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- Thomas Jefferson
And as promised we are back with our Christmas special edition and as Christmas giveaway we have bag full of recipes.
So let’s discuss a bit about cookies.
Mostly the terms ‘cookies and ‘biscuit’ are used interchangeably and generally substituted for each other, but there is a small difference between the two.
A cookie is commonly known so in the USA, while in the UK it is known as a biscuit.
For instance, the Dutch made small tidbits from leftover cake batters and called them koekje, which meant little cake. A cookie is a product that is soft cantered, usually made in the style of preparing cake batter and is traditionally sweet. A biscuit, on the other hand, is crisp and hard like a cheese cracker, which can be savoury.
Cookies can be chewy, crisp or can have a soft texture too. There are different types of cookies made depending on the method used to make the dough.
TYPES OF COOKIES
- DROP COOKIES
Soft dough is used for making this type of cookie. The cookies dough is dropped with a spoon, piping bag or Ice cream scoop. These cookies usually spread out and hence they should be spaced out appropriately to allow them to spread.
In this method, the cookies are piped through a piping bag onto the baking tray. The dough has to be in right consistency as a thick dough would be too difficult to pipe and a soft dough will spread too much. Different designs can be piped by using different shapes of the nozzle.
HAND ROLLED COOKIES
These types of cookies are usually made with a stiff dough which is easy to roll, mostly refrigerated. They are then hand rolled into rounds between the palms and then put on the baking sheet.
CUTTER CUT COOKIES
These cookies are made by rolling the dough to a certain thickness and then cutting it with cutters. These cookies are much more symmetric and look neat as they are cut with cutters and are mostly used for cookie designing.
These types of cookies are usually shaped long ropes and are half baked. The cookies are then sliced to the desired thickness while the dough is still warm and placed again on the baking sheets and baked until crisp. This type of baking is known as double baking or ‘Biscotti’ in Italian.
In this method, the dough is baked in sheets and cut later, while in somecases, they are lined on a tray and the topping is spread onto the base before being baked.
FROZEN AND CUT COOKIES
In this the cookie is shaped into logs or bars and sliced when frozen. When frozen it can be shaped or even sheeted easily.
These cookies are mostly made during the festival season or celebrations. This could include cookies made especially for Christmas, Easter, Halloween etc.
Was it a lot…. Well if yes, be prepared for some more information on this topic in our next week’s scoop.
Until then Das Vidaniya!