Fun Cookie Treats for Everyone

There are some foods that most people don’t outgrow or take off their favorites list even after decades. Cookies are great example of these as young kids and the young at heart truly enjoy eating cookies whether as snacks, desserts or sometimes even as the main course. You can always express your creativity in making cookies. Whether in the shape, mixture, or taste, cookies never fail to impress and are something that many people crave for. Cookie recipes can come in many varieties and with some simple changes to the ingredients, the shape, and the presentation, you can make cookies that everyone will remember and love.

-Make your cookie recipe more exiting by adding chopped nuts to your mixture. Everyone is sure to enjoy this nutty treat as the mild saltiness can give contrast to the sweetness of the cookie. Additionally, the crunch texture of the nuts is also something that many people will enjoy, whether your cookie is soft, crumbly or chewy.

-For variety, add raisins to your cookie or any dried fruit such as cherry or apple. This can give texture to the otherwise boring plain cookie mix. Dried cranberries and mango pieces are also worth experimenting with.

– To delight everyone’s sweet tooth, add chocolate chips as you finish off combining the mixture or on top of the mixture when they are already in the mold. For some, they add the chocolate chips just moments before the cookie is done baking. With this, they want to ensure that the chips will not be deformed and melt and still retain its beautiful shape.

-Cookies are more fun to eat if they are in different shapes aside from the classic round shape. These specially cut and designed cookies are readily available in grocery stores and in local bakeries. However, you can still create the same look even when you make your own cookies at home. While the regular round shape cookie cutters are available, you can create your own cookie shape by making your own cookie cutters. Fun shapes such as stars, heart or half moons are fun, and seasonal shapes such as fall leaves, Santa’s hat or angel shaped cookies truly bring out the spirit and joy of the season.

You do not have to have advanced baking and culinary skills to create cookies that everybody will love. The ingredients in making cookies are inexpensive and you can make a lot of cookies with small amounts of ingredients. You can also start off with simple yet classic cookie recipes and then move on to more complicated and indulgent recipes after you have honed your baking skills.

The baking tools and equipments you will use are readily available in most kitchens as well and you can make your own kind of cookie cutter as well for that special homemade feel. It’s time to be creative, passionate, and most importantly, have fun as you create different fun cookie treats that everyone will surely love and ask for over and over again.

Essential Cookie Recipes For Your Christmas Cookie Exchange Party

This Christmas, instead of making or buying cookies for Christmas, why not try having or attending a cookie exchange party? With this event, you and your friends each plan to make several batches of one type of cookie. Then each person brings several dozen to the party, enough for everyone to have a certain amount of each cookie that is made. This way, everyone goes home with a huge variety of homemade cookies! This is a great, fun way to save time and money around the holidays. Here’s some of the essential types of cookies that are really must haves for your next cookie exchange party:

Sugar

From fancy, decorated cutout cookies to simple sugar cookie drop cookies to slice and bake sugar cookies. You won’t want to forget to make sure there’s enough of these classic cookies at your party. They are probably the #1 essential!

Other Classics

There’s a few recipes that are modern American Christmas classics, and are traditional for so many families. Cookies like Peanut Butter Blossoms, which are simple peanut butter cookies with a Hershey’s kiss pressed into the middle and also Snickerdoodles, so classic yet simple to make and tasty too.

Bar

These cookies are great for cookie exchange parties, since they are easy to make very quickly. There’s less mess since they are usually made in one bowl and you can make a full batch all at once, in one pan. This makes bar cookies a very handy choice. There’s many choices in this category that are sure to please the other cookie exchangers. Try brownies with different additions like candies or different types of chocolate chips and chunks. Also try blondies and shortbread bar cookies.

Gingerbread

Gingerbread men are one of the most traditional Christmas cookies you can make. They are like sugar cookies except sweetened with some molasses and flavored with spices like ginger, allspice, cloves and cinnamon. They have a very distinct flavor and, along with the sugar variety, are a popular cookie to set out for Santa on Christmas Eve.

Shortbread

Shortbread is quite underrated, they are quite easy to make, since often they use only a few ingredients and they have a rich, buttery taste that are a nice contrast to the super sweet treats you find around Christmas. So don’t forget the shortbread!

Ethnic Choices

Christmas is celebrated in many countries and each country seems to have their own traditional Christmas recipes as well. In Mexico, they have a butter cookie that is flavored with anise and cinnamon called Biscochitos. Biscochitos are also sometimes dusted with a cinnamon sugar. In Italy, they have many varieties of Christmas cookies, but a popular choice is amaretti, which is a cookie made with almonds and egg whites. Ethnic cookies are a great choice to bring some variety to your party.

Whatever the recipe choices for your party, don’t forget to bring along enough containers to hold all the cookies you’ll be going home with!

Tips on the Kitchen Aid 5 Speed Classic Plus Hand Mixer

I absolutely adore my Kitchen Aid Hand Mixer! It is one of my all time favorite gifts.

The KitchenAid 5 Speed Classic Plus Hand Mixer has been such a great kitchen tool for me. My hand mixer was a gift to me from my grandma one Christmas. I would have never imagined how useful my mixer would have been, and how much I would use it on a regular basis.

Take a peek into my kitchen. I want to make a small batch of chocolate cookies. Use the mixer. I would like to make some whipped cream to go with that apple pie. Use the mixer. I need to mix up all my ingredients for that omelet in a jiffy! Use the hand mixer.

My Kitchen Aid hand mixer has two beater arms which you insert into the base of the mixer. I like the way the beater snap easily into place with a gentle nudge and then a little click lets you know they are securely locked into place. When you are done with your mixing chores, with only the push of a button, the mixer arms can be removed for easy cleaning. This KitchenAid hand mixer can be found in most retail stores for around $50. KitchenAid offers many other varieties of mixers but this classic hand mixer is great at getting the common kitchen jobs done.

Although there are other mixers which are more high-tech, high speed and high priced, this five speed hand mixer can really hold its own. The way I figure it is, if you have something which needs a 12 speed hand mixer in order to blend, then it would probably be wise to invest in a stand mixer.

Hand mixers are great for small jobs, but larger mixing jobs are usually better managed by a stand mixer. If you do not have a stand mixer, but attempt to handle recipes calling for large quantity mixing jobs on a regular basis, I would highly suggest that you check into a KitchenAid Stand Mixer.

So if you are in the hunt for a new hand mixer and if your hand mixer seems to be cutting corners and you are just plain tired of it, then go ahead and look into the KitchenAid 5 Speed Classic Plus Hand Mixer. It handles so easily, powering gently through the batter mixes, and the open curved design of the beaters makes clean up a cinch.

I love my KitchenAid 5 Speed Class Plus Hand Mixer and my guess is that if you give one a try you will fall in love with it too.

Happy Baking!