I’m too tired to list them all – sorry!

Check it out at – – > http://www.paleorecipecookbooks.info/

Sam Hutchinson

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Use A Diet Cookie Recipe And Diet Cookies To Stick With A Diet

Posted on 04 January 2011 by admin

The Most Important Aspect

I believe that the most important aspect of any weight loss program is how to stick with a diet.  It doesn’t matter how healthy the diet is, or how fast it can help you lose weight, or how much weight you can lose with it, if you do not stick with a diet long enough for it to be effective.

Fad Or Not Fad, Who Cares

In fact, I don’t care if a diet is labeled fad or not and I don’t mind if a diet is “unhealthy” with in reasonable limits.  Fat, especially around your internal organs is a lot more unhealthy than most diets ever will be so the trade off is worth it. 

Diet Cookies And Diet Cookie Recipes

Diet cookies may be a way for you to stick with a diet and if they work more power to them.  The fact of the matter is that diet cookies can help many people who otherwise would not be able to stick with a diet.  With diet cookies it is all in the diet cookie recipe.  A good diet cookie recipe can make good diet cookies that contain the important nutrients to help curb your appetite and provide the vital components to a healthy body.

Check With Doc

As with any diet it is important to check with your doctor before going on any diet and it would be a good idea to have an exit strategy for maintenance.  Then find a good diet cookie recipe and begin making diet cookies to use.  This will help you stick with a diet long enough to lose dangerous fat, look great, feel great and live confidently.  A good diet cookie recipe can be found on the Internet and by experimenting with the diet cookie recipe you can literally make dozens of different combinations to help you lose weight and feel great.

Good Diet Cookies, Good Diet Cookie Recipe Makes One Stick With A Diet

So start today by finding a good diet cookie recipe and baking diet cookies so you can stick with a diet, lose weight, feel great, and live confidently.

Christian Walker is a health lecturer, teacher, author. 

Hi there, Christian here, a great place to start with a good cookie diet is the Celebrity Cookie Diet.  I am not sure what it has to do with celebrities, but is is one fine cookie diet.

 

I have found a diet that I use as a maintanence diet since it allows me to eat my favorite foods every other day.  You can use it as I do to maintain your weight or maybe you would like to lose weight with it.  In any case it is great.  Check out the Every Other Day Diet Here.

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Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes One Recipe – Many Variations

Posted on 04 January 2011 by admin

There are so many Christmas cookie recipes around but often so little time to bake during the busy holiday season.

The solution? A great tasting basic cookie recipe that quickly and easily turns into such a variety of easy to make Christmas treats, friends and family will think you poured over all your favorite Christmas cookie recipes.

Let’s start with the basics:

Basic Cookie Dough Recipe

1/2 cup (or 1 stick) butter (or margarine) at room temperature

1/2 cup brown sugar, lightly packed

2 tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients except the flour. Beat with an electric mixer, scraping the sides of the bowl several times, until the mixture is light and fluffy. With mixer at a low speed, add the flour gradually, beating just until everything is well blended.

Place the mixture on a baking sheet using a tablespoon measure and press down with a spoon to flatten a bit. Or roll our and cut into shapes with a cookie cutter. Bake at 350ºF for about 12 to 15 minutes, until golden.

This basic cookie mixture is also the base for the following cookie recipes (all baked in a preheated oven at 350ºF).

Orange Cookies

(Makes about 32)

Add 1 tablespoon of grated orange zest to the recipe. Shape into a log that is about 1 1/2″ in diameter and refrigerate for 4 hours.

Slice dough into 1/4″ thick slices. Place on cookie sheet. Cookies can be decorated with candies, rolled in colored sugar, or cut into pretty holiday shapes before baking. Bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, until lightly browned.

Cherry Coconut Chocolate Squares

(Makes about 54 squares)

In addition to the basic dough you will need:

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

3 large eggs

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1 teaspoon almond extract

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

3 cups flaked coconut

1/2 cup maraschino cherries, well drained and coarsely chopped

Line a 13″x9″ baking pan with foil.

Stir cocoa powder into basic dough mixture. Press evenly into the prepared pan. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the crust looks dry.

In a medium bowl whisk together eggs, sugar, almond extract and baking powder until well blended. Stir in coconut and cherries. Pour over the baked crust.

Bake for 30-35 minutes, until top just begins to brown and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan on a wire rack. Lift it out on to a cutting board using the foil ends and cut into 1 1/2″ squares. Squares can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.

Coconut Pineapple Cookies

(Makes about 36)

In addition to the basic dough you will need:

1 1/2 cups sweetened flaked coconut

1/3 cup pineapple preserves (use raspberry or apricot if you prefer)

Add 1 cup of the flaked coconut to the basic dough mixture and mix well. Shape the dough into 1 1/2″ balls and roll in the remaining coconut to coat them. Place the balls 1″ apart on lightly greased cookie sheets. Make a deep indentation in the center of each cookie with your fingertip.

Bake for 12-15 minutes until the cookie is firm and the coconut is lightly toasted. When cooled, fill each hole in the center of the cookies with the preserves.

You can vary this basic dough to make a wide variety of Christmas cookie recipes. Add other flavorings like maple, ginger or cinnamon. Add chopped dried fruits like apricots or dates. Or bake them plain in holiday shapes and decorate with colored icing.

Christmas is such a wonderful time of year. Here’s hoping these quick and easy Christmas cookie recipes help keep the pressure off the cook.

Karen Ciancio is a fan of all things cooking related. Her website Cookingnook.com contains recipes, cooking tips, diet and nutrition information. Visit the site for a free copy of our Holiday Gift Guide, with great ideas for everyone on your list.

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Help ! I Need a Easy Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Posted on 04 January 2011 by admin

Copyright (c) 2007 Steven Magill

Chocolate chip cookies are staples in most household, no matter how old that household’s occupants are. Often, depending on the daily schedules of the occupants, a house’s chocolate chip cookies could be store bought, made from frozen dough or made from scratch. This article is for people who are looking for an easy chocolate chip cookie recipe.

Easy chocolate chip cookie recipe #1: The pre-packaged cookie

Step One: Go to local store Step Two: Pick out favorite brand of chocolate chip cookies Step Three: Pay for favorite brand of chocolate chip cookies and take them home. Step Four: Once you have returned home, open bag or container of favorite brand of chocolate chip cookies. Step Five: Eat.

Repeat steps as needed.

Easy chocolate chip cookie recipe #2: The frozen cookie dough

Step One: Go to local store Step Two: Pick out favorite brand of frozen chocolate chip cookie dough Step Three: Buy favorite brand of frozen chocolate chip cookie dough as well as any extra ingredients called for on the back of the frozen cookie dough package and take items home. Step Four: Cook favorite brand of frozen chocolate chip cookie dough according to the directions on the back of the package. Step Five: Eat.

Repeat steps as needed.

Easy chocolate chip cookie recipe #3: Cookies from scratch

Ingredients: One teaspoon of salt One teaspoon of baking soda One teaspoon of vanilla flavoring or vanilla extract Three fourths cup of white sugar (granulated) Three fourths cup of brown sugar (packed) One cup (or two sticks) of unsalted butter (softened) Two large eggs Two and one fourth cups flour (all purpose works well)

Directions:

Preheat your oven to three hundred and seventy five degrees Fahrenheit. While the oven is pre-heating, mix together one teaspoon of baking soda, one teaspoon of salt and two and one fourth cups of flour together in a small bowl. In a large bowl, beat together the one cup (or two sticks) of softened unsalted butter together with three fourths cups of white sugar, the three fourths of a cup of brown sugar and the teaspoon of vanilla flavoring (or extract). Beat the ingredients together until they are creamy. Once you have made a creamy mixture add the eggs one at a time and make sure they get beaten in thoroughly before adding in the flour mixture. Slowly add in the flour, salt, baking soda mixture until you have formed a slightly firm and smooth cookie dough. Stir in the chocolate chips (most easy chocolate chip cookie recipes recommend two cups’ worth, but you can add as much or as little as you want). Next, use a teaspoon to drop blobs of cookie dough onto cookie sheets. Make sure the drops are a couple of inches apart and then bake each sheet for nine to ten minutes at a time. Cool the cookies for ten to fifteen minutes after they are taken out of the oven. Enjoy these easy chocolate chip cookie recipes!

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Easy Cookie Recipes Make for Fun in the Kitchen

Posted on 04 January 2011 by admin

Admit it:  You love cookies.  I love cookies too, and I’m not ashamed to admit it.  I mean look – they’re tasty, sweet bites of perfection, when they’re made right – and that makes for a wonderful meal-ender.  If you’re like me, then time is at a premium, and you don’t have a whole lot of it to spare on recreational things like baking cookies.  That’s why I’m always on the lookout for easy cookie recipes…in particular, quick easy cookie recipes!

Another reason I look for easy cookie recipes is that I have a 2 ½-year-old son who loves to cook and bake, whether in his own little pretend kitchen (which has an oven, a stove, a sink, and a refrigerator) or for real with Mommy and Daddy.  He stands on his stepstool and proudly wears his monkey apron to help measure, pour, mix, and whatever else we’ll let him do.  One of the funniest things is that when he’s cooking in his own kitchen, he narrates what he’s doing.  Take THAT, Next Food Network Star wannabes!

Not too long ago, I found myself searching for some easy sugar cookie recipes, thinking they would be a refreshing change from the usual chocolate chip cookies that we make.  Not that there is anything at all wrong with chocolate chip cookies – we all love them at my house – but I figured it would be a good idea to  introduce my son to the wider world of easy cookie recipes that’s out there.   There are dozens of easy sugar cookie recipes out there on the web, so that’s a great place to start.   Even though this Traditional Rolled Sugar Cookies might look like it’s complicated, it really does fall into what I would consider an “easy sugar cookie recipes” category.  You basically just mix the stuff, stick it in the fridge, then roll it, cut it, and bake it.  Of course, the most fun part of making these is the decorating, and since my little guy loves his art projects, we’ll go with the edible paint.

In my quest for easy cookie recipes, I’ve also found some that don’t even require baking.  They do require some stovetop time, but even that is minimal.  Now that summer seems to finally be here, this no-bake thing seems like a pretty good idea.  Plus, these seem to be super easy cookie recipes, with most of them having the same basic ingredients.  My son will still get to help “cook,” naturally, even though there isn’t a whole lot of cooking involved.  He is an excellent mixer, and maybe I’ll let him help spoon the cookies onto the cookie sheets.  That should be interesting!  Messy, but interesting.  I sometimes think that the messier he gets, the better day he has had!  He is a lot like Adrian Monk (of TV show fame), so I’m sure he’ll want to wash his hands at the first possible interlude.  That’s OK – I think my younger son is heading to be the opposite, so at least I’ll have one clean kid!

Nina Hoffman is Editorial Director for Prime Publishing LLC, owner of RecipeLion.com. We have thousands of free recipes, cooking tips, easy quick recipes and food information. If you want to make it, then let RecipeLion show you the recipe. Discover your inner chef at http://www.RecipeLion.com.

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Cut Out Cookie Recipe Tips: How to Perfect the Holiday Sugar Cookie

Posted on 04 January 2011 by admin

Baking cut out cookies at Christmas is a time honored family tradition in many homes.  Most of us have childhood memories of helping mom or grandma flour the countertops, roll out the dough, and choose from an assortment of holiday shaped cookie cutters.  It’s true that sugar cookie cut outs are quite simple to make, with most recipes consisting of fewer than six ingredients.  However, regardless of the particular recipe you choose, there are a few basic principles that should go into making any type of cut out cookie recipe.  In this article, we’ll discuss a few tips that will help you perfect the art of holiday sugar cookie cut outs.

First, follow your recipe to the letter.  If it specifies butter at room temp, then make sure you soften your butter well in advance.  If you forget, don’t think you can simply zap it in the microwave for a minute to make up for forgetting to soften it on the counter.  It’s also important not to over-mix any dough recipe containing eggs, which most sugar cookie cut out recipes do contain.

Next, make sure your dough is adequately chilled.  Most problems with cut out cookies occur because they are difficult to transfer from the countertop to the baking sheet.  If this is true for you, it may be because your dough isn’t cold enough.  It should be chilled in the refrigerator for a minimum of one hour.

Make sure you are using a good quality rolling pin, and for the best results, invest in rolling guides.  These are simply rings that fit around each end of your rolling pin, ensuring that the dough will be rolled to an even thickness all over.  If cut out cookies vary in thickness, which can easily happen to even the most accomplished baker if he or she isn’t using rolling guides on their pin, then they won’t bake evenly.  Some cookies will come out of the oven too brown, while others will be under-baked and doughy.

Choose good quality cookie cutters.  Opt for cutters made of metal as opposed to plastic, because they will hold their shape better while in use.  Carefully transfer the cut out shapes to your baking sheets, making sure to leave enough space between them for some expansion in the oven.  Next, call upon a little extra patience, and chill your baking sheet full of cookies in the freezer for about 15 minutes before you put them in the oven.  This may seem fussy, but this one simple step is the trick to keeping the edges distinct and baking perfect cut out cookies.  Don’t skip this step, even if you’re in a hurry.

If you own an oven thermometer, pop it in your oven to be sure you have exactly the right temp before putting your baking sheet in.  It’s surprising how many ovens are off by as much as 10 to 15 degrees, which can make a significant difference in how baked goods turn out.  Sugar cookie cut outs are done when the surface of the cookie springs back when lightly pressed, or when the edges are just beginning to brown.

When you remove the baking sheet from the oven, set it on top of a cooling rack for a minute or two before removing the cookies themselves to a cooling rack to cool completely.  To store cooled cookies, place them in an airtight container, making sure to separate each layer with a piece of wax or parchment paper so they won’t stick together.

By following these simple steps, practically any cut out cookie recipe will yield beautiful results.  So whether you’ve tried baking sugar cookies before with less than stellar results, or if you are a seasoned baker who makes cut out cookies ever year, try applying these basic steps to your favorite recipe and see what happens.  You may turn out your best batch of sugar cookies yet!

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