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Cookie Baking Tips - Chewy Vs Crunchy

Cookies are a fun treat that can be made for any occasion of even just for fun. There are literally millions of recipes for cookies and different designs too.

When giving away cookies as gifts, you should consider the following three factors:
One: The theme of the party or the occasion
Two: The flavor of the cookies
Three: The texture of the cookies: chewy or crunchy or in between.

Professional bakers are skilled at creating cookies in various textures, including chewy, semi-chewy and crunchy. However, most folks that try to bake their own cookies at home don't know how to do this. What should be done to make a cookie crunchy, chewy or in between? Well, difficult as it may sound, the secret is in the sugar. Here are some simple cookie baking tips:

Cookies are laden with butter, shortenings and sugar. The first thing to do is to look at the recipe and see the measurements of the sugar and then note what kind of sugar is used. There should be two kinds: brown sugar and white sugar. It is in the type of sugar used that will totally transform the texture of the cookies.

Crunchy cookies will need white sugar and hardly any brown sugar. So if the cookie recipe is say, chocolate chip cookies, and the sugars used are both brown and white sugar, to achieve the crunchy effect simply put in more of the white sugar than the brown, or simply eliminate the brown and use all white. Example: if the recipe calls for 2 cups white sugar and 1 cup brown sugar, to get the full crunchy effect use 2 cups white sugar plus 3/4 white sugars.

Semi crunchy cookies or semi-chewy cookies will again need a variation of the two sugar measurements. Again, if the original recipe calls for 2 cups white sugar and 1 cup brown sugar make it 1 1/2 cups white sugar and 2 cups brown sugar. This will make the cookies not too crunchy and not too chewy - it will be just right!

For chewy cookies, another variation of the measurements between the two sugars will have to be done. If the original is again 2 cups white sugar and 1 cup brown sugar make it 4 1/2 cups brown sugar. This will give the cookies the chewy effect that is so great with chocolate chip cookies.

Now, for a bonus: there are people who like their cookies gooey chewy. This is not impossible to achieve. Again for the 2 cups white sugar and 1 cup brown sugar original recipe, convert the measurements to 4 cups brown sugar and 1/2 molasses or honey. This will give the cookies a super gooey chewy effect.

Now for those who are curious why the sugars are considered the key, well it may take a lot of explanations but to simplify the process, it is the brown sugar that makes the cookies chewy. Also, the same thing can be done with cakes. More brown sugar will make the cake moister.


Recipes For Heart Shaped Desserts and Treats

Food decorating, especially for sweets, can make them look very delicious and appetizing. Whether it is the shape of the food, the sprinkles on top, or even just the packaging, a good-looking dessert makes your sweet tooth ask for more. For years, chefs and pastry chefs have developed so many ways on how to make food look good and taste better as well. They use the best ingredients themselves, use different colorings and topping, and place them in special packaging all to achieve that one goal - to make food look as sumptuous as it can be.

Food served at restaurants and sometimes even at fast food places follows this principle. You can get your food served with garnishing on the sides or plated in a very special way. However, you can do the same kind of preparation and decoration at home with a few simple tricks.

For your desserts, why not pour your heart into it and let it show, literally? You can make desserts and sweets cut out into heart shapes for that extra special look. Both the kids and adults can enjoy these heart-shaped goodie recipes:

For a Heart-Shaped Cake:
Make your cake as you normally would. Using either a large round or square cake pan, pour ready to use cake mix or use the special recipe that you have. We suggest the use of a chiffon cake instead of other moist or gooey cake recipe as chiffon will be much easier to mold later on. After baking, let the cake rest and cool. After the cake has rested, cut it into a heart shape and discard the outer edges. Cover the cake with frosting and top it with candy sprinkles, nuts, cherries, chocolate, or whatever cake decoration you desire.

For Gelatin Hearts:
Mix one pack of your favorite gelatin flavor with two cups of hot water. Pour this mixture into a shallow dish no higher than an inch. For the mixture, do not go all the way to edge of the pan but rather fill it up halfway up to just half an inch thick. Place the dish in the chiller for it to firm. After the gelatin has firmed up (time varies depending on the package instructions), use a heart shaped cookie cutter to create the heart-shaped gelatin. Place the gelatins in a heart shaped plate or pan before serving.

If you know the basics of baking or of preparing desserts, these sweets are very easy to prepare and it takes just a few minutes to make. You can impress your family and friends with these delectable looking treats that you can serve to them no matter what the occasion is. Recipes from the heart will truly show through its taste, and goodies that are heart-shaped will also show the love you want to send in a very obvious way. But most of all, make your recipe as special as it can be by using great recipes that everyone will truly love, whether for cakes or gelatins. Remember that after all, the taste and flavor will really matter.


Using Wedding Cookie Cutters To Give Your Wedding Favors That Personal Touch

Giving wedding favors that you make yourself has become one of the hottest new wedding trends. While some couples choose to make their own wedding favors in order to help save money in their wedding budget, others simply want their wedding to be more of a personalized event and nothing is more personal than giving those who attend a small homemade favor as a thank you for their attendance. Choosing to make wedding cookies is a great way of capitalizing on the new trend of giving homemade wedding favors while staying with the more traditional wedding favor theme of giving your guests a sweet treat to take home.

There Is A Wide Variety Of Wedding Cookie Cutters To Choose From

No longer do brides and grooms who want to make their own cookies as favors have to settle for using those valentine heart cookie cutters in order to keep with a wedding or romantic theme. Today there are dozens of cookie cutters especially made with the big day in mind, allowing you to make cookies in the shape of brides, wine glasses, wedding cakes and so much more.

With so many wedding themed cutters to choose from baking those sweet treat favors is more fun than ever before and provides your guests with eye catching sweets they will be talking about for months to come. You can make all your cookie favors alike or make several different shapes whichever you prefer.

Make Those Wedding Theme Cookies The Highlight Of Your Sweets Buffet

Having a sweets buffet is also a newer trend in favor giving and by using your wedding cookie cutters to make beautiful wedding themed cookies you can use your cookies as the highlight of your sweet buffet. Simply center a big tray of your homemade wedding favor cookies at the front of your sweets buffet and then form an arch of jars of wedding candies behind the cookie tray. This allows for those great cookies made from your very special cookie cutters to serve both as your wedding favor table decoration and the main favor treat.

Using Your Wedding Cookie Cuts To Decorate Those Treat bags

You can also trace around those wedding cookie cutters and make a stencil that you can use to decorate the treat favor bags. Simply purchase plain white treat bags stencil your design on it and then use a gold paint pen to personalize each bag with Mr. and Mrs. and your last name and the date of the wedding. Then decorate with ribbon and you have personalized favor bags for guests to take home filled with your delicious wedding cookies.

Personalizing your wedding by providing your guests with favors made with your own two hands comes from the heart and will make this occasion even more unforgettable for you, your family, and your friends. Guests appreciate those homemade favors more than most people realize. It is one special way of saying thank you to those who have taken the time to share this special occasion with you.


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