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Making Cookies

  Here is a list of equipment that will help you make great cookies.  Check individual recipes before you start.  Make sure you have the required equipment on hand.

Mixing Equipment 

Mixing bowls - You'll need small, medium and large bowls.  They can be made of glass, heavy plastic or stainless steel.

Measuring cups and spoons - Use standard measuring cups and spoons.  For measuring dry ingredients, use dry-measure cups.  For liquids, use Pyrex measuring cups.

Pastry blender - Pastry blenders are used to cut shortening into a flour mixture.  When the shortening is evenly distributed, the mixture should look like coarse crumbs.

Electric mixer - Upright or hand mixers may be used to mix cookie dough, unless the dough is very firm.

Wooden spoons - Use wooden spoons to mix stiff dough and for general mixing.

Cookie-forming Equipment

Rolling pin - Rolling pins are used for rolling our cookie dough.

Pastry cloth and stockinette - Cookie dough sticks less when rolled on a pastry cloth than when rolled directly on a floured counter.  A cloth stockinette fits over the rolling pin and helps keep dough from sticking to the rolling pin.

Cookie cutters - Cookie cutters come in many shapes and sizes.  They should be sharp, with no rough edges.

Cookie press - This is a metal or plastic, tube shaped utensil which forms the dough into different shapes by forcing it out through a variety of patterned disks onto a cookie sheet.

Ruler - A 12-inch ruler is handy for measuring rolled-out dough.  It can also be used to measure the size of cookies and pans, or for cutting bars accurately.

Baking Equipment

Cookie sheets - You'll need at least two, and preferably three cookie sheets. 

Shiny, heavy-gauge aluminum or stainless steel cookie sheets with low sides bake cookies the most evenly.

Nonstick cookie sheets work well if the non-stick finish is not too dark.  If it is very dark, reduce the oven temperature 25 degrees F.

Dark cookies sheets absorb more heat and can cause overbrowning of cookie bottoms.  Oven temperature can be reduced 25 degrees F. to compensate for this.

Insulated cookie sheets are made from two layers of aluminum separated by a layer of air.  They can prevent cookies from becoming too dark on the bottom, but may increase the baking time.  Some cookie doughs may spread more on these cookie sheets.

Oven thermometer - Hand or stand an oven thermometer in the oven so you can check for accurate oven temperature when you bake your cookies.

Timer - Exact baking time is important when baking cookies.  Always use a timer when you put your cookies in the oven.

Spatulas - Rubber spatulas are used for folding in ingredients and for scraping dough or batter from the sides of the bowl.  A large metal or plastic spatula works well to transfer cookies to and from cookie sheets.

Cooling racks - You'll need at least two large wire cooling racks.  These are necessary to allow even cooling on all side of the cookies.  

 

Answer the questions below

 
An oven thermometer is listed under equipment.
 
A stockinette fits over a pin.
 
Upright or mixers are two kinds of electric mixers used to mix cookie dough.
 
Measuring cups and spoons are listed under equipment.
 
According to this passage, spatulas can be made of rubber, metal or .
 

What type of cookie sheets are made from two layers of aluminum separated by a layer of air?

nonstick cookie sheets

insulated cookie sheets

dark cookie sheets

 
A -inch ruler is handy for measuring rolled-out dough.
 
A pastry is used to cut shortening into a flour mixture.
 
 Use measuring cups and spoons.
 
Cookie dough sticks less when rolled on a cloth than when rolled directly on a floured counter.
 
baking time is important when baking cookies. 
 
The main idea of this passage is

Always use a cookie press when making great cookies.

Don't forget the baking equipment when you make cookies.

This list of equipment will help you make great cookies.

 

 

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