Endless Cookie Recipe Variations

Finding great cookie recipe variations always puts a smile on my face. If there’s one sweet treat I can’t say no too it’s a perfectly baked cookie.

In the quest to try new flavors I’ve found the best thing to do is change a few ingredients instead of trying to re-invent the wheel with a whole new recipe. Simple changes can make your old cookie recipe seem like sometime brand new.

The basic structure shouldn’t change but you can play around with different flavors. If your recipe called for equal parts white and brown sugar using only brown sugar will make the cookie much richer. Also using only white sugar will give a softer flavor.

Along with your classic vanilla extract you can add a few teaspoons of your favorite flavored extract or liquor. Almond extract is great for an everyday cookie, lemon gives a nice springtime flavor, brandy extract brings memories of Christmas and peppermint is always refreshing.

Some of my favorite cookie recipe variations begin with the endless varieties of chips available. Subsisting peanut butter, butterscotch or cinnamon chips can make for a whole new cookie experience. Even if you prefer chocolate there are milk, white, dark, semi sweet or mint chocolate chips to choose from.

M&M’s or other candy pieces also make a great twist. Think of crushed pieces of peppermint, toffee or your favorite candy and give it a try.

Sliced or chopped nuts add extra crunch along with their distinct flavors. Chopped or crushed almonds, pecans or macadamias nuts are classics for cookies.

Dipping your cookies in tempered chocolate or drizzling them can add another layer of flavor. If you’re not into working with chocolate you can make a frosting for your cookies instead.

Frost the bottom of your cookie and slap a second one on and you have a sandwich cookie. Fill two cookies with a scoop of softened ice cream and put them in a freezer for a bit and you have an ice cream sandwich.

Great Cookie Wedding Favor Ideas

What better way to say thank you to wedding guests then a wonderful cookie wedding favor. However, the question in most people’s mind is what are some good ideas for a cookie wedding favor. You do not want the cookie wedding favor to be to simple and homemade looking that others will laugh but you also do not want it to look commercial and mass produced. So there is a delicate balance that must be held with all wedding favors.

By following some of the ideas below you can easily select a fun cookie wedding favor that will please everyone.

Less is more

This is really true when it comes to cookies. You do not want to overload the guest with a huge bag of 25 chocolate chips cookies placed in a zip lock back. You will want to go for a more sophisticated taste in cookies for a wedding favor. So instead of piling on tons of cookies go with just a few very elegant cookies. Less is truly more, more elegant, more savored, and more of a cookie wedding favor.

Unique cookies

Touched on this concept a little bit in the above paragraph but when putting together a wedding favor made up of cookies it is important to chose very fancy cookies. You do not want simple chocolate chip cookies. It can be helpful to do some search online and in cookbooks to find some classic cookie recipies. One way to keep them unique is to do a few different types of cookies and then place only one or two of each type of cookie in the wedding favor. This means there will only be a total of maybe 6 or 8 cookies but they will all be very unique.

It’s all in the wrapping

Presentation of the cookie wedding favor is also very important. No simple zip lock bag will work for this situation. The time of year, type of cookie and theme of the wedding will really dictate the wrapping. For example if it is a autumn wedding favor a pale pink tissue paper will be to subtle for the season. So try to think about all three things, theme, time, and cookies when putting the wrapping together.

Below are some sample ideas that can work well. However none of these are set in stone and it is more important to use these as suggestions only and then be creative and see what works for your situation.

Fortune Cookies

These are an easy old stand by cookie that has quickly become a very popular wedding favor item. What makes them so fun is the ability to individualize the fortune inside. Also they are easily wrapped in Chinese to go box. These can be dressed up and made more elegant by dipping them in chocolate or even dipping them in white chocolate. Also a white chocolate with orange flavoring can be a nice touch. Wrapping them in gold, silver or bronze foil can also dress your basic fortune cookie up. As for the package it is very easy to find a Chinese food carton in a variety of colors. Just make sure to think about the colors of the wedding and try to tie these in to the favor as well. A simple personalized wedding label or tag can be a nice addition to round the gift off.

Wedding Cake Cookies

Want a little more whimsical and fun cookie wedding favor? Then a cookie shaped and decorated like a wedding gift can be the perfect touch. You can easily order these online or make them yourselves. Any recipie that uses shaped cookies like sugar cookies will do the trick. Then frost them in a white and add some cake decoration with the frosting. Adding personalized touches can really make these cookies become showstoppers. For example decorating each cookie in a unique individual way so no two are the same really helps. Also adding a personalized message to the guest can be a very classy addition. You will want to display the wonderful artwork of the cookie and display the effort that has gone into making these wonderful gifts. Therefore place these in small cellophane see through bags. Then tie them off at the top with a gold ribbon and a customized wedding label or tag.

These are just two very simple ideas and it would be easy to think of a lot of others. Again by contemplating on the wedding theme, time of year, significant colors and so on you can easily derive a very creative or classic cookie wedding favor. By taking the time and planning before hand you can easily purchase the materials you need online or at your local craft store. If you decide that there is no time for homemade cookies and want to purchase them again you can do this easily online. Many people also like to go with a combination of purchasing cookies and then personalizing them with a label or wrapping. Just make sure you leave yourself enough time and plan ahead. This should be a lot of fun and if you give yourself the time to be creative you will end up with a wonderful cookie wedding favor.

Traditional Cookie Recipes – Why Are They Loved So Much?

Long ago, taste and feel of a homemade oatmeal cookie is a very gratifying indulgence. Today, with the so many dessert recipes in thousands of cookbooks everywhere, traditional cookie recipes are every so often set aside.

The way things have change decades after decades also brought dramatic transformation to our old favorite cookies. But how come traditional cookie recipes continued to survive in the ocean of new delectable modern delights? How come traditional mounds of sugary, peanut buttery, chocolatey goodness are still very addicting? There must be something about traditional cookie recipes that makes it so much loved.

Despite the fact that oatmeal cookies are not much considered a favorite these times, old cookie recipes are still among the best, and the reason why? Traditional cookie recipes carry the emblem of the memorable delicious taste and spirit of long ago. Therefore it is proven that sometimes traditions are best! Even the kids today will want to get savvy to make a treat of this wonderful historical taste in their cookie.

If you look around, we are still so used to hearing about the old classic cookie recipes. Pillsbury bake-offs have been existing for over 50 years. Even with the popularity of Splenda today, a lot of people still use the classic brown sugar and wheat pastry flour in place of modern enriched flour. It’s also awesome that oatmeal is still remembered a great substitute to contemporary dried ingredients. I feel nostalgic that even though I style my mother’s traditional oatmeal recipe into modern dreidels, I still feel close to her arms it’s like making the whole thing more delicious.

In my opinion, traditional cookie recipes personify the taste of the old fashioned. The fork pressed edges, the so indulging filling that ranges from raisins to farm-fresh jam, all things carefully made by hand, slower but sure-paced and apron-clad homemakers along with the country smell of fresh-from-the-oven cookies. All these are the extraordinary spices added to traditional cookie dough making the whole wonderful difference.

My best friend bought me old-fashioned chocolate cookies from the oldest bakery in Chicago, once and I swear they brought me back to my childhood! One of the best feelings I’ve ever had. As soon as I took my first bite of these I immediately thought that they have the taste that I love so much. After thinking that perhaps the ingredients are very similar – butter, sugar and cocoa, I have no idea what makes the cookie so delicious. For some reason I am determined it’s the spirit of the cookie’s origin being delivered by horse and wagon in 1905, the year my grandfather was born.

If you are like me, you know why traditional cookie recipes are as delicious as they sound. They are a great thing to make with kids today if you have any little hands eager to help in making them. They will enjoy your cookie childhood stories along with eating the dough straight from the bowl! Truly tradition makes a difference.

Do you have a very old cookie recipe that you’d like to share? The world would love it.