For ages children come home from school looking for a little snack and a few minutes of rest before diving into their homework assignments. A glass of cold milk and a few cookies does the trick and has been a traditional after-school snack for generations.
Today with all the different recipes available cookies can be enjoyed at any time. Homemade oatmeal cookies or biscotti make an enjoyable little breakfast treat with coffee or tea for people who need to rush out the door in the morning or just like to dunk something in their hot drinks. Others bring a few of their favorite cookies in a lunch bag or box for a quick afternoon snack or a little sugar boost to make it through the work day. And of course there is always the midnight snacker who can grab a few cookies without waking anyone in the house by rummaging thought the cabinets, pantry or refrigerator to satisfy that little edge of hunger one sometimes gets in the wee hours of the night.
Then there are the holidays that occur throughout the year as well as school functions where cookies are a hot item on the dessert menu. Cookies are so easy to prepare and fun to decorate. There are so many ways to make cookies or so it seems. There are actually only six different cookie types. After that it all depends upon the person baking to make them into different shapes, styles, colors and flavors. Once the cookies are baked they can be served as is or decorated simply with frosting, hard icing or fondant. Adding decorations and designs on the cookies are limitless and can be detailed to match a color or holiday theme with a little imagination.
Top 6 types of cookies:
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.
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