Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Greatest Hits . . . Works For Me Wednesday

This week's Works For Me Wednesday is at themed edition and the theme is "Greatest Hits."

So, from the archives and my very first WFMW post:

"Helping cookies keep their shape..."


To help cookies keep their shape, freeze them! I freeze each batch of cut-out cookies for 5 to 10 minutes before baking. They rise just slightly higher and keep their shape better. This really helps when using an intricate cookie cutter, but I do this even when baking circles.

If I'm baking a large batch of cookies, I normally have four cookie sheets rotating:
  1. one sheet in the oven,
  2. one in the freezer,
  3. one on the counter for loading,
  4. one cooling off from the oven.

Hope that helps! :) It is a question I get asked A LOT!

Is there anything you are wondering about cookie making? Post a comment and I'll try to add it to future WFMW.

27 comments:

  1. I SO wish this would have been up 3 hours ago...I would have MUCH better looking cookies for my bridal luncheon tomorrow!! Oh well...there's always next time, right?!

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  2. It sure helps!!
    I've been doing this for many months..!
    It's a fantastic tip!
    Thanks so much,
    Sophie

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  3. Wonderful tip! I will try this out next time I make cookies. I always have a horrible time keeping mine from spreading out so much

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  4. I'm definitely using this tip. My cookies are either too puffy or they spread. Thanks!!

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  5. Great, simple, easy tip to share... I always make mine super chilled, too, but I'm going to clear out a space in the freezer next time to try this out!

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  6. Thank you for that info. First time I have heard that. I avoid using some of my cookie cutters at Xmas because the cookies spread. Now I will go back to using them all.

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  7. That is an AWESOME tip! my daughter & i just made easter sugar cookies and want to do more baking together.

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  8. Genius! So glad you dipped into the greatest hits as I missed this the first go around.

    Thank you!!

    -Rachel from A Cupcake for Moose

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  9. I always forget this tip.....and I'm baking cookies today, so I'm going to give it a try!!

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  10. This really works.

    Also, because I'm really inept at rolling, cutting, and transferring to the cookie sheet, I roll my dough on waxed paper or a silicone mat, and freeze it before I cut the cookies out. Then the cookies are easy to pick up and move to the cookie sheet and they don't get stretched or distorted.

    Love your blog - checking it as part of my morning routine!

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  11. This is great advice! Wish I had had it last week when I was making Easter cookies. My little chicks ended up looking like huge blobs.

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  12. I have been frustrated by this for years. THANK YOU!

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  13. Getting lots of messages that people can't leave a comment...testing, 1,2...

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  14. great suggestion! I always struggle with cut out cookies. now i just need a freezer that will fit my cookie sheets. :(

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  15. wow! never would have thought of that and I def need help on mine keeping their shape! thanks B!

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  16. wow! never would have thought of that and I def need help on mine keeping their shape! thanks B!

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  17. Great tip! I always chill in the refrigerator but I bet the freezer would be even better. I am going to try it the next time I make cookies!

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  18. This is one of your tips I have never skipped while baking your cookie recipe! Works every time...

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  19. Hi Bridget!

    I do that too. It helps. Now I just need some of those super decorating skills of yours.

    Laura

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  20. Thanks for the tip. I will try that next time. Love & blessings from NC!

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  21. Oh I do need to spend even MORE time over here going back and back and reading old post/tips! I remember when I first found Bake at 350!
    I stayed on this blog for days!
    I finally popped back into reality when I decided to make those PINK cookies for BAMA tailgating! I remember emailing you...
    stressed that the icing was PINK...
    and not RED!
    I remember you saying...
    "well if I know those Alabama fans...
    when they see PINK....they are going to THINK RED!!!"
    Wow!
    You emailed me back...and you didn't even know me! I love you for that Bridget!
    xxooxx

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  22. That's a great tip! I usually refrigerate the dough before rolling, which also helps... But, I have been known to pop the sheets into the freezer, too (if they fit... LOL!)

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  23. Thanks for checking out my easter cookie and cupcake links. I appreciate encouragement from a pro like you. :) To answer your questions, I bought the fondant for the cupcakes.... and yes, I used a projector for my bunny cookies. My secrets are out! ha ha.

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  24. this post totally saved my cookies, thank you for posting this!!
    I am following your blog for the next few days for some baby shower favors, I hope they come out somewhere close as cute as your cookies!!

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