Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Day 2260 - Baking Christmas Cookies

Tis the season to bake cookies ...

Making Kiffles
... tra la la la la, la la la laaa. 

Now I can't speak for the rest of the USA but I do know that baking cookies at Christmas time is big business in Pennsylvania.  Everyone bakes to share the load and to spread the cheer.

So spending Christmas here and getting into the Christmas spirit means I need to learn to bake the way the Pennsylvanian's bake.

Cut-out cookies, chocolate chip cookies and Kiffles are all on the menu at the besties house.

Each type of cookie has it's own intricacies. The choc chip can come in thick and chewy or thin and crispy.  Kiffles have to be rolled just right and ideally should all be the same size.  And the cut-out cookies show the spirit of Christmas in pictures.

Choc chip is of course the all-American cookie.  Kiffles are something to be treasured at the bestie's house because it's part of her family heritage.  Cut-out cookies are a decoration on a plate and just plain necessary at Christmas time.

Cookies aren't easy! Not if you're serious about the outcome.

Did you know that adding more white sugar than brown sugar to a chocolate chip cookie increases its crispness? And adding more brown makes it more chewy.

Also using cool ingredients (eg eggs straight from the fridge or refrigerated dough) makes the dough spread more slowly producing a denser, chewier cookie.  Warm ingredients and warm dough spreads more quickly which makes cookies thinner and crispier.

There is an art to making cookies, that's for sure.  There is also an art to storing them.  If you like your cookies soft and chewy then store them in an airtight container with a slice of bread.

So much to learn!

So much to eat.

No wonder Christmas is the season to be jolly.

Ho ho ho ho ho. 

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