This Is The Best Way to Freeze Cookie Dough So It Lasts for MonthsSkills
There are any number of reasons why you might want to stash some cookie dough in the freezer. Maybe you like having treats on hand in case company stops by. Maybe the first day of fall kickstarted your holiday baking gene. But we’re friends here, so let’s be honest: Frozen cookie dough in our freezer means warm, gooey, fresh-baked cookies any time we want one. Here are the best ways to freeze your favorite cookies for later.
This Clever Cookie Hack Makes Christmas Baking 100 Times EasierSkills
You don't even have to roll dough!
We Tried 6 Ways of Storing Christmas Cookies, and the Winner Was ClearSkills
It was like they were fresh out of the oven!
This 2-Ingredient Cookie Dough "Dump" Dessert Is So BrilliantSkills
Like a dump cake, but even easier.
Martha Stewart’s 5-Ingredient Cookies Are IngeniousSkills
You likely already have all the ingredients.
Tip: Press Vintage Glassware onto Your Sugar CookiesSkills
So, you don’t own a cookie mold, and you don’t have the time (or maybe the steady hand) to pipe multi-colored icing. And yet you’d like to gussy up those plain sugar cookies somehow. This is a simple, two-second trick that requires no special equipment.Well, unless you consider vintage glassware special equipment.The thing is, you can do this trick with a lot of everyday kitchenware.
The Best Way to Store Homemade CookiesSkills
Here's what you need to know as we head into cookie season.
All the Types of Cookies You Should Know (and How to Make Them)Skills
How well do you know your cookies?
A Guide to Food Coloring Types and How to Use ThemSkills
Food coloring comes out in full force around the holidays when it’s time to make colorful icings, candies, and other sweet confections. While liquid food coloring used to be the only option available for tinting foods, there are now many other choices, from gels to pastes to even powdered food coloring. Here’s a guide to the different types, how they can be used, and the pros and cons of each one! What it’s made out of: Synthetic colorings with a water base.
Dec 4, 2022
7 Mistakes to Avoid When Freezing Baked Cookies or Cookie DoughSkills
Avoid these mistakes and you'll have holiday cookies to reach for all season long.
Nov 11, 2022
Tips for Freezing Holiday (or Any Day) CookiesSkills
Cookies are one of the easiest things to get a jump on when it comes to planning for the holidays. And most recipes freeze beautifully. So if you have the space, and you’ve already got our recommended tools for easy baking, why not start? We’ve got some tips for freezing those homemade treats.You have two very obvious options when it comes to freezing cookies: before baking or after.
May 11, 2022
There’s a New Study on the Optimal Way to Open an Oreo Cookie, and I’ve Never Been More Proud of ScienceSkills
An MIT student set out to discover the most scientifically sound way to open an Oreo for optimal creme distribution.
Apr 22, 2022
The Best Way to Put that Last Slice of Sandwich Bread to Good Use
Tips from The Kitchn
We promise, this trick won't get stale!
Mar 10, 2022
These 6 Tips Will Make Your Sugar Cookies So Much BetterSkills
Expert baker Jerrelle Guy shares her secrets.
Dec 12, 2021
How To Prep All of Your Holiday Cookies in Just 2 Hours
Power Hour Meal Prep
Every cookie you'll need to celebrate the season and to send across the country.
Nov 17, 2021
Can You Bake Cookies in an Air Fryer? Yes! Here’s How.Skills
This is the month when all I crave are warm, freshly baked cookies on repeat.
Jun 25, 2021
A Tiny Trick for Making Perfectly Round Cookies Every TimeSkills
All you need is a biscuit cutter.
Mar 25, 2021
We Tried 6 Methods for Icing Sugar Cookies and Found a Fun New Trick for Beginners
Skills Showdown
Consistency is key to beautiful cookies!
Dec 21, 2020
This Unexpected Office Essential Makes Cookie Decorating So Much Easier
SKILLS
You probably already have it.
Dec 17, 2020
Everything You Need to Know About Mailing Homemade CookiesSkills
Yes, shipping cookies is expensive, but we're still doing it this year. Here's what you need to know.
Dec 8, 2020
I Mailed 12-Dozen Cookies Across the Country and Here’s How It WentSkills
Just one broken snowflake and a cracked Mandelbrot!
Dec 4, 2020
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Making Sugar CookiesSkills
Whether you make beautiful cut-outs, dust them with colored sugar, or sandwich them with buttercream or Nutella, sugar cookies are a holiday staple! Before you whip up your next batch of sugar cookies, be sure you’re not making one of these five common mistakes. Get a recipe: 18 Cookie Recipes for Your Holiday Cookie Exchange We’ve all been there — wanting to make cookies yet forgetting to take the butter out of the refrigerator to soften.
Oct 29, 2020
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Packing & Shipping CookiesSkills
So they arrive perfect and pristine (until they're devoured).
Oct 7, 2020
Here’s How to Get Crinkly Chocolate Chip Cookies (Without All That Pan-Banging)Skills
Get that same texture from *any* cookie recipe without the clatter or rigorous cookie manipulation.
Jul 15, 2020
2 Simple Reasons Your Dutch Baby Didn’t Rise — and How to Fix ThemSkills
Here's what you can do to ensure tall results.
Feb 8, 2020
Our Ultimate 3 Tips for Mind-Blowing Chocolate Chip Cookies
Best of Kitchn 2019
Take any recipe, add these tips, and mind-blowing chocolate cookies are yours.
Dec 30, 2019
The 5 Easiest Ways to Decorate Sugar CookiesSkills
These methods look plenty nice and are a whole lot less fussy.
Dec 13, 2019
What’s the Secret to Perfect Coconut Macaroons?Skills
Q: I work at a Jewish social service agency and would love a recipe for perfect coconut macaroons to bring in as a treat for my coworkers! Sent by mind_grapes The Gefilteria’s Liz Alpern: Wow, you’re an excellent coworker! I hope your colleagues appreciate your efforts. It’s great that you’re getting out of the processed food mania of Passover and doing it yourself. I ditched the packaged versions a few years ago and my family has been infinitely grateful ever since.
Dec 17, 2019
8 Wine and Holiday Cookie Pairings, Recommended by SommeliersSkills
Pair a nice bottle of wine with your favorite Christmas cookie, and invite some friends over.
Dec 12, 2019
Here’s All the Info You Need to Ship Cookies Before Christmas or HanukkahSkills
This year I'm not risking any late arrivals, and you don't need to either.
Dec 10, 2019
5 Savory Spices to Mix in Your Cookie DoughSkills
A pinch of savory spice is my favorite trick for giving cookies an extra, and sometimes unexpected boost of flavor.
Dec 5, 2019
Butter, Sugar, Flour … Gravity? Astronauts Are Testing What Happens When You Bake Cookies in Space.Skills
The oven is headed up not only so astronauts can kick that comfort food craving, but for an actual scientific reason: to see what happens when you bake in zero gravity. Will they hold their shape? What happens to the texture?
Nov 5, 2019
Blueberry Brie Tart Ice CreamSkills
Original Ice Cream Flavor:Ice Cream Chef: JulieWhat inspired this recipe? A combination of summer blueberries, a blueberry yogurt tart I enjoy making and eating, and half a wheel of leftover brie.Tastetester comments and full recipe after the jump. Take a look, then vote here!Tastetester Comments: “Tangy and sweet blueberry cheesecake treat!”Blueberry Brie Tart Ice CreamMakes 1.
Jun 8, 2019
Should I Sell My Cookie Recipe?Skills
Q: A pastry chef at a popular French bistro tried one of my home-baked cookies and offered to buy the recipe from me. I am willing to sell it to her, but I have no idea what a reasonable price would be. What does it mean to me if I sell my recipe? Can I not bake it anymore, ever?I assume that I can’t sell it for commercial purposes. Does that include bake sales for schools and churches?
Jun 5, 2019
Blogging the NY Times: The Perfect Chocolate Chip CookieSkills
Leave it to the New York Times to take on the grand-daddy of all classic cookies and have the audacity to call it “perfect”! But from what we’re hearing around the blogosphere, “perfect” pretty well sums it up. Molly over at Orangette is ready to write love sonnets. Even PJ Hamel writing for the King Arthur Flour blog concedes the awesomeness of this recipe.
Jun 5, 2019
Good Question: What Does “Short” Mean In a Recipe?Skills
Here’s a question from longtime reader JenPDX: Hi there – I am more of a cook…I am not a baker. I’ve come across a cookie recipe that I want to make tonight. The recipe note says that: “The dough is very “short” and should be well kneaded.” What does “short” mean in this baking context?(To All Good Questions) We were so inspired by the photo above from Flickr member .kaishin.
Jun 4, 2019
Grandma’s Chocolate Chip Cookies: When Food Science Doesn’t Have All the AnswersSkills
Back when our grandmothers started baking cookies, they probably weren’t reading articles about the gluten content of cake flour versus all-purpose, or the melting points of butter and shortening. Baking is chemistry, it’s true — but it’s also more than that, as writer Deborah Blum realized when she set out to recreate her grandmother’s chocolate chip cookies.
May 30, 2019
12 Pro Tips for Making Better Cookies from Jen Musty at Batter BakerySkills
Who: Jen Musty What: Professional cookie baker Where: Batter Bakery, San Francisco Today we have the pleasure of sharing holiday cookie baking tips from expert baker Jen Musty. Jen’s the genius behind my favorite chocolate chip cookie (chewy on the inside, crusty on the outside, big discs of quality chocolate and a touch of Maldon sea salt, oh yeah), so this interview and tour was of particular interest to me. (Inner dialogue: What is her secret?
May 30, 2019
What’s the Difference? Macaroons vs. MacaronsSkills
If your childhood was anything like ours, you grew up with chewy, unkempt, possibly chocolate-dipped coconut macaroons. Like us, you were probably confused when these “new” almond macarons bearing no resemblance to those childhood macaroons started appearing in fancy boutiques.
May 24, 2019
9 Pro Bakers Reveal Their Favorite Store-Bought CookiesSkills
It goes without saying that professional bakers and pastry chefs are constantly surrounded by tasty, baked-from-scratch desserts. What might not be so obvious is that these pros still have a soft spot for store-bought treats. Because cookie season is upon us and not everyone has time to bake a batch every time a craving hits, we asked nine pro bakers to share the store-bought cookie they can’t live without.
May 24, 2019
The Trick to Making (Intensely Dark) Chocolate Cakes or CookiesSkills
It's the secret behind the color of Oreos.
May 6, 2019
What Does Ripening Cookie Dough Mean? And Should I Be Doing It?Skills
This is the one cookie technique that pops up over and over again.
May 3, 2019
Bittersweet Baking Judge: Sarah Phillips of Baking 911Skills
Baking 911 is a web resource we find ourselves turning to over and over again. It’s a website with community boards, extensive tips, and comprehensive answers to any baking question you can think of. Sarah Phillips is the founder and baking genius behind the site, and she has graciously agreed to be one of the three judges in our Bittersweet Baking contest.
May 3, 2019
Looking For: Chai-Spiced Cookies RecipeSkills
We love it when we can help track down recipes. Reader Susan wrote to us looking for a chai spice cookie recipe that she loved and lost. She writes:A few years ago, Whole Foods had a fantastic recipe for chai tea cookies in one of those free recipe booklets they give away periodically. The cookies were amazing – I liked the recipe particularly because it gave measurements for the individual spices, rather than just asking for a pre-mixed chai spice blend.
May 3, 2019
4 Easy Ways to Make Perfectly Round CookiesSkills
While I would never turn down an imperfectly-shaped cookie (it is still a cookie, after all), I prefer trying to make my cookies as round as possible if I’m giving them away or bringing them to a party. And for sandwich cookies, it’s also to your advantage to make them all look exactly the same since you’re pairing them up. Here are four easy ways to to make perfectly round cookies!
May 3, 2019
Enjoying: Animal Cookie Cutters from IKEASkills
This is just a note to say that we are enjoying these cookie cutters. We blogged speculatively about them in our roundup of maybe-good-things from IKEA’s new catalog and then we picked them up on our last trip. They’re not essential or terribly important, but they are rather delightful.As you can probably see, these aren’t the most sturdy or expensively-built cookie cutters. They’re simple stainless steel and need to be washed and dried carefully.
May 2, 2019
Why Do All My Cookies Turn Out Cake-Like?Skills
Q: I just started learning to bake, and after several batches of cookies, I can’t figure out how to get the consistency I want — chewy and soft, or even chewy and crunchy. All I get is fluffy, cake-like cookies.A dozen batches of chocolate chip, pumpkin, sugar, and chocolate cookies all turned out like little cakes. They were delicious, but I need a chewy cookie. Is it my ingredients? Baking time? Oven temp? Over/under mixing?
May 2, 2019
Recipe Rescue: Help for Underbaked Bar Cookies?Skills
We love a gooey center to our cookies and bars, and our obsession occasionally leads us into a batch or two that can only be called underbaked. Even UNbaked! We’re always loath to toss a whole pan of goodies in the trash, so we wonder if there’s anything we could do to save them. Any suggestions?This happened recently to another reader Wendy who wrote:I made some molasses bars the day before yesterday, and undercooked them.
May 2, 2019
The Secrets of Bake Sale Best Sellers: Brownies, Cupcakes…Skills
Do you have a bake sale coming up this season? Maybe you have a favorite recipe that always flies off the table? We put together our first bake sale last year and were a little surprised by some of the best sellers. We’ve got some tips and recipes below to help make your bake sale a success. When we organized our first bake sale last year, we took pains to choose recipes with really interesting flavors, thinking our creativity would win over potential shoppers.
May 2, 2019
What’s Better For Freezing — Cookies or Cookie Dough?Skills
Q: My goal this holiday season is to make things in big batches ahead of time and freeze the extras. This way I have good home-cooked food to bring to parties and events without all the work and stress.My question is: which is better to freeze, cookie dough or baked cookies?Sent by JenEditor: Jen, we would probably vote for cookie dough, since nothing beats a truly fresh-baked cookie.
May 2, 2019
What’s the Best Way to Freeze Lemon Cookies?Skills
Q: Please let me know your tips on when to freeze the Lemon Melting Moments cookie. I’m wanting to make these for my nephew’s wedding.Sent by VickyEditor: Ah, Melting Moments — these are a staple of nearly every party in my family! They are bite-sized lemon cookies, with an intense tartness and a way of melting to bits on your tongue. It’s far too easy to eat far too many of them in one sitting.
May 2, 2019
Make Prettier Cookie Edges When Presentation MattersSkills
I’ve spent many an evening around the kitchen table waiting for the royal icing on several hundred sugar cookies to dry. It might be for a wedding, baby shower, or party, but one thing is for sure, you don’t want to make more cookies than you have to and you want them all to be perfect. Here’s a simple tip to make every cookie out of your oven a winner. The difference between sugar cookies baked at home and those we see in magazines is usually the edges.
May 2, 2019
What’s the Best Way to Neatly Slice Lemon Bars?Skills
Q: I was asked to make lemon bars for an upcoming art event in my community. I love to make lemon bars but I hate slicing them.Is there a way to get pretty little squares instead of mangled, messed up edges? I want them to look good this time!Sent by KerriEditor: Great question, Kerri. I often have trouble cutting up any sort of cookie bar, not just lemon bars. I have found that a hot, wet, very sharp knife helps quite a bit. Also, make sure the bars are completely chilled before cutting.
May 2, 2019
Cookie-Baking Tip: A Quick Way to Cool Hot Baking SheetsSkills
Problem: I live in an apartment with limited kitchen storage space, so I can’t keep a giant stack of baking sheets on hand, which becomes an issue when I am baking cookies in batches. The first round of cookies comes out of the oven, but the next batch can’t go in until the piping-hot baking sheets cool down. Solution: a step so simple I often kick myself for not thinking of it sooner.
May 2, 2019
Help Me Recreate Pepperidge Farm’s Pirouette CookiesSkills
Q: I’m looking for a recipe or a tip on how to make homemade pirouette cookies similar to Pepperidge Farm’s version.I’ve found several recipes for the thin rolled wafers, but I don’t know how I’d go about getting the chocolate cream and nuts in the middle. Any ideas?Sent by LilyEditor: Oooh those are a favorite around here too, Lily. Readers, do you have any good recipes for cookies like these?Next question?
May 2, 2019
Bake Now, Serve Later: 8 Tips for Freezing Holiday DessertsSkills
Love holiday baking, but short on time? Turn to your freezer for help! Cookies, cakes, cupcakes and even whole pies can be made ahead of time and baked or thawed when you need them, so you’ll always have a special dessert on hand, no matter how busy your schedule.Pie dough, pie filling and even whole pies freeze well, and can be baked the day before serving. Cakes can be frozen whole or in slices, and cupcake batter freezes well.
May 2, 2019
How Do You Know When Chocolate Cookies Are Finished Baking?Skills
Q: How can you tell when chocolate cookies are ready? For light-colored cookies (chocolate chip, sugar, etc.), I know they’re ready when they’re just slightly golden at the edges, but you don’t have that visual clue with chocolate cookies. Any suggestions?Sent by JulieEditor: Excellent question, and something I just recently faced myself with a batch of gingerbread cookies. When color isn’t a clue, I usually go by feel.
May 2, 2019
Want Perfectly Round Cookies? Use a Paper Towel RollSkills
Wait! Before you toss those empty paper towel rolls into the recycling, CHOW has another way we can use them: to help us make perfectly round slice-and-bake cookies.This tip is brilliant in its simplicity. You just mash the cookie dough into a roughly tubular shape, wrap it in plastic wrap, and then use the paper towel tube like a mold. Refrigerate until firm and then slice the cookies as usual — except with much more cylindrical results!
May 2, 2019
4 Tips for Mailing CookiesSkills
Thinking of sharing the bounty from your holiday cookie baking marathons with friends far and wide? Make sure those tasty cookies of yours arrive with nary a crumb out of place. Here are some tips for packing up your cookies and sharing the sugary joy. • Choose Your Cookies with Care: The best cookies to ship are those that are fairly firm and sturdy, like crinkle cookies, thumbprint cookies, gingerbread, Mexican wedding cookies, and sugar cookies.
May 2, 2019
Make Just Two Chocolate Chip Cookies with This RecipeSkills
Spring is around the corner, but it’s still really cold outside. I find myself craving a warm cookie from time to time, but I really don’t want an entire batch lying about. So this recipe for just two chewy, gooey chocolate chip cookies is totally brilliant! Joanna Goddard pointed out this recipe and I couldn’t help but share it here too. This recipe is quite quick and easy, and yet it turns out a pair of truly chewy and delicious chocolate chip cookies.
May 2, 2019
Cookie ParlorSkills
It’s cookie baking season, and you know what that means: time to bring out the fun cookie cutters! If you’re in the mood for shapes a little out of the ordinary this season — think owls, anchors, even a KitchenAid mixer — then you should check out Cookie Parlor.
May 2, 2019
15 Tips for Better CookiesSkills
Ever had a frustrating moment with a cookie? Maybe it wasn’t as chewy as you hoped it would be, or you wanted it to look just a little bit prettier. Well, we have tips for you today — 15 cookie hints and helps to get you a pretty and tasty result. From how to freeze cookie dough, to making perfectly round cookies, to the scientific reason why dunking cookies makes them taste better — get your cookie tips here.
May 2, 2019
Tip: The Secret to Baking Perfectly Browned Cookies Every TimeSkills
You’ve double-checked your oven temperature. You’re using a reliable recipe. Yet your cookies are coming out too brown on the bottom, or perhaps pale and under-baked. What gives? The savvy folks at the King Arthur Flour blog may have found the problem — as well as a simple solution that ensures perfectly browned cookies every time. The short answer: it’s all about the pan you use.
May 2, 2019