Holiday Noshes Image Gallery Get creative with your cookies! See more pictures of holiday noshes. ©iStockphoto.com/DanielBendjy Who isn't delighted at Christmastime by those portion-sized, decorative cakes known as cookies. They're a popular holiday baking tradition that spans generations. We serve them, eat them and give them away as gifts. What could be yummier than a decorative tin or platter of chewy, nutty, frosted or crunchy cookies as a holiday gift? Why, lots more cookies, of course! Come Together with Cookies in Mind There's more than safety in numbers; there's variety, too. Cookie swaps are an ingenious way to make cookie baking a little easier while creating a wonderful excuse to have a party. Instead of making 10 dozen cookies using five recipes, make 10 dozen cookies using a single recipe, and exchange cookies with five friends who are doing likewise. If you organize your efforts so everyone is making a different style of cookie and share your bounty, you'll … [Read more...] about How to Host a Holiday Cookie Swap
Internet cookies raise privacy concerns, although they can also make the Web easier to navigate. See pictures of popular Web sites. Most Internet cookies are incredibly simple, but they are one of those things that have taken on a life of their own. Cookies started receiving tremendous media attention back in 2000 because of Internet privacy concerns, and the debate still rages. On the other hand, cookies provide capabilities that make the Web much easier to navigate. The designers of almost every major site use them because they provide a better user experience and make it much easier to gather accurate information about the site's visitors. In this article, we will take a look at the basic technology behind cookies, as well as some of the features they enable. … [Read more...] about How Internet Cookies Work
Cuneiform cookies may look ancient, but they taste delicious. Artisteer/Smiltena/Thinkstock/De Agostini/Getty The holiday season is upon us, which means we have about a month to stuff our faces with all the seasonal fare we can bring ourselves to buy — or make. For a lot of us, that means cookies. Sugar cookies in the shape of Christmas trees. The old family recipe for special Russian tea cakes. Cookies that take advantage of that leftover Hanukkah gelt. Betty Crocker would be happy to send you cookie recipes for every day of the season. But when making gingerbread cookies this year, let's go beyond great-grandma's recipe. Like, 5,000 years beyond, to the ancient Sumerian cuneiform script. Cuneiform was the world's first written language, and it was first written on clay tablets that then were fired in a kiln to harden. So, we're not stealing a recipe from the Sumerians so much as we're creating a cookie that they could understand. Here's how Katy Blanchard, keeper of … [Read more...] about Cuneiform Cookies Just in Time for the Holidays!
Don't save all the cookies for Santa; enjoy some for yourself. See more pictures of holiday baked goods. ©iStockphoto.com/LauriPatterson One of the most highly anticipated holiday traditions in many households is the making and baking of Christmas cookies. From holiday-themed sugar cookies, to other goodies like seven-layer bars, these decadent treats are consumed gleefully by the handful. Since handmade goes right along with the Christmas spirit, you can make Christmas cookies for your family to eat, or you can even wrap them in colorful holiday tins or jars and give them as gifts. Baked Goodies Long before the first snow hits the ground, iced confections in the shapes of Santas, Christmas trees, stockings and reindeer start making their rounds. These brightly decorated delights are typically sugar cookies. Sugar cookie dough is perfect for cookie cutters because it retains its shape nicely, and their smooth tops make them ideal candidates for decorating. Gingerbread … [Read more...] about Christmas Cookies 101
Bars and brownies like these ultimately ship much better than cookies like gingersnaps and meringues. Image by Sherry Galey/Getty Images Baking and sending homemade cookies for the holidays is a sweet tradition. That's because everyone loves getting cookies. But nobody loves getting a box of cookie crumbs. The good news is getting your fresh-baked cookies through the mail so they arrive to their recipient as deliciously as the day you baked them isn't rocket science, but there definitely is a science to it. We talked to experienced baker Susan Reid, food editor of Sift Magazine, for her expert tips. She likes to approach mailing a box of cookies like she's the cookie herself. "You have to mentally take the trip along with your food and imagine how it's going to get there," she says. "Mentally shake it in a box up and down 15 times and open the box. That's what you just gave someone." To avoid sending out a big batch of crumbs, keep reading for Reid's simple tips. 1. Bake Tough … [Read more...] about 4 Steps to Safely Ship Holiday Cookies