The smell of the cookie dough baking in the oven always draws the family towards the kitchen to see who can be the first to go unnoticed to swipe one off the cooling rack even before they are cool enough to touch.
Cookies, whether store bought or homemade come in a variety of tastes, textures, sizes, shapes and colors. Not to mention the numerous ways they can be decorated to entice every cookie lover on the planet. Cookies are a wonderful potable snack that can be enjoyed any time of the day or night.
It is interesting to learn about this snacking or treat food holiday called “National Cookie Day!” Did you know that there really are only six different basic cookie styles to choose from? Once a baker opts for the style to prepare the patterns, flavors, textures and decors are limitless as the imagination has no boundaries.
6 Types of basic cookie styles:
Drop cookies – This process is probably the most traditional way of making cookies. They are simply made by dropping spoonfuls of cookie dough onto cookie sheets.
Bar cookies – These cookies are the easiest to prepare for baking. Just spoon or pour the entire dough mixture into a baking pan that is shallow. After the baking time is complete they are cut into squares or rectangles referred to as bars.
Hand-formed or molded cookies – Here the cookie dough is shaped or molded by hand. The dough can be rolled into balls, thick or thin logs or into crescents.
Pressed cookies – Cookies are formed by either using a pastry bag with a decorative tip or with a cookie press. The cookie dough is pressed out to form many different designs as well as give them a variety of fancy shapes.
Refrigerator cookies – Yes, this dough is usual to store bought cookie dough but the process can be done at home as well. Just roll or shape the cookie dough into a log and refrigerate. Once the dough gets from it is easily sliced and ready to bake.
Rolled cookies – This method is the most fun and time consuming way to make cookies. The cookie dough is rolled out thinly on a mat or counter first. Then the cookies are cut out by using various size and shaped cookie cutters or hand shaped cut-outs using a pastry wheel.
Have a cookie or two and celebrate “National Cookie Day!”
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