Bake Your Holiday Cookies Better
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Rule #1: Pick the Right Cookie
Are your cookies being mailed? Are they for a cookie swap? No nut allergies, right? Do they need to impress the kids or an office? If you're mailing the batch, skip fragile options such as lacy Florentines or anything frosted — and don't forget the bubble wrap! If they're bound for the classroom, be aware of any food allergies and opt for colorful options, like linzer cookies or good ol' fashioned sugar cookies dusted with sprinkles — or even edible glitter! If trading at a cookie swap, stick to a recipe that is easily doubled (or tripled) and packs easily.
By Teri Tsang Barrett
Rule #2: Know Your Audience
Rule #3: Use the Right Measuring Tools
Rule #4: Check Expiration Dates on Baking Powder and Baking Soda
Rule #5: Use an Oven Thermometer
Rule #6: Use Parchment Paper or a Silicone Baking Mat to Line the Cookie Sheet
Rule #7: Use a Cool Baking Sheet
Rule #8: Cookies Will Continue Baking Outside of the Oven
Most cookies spend some time cooling on the hot baking sheet outside of the oven to set up, so remove them from the oven when they look just done.