This pre-Christmas season, I set out upon a quest to improve my cookie baking abilities, and to create a stash (most of them frozen) of cookies for the holidays. My four adult children start arriving next week! The trick will be to release a few cookies a day from their hiding spot in order to ration my cookie-work! I tend to be a bit obsessive about Gardening and Food, so I keep these two topics on a separate blog https://www.gardenlove.food.blog/ away from my general day to day topics here on justanumber!
Here is what I learned from the project:
- I do not have enough tupperware. I used to dislike tupperware, but now I can’t get enough of it! Did you know that as of March 2010 all Tupperware sold in the US and Canada are supposed to be BPA free? https://www.tupperware.ca/about-bpa I had no idea! I have always tried to minimize my use of plastic in the kitchen because of BPA, but this makes me happy.
- Those recipes on the internet don’t always work! I like the ones that have reviews or comments, and I like to compare sites and modify the recipes. My relatives’ recipes – re-transcribed for me, are occasionally missing and ingredient or a step. (Usually an important one). It’s good to research and compare a new recipe before you start!
- I now love Parchment paper – Just as with the Tupperware, I scowled at parchment paper, because I thought it was environmentally wasteful and I wondered what was on the paper to make it oven-safe. Well I still think it’s not very green to put paper on cookie sheets and then throw it out, but after using it for most of the recipes – I LOVE the stuff! For $2.60 or so a roll, my Generic Brand 50 foot roll of parchment paper lasted for more than 40 batches of cookies. The cookies didn’t burn or stick, I barely had to wash the cookies sheets and I was able to use it to roll out the dough between parchment sheets. I’m converted. ALTHOUGH……Wikipedia tells me that ” Modern parchment paper is made by running sheets of paper pulp through a bath of sulfuric acid (a method similar to the way tracing paper is made) or sometimes zinc chloride. This process partially dissolves or gelatinizes the paper This treatment forms a sulfurized cross-linked material, with high density, stability, and heat resistance, as well as low surface energy — thereby imparting good non-stick or release properties”. That doesn’t sound very healthy or appealing to me.
- I may spray cookie dough a bit when I beat the cookies. Every time I turn on the electric mixer, the dog lays down at my feet. I definitely should have applied sealer to my new brick kitchen backsplash before starting this project!
- I cannot assume there are any chocolate or caramel chips left just because I bought them yesterday. Apparently my husband thinks these are a snack to be freely consumed on their own. That’s why there were no chocolate chip or snickerdoodle recipes in my project.
The link to some cookie baking tips: https://gardenlove.food.blog/2019/11/23/how-to-bake-the-best-cookies/
The link to the 12 cookie recipes: https://gardenlove.food.blog/2019/12/13/12-cookies-of-christmas/