How to Save a Bad Batch of Cookies

Baking cookies is a science.  The right measurements for ingredients determine how your cookies will turn out: flat, puffy, too soft, too dry, or hard.  It can be difficult to fix your cookie dough, especially if you’ve added too much of one ingredient or didn’t add enough of another. Here are a few solutions to common baking mishaps:

Problem: The cookie dough is too sticky.

Solution: Place your cookie dough into a large bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let it sit in the refrigerator for up to one hour.  Take out the dough and roll out on a floured surface.  Dust the rolling pin with flour if it’s still sticky. Continue reading

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Tips for Baking the Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie

Chocolate chip cookies are classic. But what happens when you get a cookie that’s too flat, too crunchy, or too burned on the bottom? You know when you’ve bit into the perfect cookie, so here are some tips to help you get there:

Be a Softie

Softening butter in the microwave can be difficult. It’s either not soft enough, or it’s entirely melted. When you know you’re going to be baking cookies, set the butter out for an hour and let it warm up to room temperature. If you’re short on time, you can also grate refrigerated butter into a bowl, and it will soften in just a few minutes. Continue reading

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Next At Bat: Baseball Cookies for Spring Training!

What do you do in the fall when there are no baseball games being played? You wait for spring, of course! Spring training is here, and the best teams in the nation are looking forward to the upcoming regular season.

Spring training has long been a regular practice of baseball teams around the country. As early as 1870, teams were gearing up for a new season by adding in extra practice games. The first known spring training session was when the Cincinnati Red Stockings and the Chicago White Stockings held baseball camps in New Orleans in 1870. This allowed the teams and coaches to decide which veterans were nonessential and which rookies were more valuable. By 1900, spring training was a well-established baseball tradition. Since then, the Cactus and Grapefruit leagues have formed in Arizona and Florida as spring training sites. Long known as the American pastime, baseball continues to bring family and friends together every spring. Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day Special: Sweet Things for your Sweetheart

With Valentine’s Day upon us, love is in the air. But with all the ways to impress your sweetheart this February 14th, you really want to make a good impression! Cookies by Design has some wonderful ways to show your special someone how much they mean to you!

Why do we celebrate Valentine’s Day? There are many stories; since the Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend says that Valentine defied Emperor Claudius II and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret, because they had been banned. Valentine greetings have been seen as far back as the Middle Ages, and the oldest known valentine was a poem written in 1514 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife. The poem is now in the British Library in London. Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day Photo Contest!

Valentine's Day Photo Contest!Love is in the air, and Cookies by Design is having a Valentine’s Day Photo Extravaganza! Whether you’re spending this Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart or your best friends, enter our photo contest:

Get to baking!

What could be better than some homemade cookies on Valentine’s Day? Using those homemade cookies to win a contest! Get a group of your friends together and have a sweet day of baking, and be sure to get creative with your cookies! We want to see your best shapes, decorations, and presentations for Valentine’s Day. Once you’ve baked your cookies (and probably eaten a few!) snap a picture and submit it with your entry form. Continue reading

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