Choosing The Right Spatula

Choose Your Cookie Flipping Spatula

Is it a spatula or is it a flipper? Both names are right but it can get confusing. To remove cookies from a baking sheet you need a good spatula.  It can be made from metal, usually aluminum, plastic or silicone and it is an essential kitchen tool, especially for bakers. First, let’s try and […]

Wooden Spoons For Baking

Wooden Spoons-An Old And Trusted Friend

Think about this statement: You need at least two wooden spoons in your kitchen.  Your first thought might be that you are reading something from 1965, before plastic and silicone kitchen utensils become popular.  Maybe you thought of your grandmother, who only used wooden spoons because there weren’t any other options.  Guess what, you would […]

Basic Tools For Baking Cookies At Home

Baking cookies doesn’t need to be complicated.  It should be a fairly simple process:  choose a recipe, gather the necessary ingredients, get your equipment and bake!  However, not having the proper kitchen tools for baking means that you will have to work a lot harder to create a good batch of cookies.  No one wants […]

Baking Cookies

Best Cookie Cookbooks Part One

Baking a great cookie always starts with a great recipe.  No matter how talented you are in the kitchen, a good recipe is the key to a successful dish.  Cookies are not the most complicated foods to be baked but they do require a roadmap.  You need to know exactly which ingredients will be needed, […]

Snickerdoodle Cookies

Let’s Make Snickerdoodle Cookies!

What the heck is a snickerdoodle?  It seems that no one is really sure where the name came from or what it is supposed to mean.  The most accepted definition credits the name to a derivative of a German word, schnecken, which is a type of sticky sweet bun.  More realistic is the idea that […]

Using Oven Mitts While Baking Cookies

Hurray For Oven Mitts!

Oven mitts-have you ever spent time thinking about them?  Probably not, but I will bet that you have a couple pair of them in a drawer and that you use them a lot.  The idea behind oven mitts probably came about after the first burned fingers were treated after removing a pot or pan from […]

Baking Shortbread Cookies

Classic Shortbread Cookies

Most of us think about shortbread cookies around the holidays. Everyone is baking for parties and family get togethers and cookie recipes are being pulled out of drawers and recipe books. Maybe you have thought about shortbread cookies during the rest of the year, but it seems that we only bake them during the holidays. […]

Nutrichef Deluxe Nonstick Cookie Sheets

Nutrichef Nonstick Cookie Sheets

Nutrichef has become quite well known for quality kitchen tools, and this three piece cookie sheet set continues that reputation. There are many different materials that can be used to make baking sheets. Aluminum is popular, as is stainless steel. These sheets are made with extremely durable carbon steel, a great conductor of heat as […]

Can You Use Margarine To Bake

Should You Use Margarine For Baking?

Many bakers wonder if they can use margarine for baking instead of using butter. While some high quality spreads might work, butter is still king.  Some oleos are loaded with trans-fats while others don’t taste like butter.  However, using a good quality oleo can often result in delicious baked goods. Can You Use Margarine For […]

Choosing The Best Cookie Sheets

Tips For Choosing The Best Cookie Sheets

A good baker will settle only for the best cookie sheets. You might be surprised at the differences in quality when you shop for baking sheets. What Are the Best Cookie Sheets? The durability of a good cookie sheet is crucial. The best sheets are nonstick and should stand up to the heat without warping. […]

Basic Cookie Baking Tips

Some Basic Cookie Baking Tips

Having a few basic cookie baking tips can be a great way to avoid making mistakes in the kitchen. Cookies aren’t hard to make but problems can happen.  Following the recipe and making sure that you have all of the proper baking tools for making cookies will also help ensure success. Basic Cookie Baking Tips […]

Airbake Natural Cookie Sheets

Airbake Natural Cookie Sheets

Baking sheets haven’t changed much in design in the last 100 years.  They have remained a flat sheet with a rolled rim, although a few designs have eliminated the rim, leaving just a flat sheet.  The materials have changed and non-stick has become standard for many baking sheets, but the sheet itself hasn’t changed much. […]

Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies

What’s your favorite cookie?  While many people will swear by chocolate chip cookies, many more will stand up and shout for a good peanut butter cookie.  Somehow this cookie takes the goodness of a peanut butter sandwich and makes it into a sweet, chewy cookie.  Some want it with chunky peanut butter, some insist that […]

Mixing Bowls

All About Mixing Bowls

You probably have a dozen mixing bowls in your kitchen.  They may be in different cupboards, some may be in the pantry and a few may be missing.  One statement that is possibly true for every cook or baker is that you can never have too many mixing bowls. Mixing bowls have changed over the […]

Cuisinart Stand Mixer

Cuisinart Precision Master Stand Mixer

Ask any experienced baker what their most useful kitchen tool is and you will probably hear “stand mixer” mentioned more than any other item.  Every recipe requires mixing of some sort and there are three ways that this can be accomplished.  One way is by hand, the way our grandmothers did it.  You can use […]

Cookie Sheet Silicone Mat Set

Cookie Sheet Silicone Mat Set

I became a fan of silicone baking mats a few years ago.  A friend mentioned them to me and said she loved using them.  Her cookies baked evenly on the bottom and they came off of the baking sheet in a snap.  Being a skeptic, I ignored her until I heard the same thing from […]