If you want Santa to bring you lots of Goodies, you have to make sure,
you leave some really yummy Cookies and a glass of Milk for him.
Everybody I know loves Cookies, whether they admit it or not. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, our House is a Bakery and the smell of Ginger, Cinnamon, Cloves, Coriander and Vanilla can literally drive you nuts. But-oh-they taste soooooooooo good. There are every imaginable kinds – from Chocolate Chip to Butter Cookies to delicate Austrian Almond Horns and Espresso Clouds. Many are old World Recipes and none are Diet, although some are very healthy with lots of Nuts and Fruit.
When you go through the Trouble of making Cookies at Home, don’t skimp on the ingredients. Use only the Best! Real Butter, Real Chocolate, Real Vanilla! Imitation just won’t do your Creation Justice!
It is also critical that you use the right Equipment. Measurements are much more crucial when baking, than when cooking. Get a good set of dry and wet measuring cups, or better yet, get a Kitchen Scale. Its so much more accurate. A good Stand-up Mixer, one that will not walk all over your Counter, will make the Work much easier and faster and the right Cookie Sheet can be the Difference between a Delight and a Disaster.
Clean off the Counter and bring out out all the ingredients, to make sure you are not missing something at the very last Minute. One of the Items I can’t live without is Parchment Paper. It is easily available in any Grocery Store now. You put it on the Cookie Sheet and put the Cookies on it and there is no need to ever grease the Sheet and your Cookies will never stick. Easy Cleanup too. Just throw the paper away. Oh, and its Eco friendly. If you are making Cut-outs, you can even roll them out on the Paper and transfer the paper to the Cookie sheet.
Decorations for Cookies are fun,
look great and taste wonderful!
If you have little ones, let them use their imagination for decorating the Cookies. They will enjoy it and be proud of their accomplishment, especially if they also get to enjoy eating some of them.
Some Cookies however don’t need any Decorations, because they are so yummy without it and look great on their own.