|Who doesn't remember the wonderful
warm aroma coming from the kitchen as Mom was baking cookies? I wanted
to gobble them up as soon as they came out of the oven but Mom always
made us wait until they were cool enough to eat or she said we would
get a stomachache.
I can remember coming home with my sisters and smelling the irresistible,
magnificent aroma of cinnamon buns baking in the oven. Mom would
take any leftover scraps of dough, roll them into a huge, flat cookie,
sprinkle it with sugar and cinnamon and bake to cookie specially
for us. It was my favorite cookie and it still brings back many
wonderful memories of my childhood.
Everyone loves cookies — young and old. Most cookies can
be stored at room temperature for several days, or even weeks, if
they don't disappear first. Everyone I know has a cookie jar sitting
on the counter within easy reach. I find that using a cookie tin,
with an airtight lid, helps cookies to keep that freshly baked flavor.
Most cookies will freeze well, but they should be cooled completely
before being placed in tins or containers. I always place a sheet
of waxed paper between each layer.
Baking cookies can be a fun time. I remember years ago hearing
about "Cookie Swaps" and later participated in a few of
these myself. It has become a popular event, especially at Christmas
time. Here's how it works.
You bake one dozen cookies for each guest coming to the Swap. For
example, if there will be 10 ladies participating, you would bake
10 dozen of say, your Peanut Butter Cookies. You'll come home with
10 dozen different cookies, one dozen of each kind brought by the
other guests. It is a wise idea to bakeyour cookies a few days ahead
so you won't be overwhelmed the day of the Swap. If you invite less
than eight guests you really don't get enough variety in cookies,
but if you have more than 12 guests, it would be too much baking
for each person. So 8 to 12 guests seems to work out best.
Decide in advance what type of cookie you will be bringing and
let the hostess know so that there won't be a lot of duplication.
I have one cookie recipe that everyone just assumes I should bring,
my Chocolate Chip Komish Bread cookies (or miniscotti). In one Cookie
Swap that I attended, a lady I had worked with brought some store-bought
cookies and, needless to say, was never invited again. So, the cookies
have to be homemade.
The wrapping is all part of the fun. Place each dozen cookies into
10 decorated bags, or some other unique wrapping, like baskets,
decorative tins, plastic or freezer bags tied with colored ribbons.
It's a great idea, especially for busy women, a perfect excuse to
have a party, but also a way to get together with old and new friends
to enjoy sharing your favorite cookies and recipes. So have lots
of recipe cards and pens ready.
Another way to enjoy your special or favorite cookies is to make
a cookie crust for pies, or any other desserts requiring a dough
crust. You could use chocolate cookies, vanilla wafers, graham wafers
or gingersnap cookies just to name a few. Crush the cookies into
fine crumbs, about 1 1/2 cups (375 mL). Stir in melted butter or
margarine, about 1/4 cup (50 mL) and press into your pie plate.
This type of crust can be chilled without baking, or baked at 350°F
(180°C) for 10 minutes and then cooled.
Cookies are usually made from simple ingredients and are very versatile.
They can be eaten at your leisure time, or when you are on the run
it's great to be able to grab some cookies, take them with you in
the car, in your briefcase, etc. to enjoy later. They're great also
for coffee breaks, snacks or desserts, and most recipes are easy
enough for even a novice cook to attempt as long as you follow the
instructions. There is no limit in the way in which recipes can
be varied according to your own taste. Happy Baking!
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