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How to measure drop cookie dough

measured cookie dough, ready to bake

 The most common type of cookie seems to be the drop cookie. Chocolate chip, oatmeal and anything else that must be scooped and dropped (hence the name) onto a baking sheet without any shaping or rolling falls into this category and, despite how prevalent they are, there is a lot of debate over how exactly you’re supposed to drop the chunks of cookie dough onto your baking ... Read More »

The perfect Cuppa

cuppa mugs

People have always gotten along just fine by “eyeballing” the amount of cream or milk that they add to their coffee. But why estimate when you can get your cup of coffee or tea just the way you like it every time without guessing? One solution is to emulate a few of the more precise coffee drinkers out there and measure the exact amount of milk ... Read More »

3D Halloween Cookie Cutters

3d halloween cookies

Halloween is not a holiday that is as baking/cooking oriented as some others are. The holiday prep in stores tends to focus on candy and decorations, and virtually no one would consider baking something homemade to hand out to trick-or-treaters (unless they were already quite familiar with the children/family in question) because the treat that they had worked so hard to put together would very ... Read More »

Harvest Muffin Pan

As much as I want to hang on to summer for a few more weeks, I personally love fall. The look and smell of the season are intoxicating, with colorful leaves decorating the trees and the hint of winter in the air. Thanksgiving and Halloween are some of the top food holidays of the year, and the flavors that come with the season – pumpkin, ... Read More »

Chocolate Chipper

chocolate and chipper

At first glance, the tool is small and unremarkable, resembling a miniature rake or pitchfork with its wooden handle and metal prongs. Lightweight, but very sturdy, it seems useful and easy to handle, but based on appearances alone, it is hard to figure out what it is for. The tool in question is a chocolate chipper, pictured above with some chipped-up chocolate that makes its purpose ... Read More »

Accent your food – using gold flake chopsticks

Edible gold leaf is one of the most elegant ways to top off a dessert, especially one made with dark chocolate where the little golden flecks can really pop out. Since it’s fairly easy to find at craft and specialty food stores, you can keep some on hand so that it is available when you want to take a special dessert (say, for an anniversary ... Read More »

S-XL Cake Mold

sm-xl cake pan

“That looks great. I’ll take a big piece.” “I’m pretty full. Can I just have a sliver? No, even smaller than that, thanks.”It can be difficult enough to cut a cake into neat slices without having to cater to the sizing whims of your audience. Enter the S-KL Cake Mold, created to make the process very cut and dry. The pan was designed by Ding ... Read More »

Martha Stewart cupcake boxes

Martha Stewart cupcake boxes

One of the things I like best about buying cookies, cupcakes, donuts or other sweets from a bakery is the box that the food always comes in. It’s not that the (usually pink) cardboard is so fancy or elegant, just that you know immediately upon seeing it that it holds something tasty. It’s also something that an ordinary cake carrier can’t quite compete with. Restaurant ... Read More »

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