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National Homemade Cookie Day

By Staff, 10/1/17 7:45 AM



National Homemade Cookies Day is observed annually on October 1. If you are looking for an excuse to bake some homemade cookies, look no further. Package them up and share them with neighbors, co-workers and friends!  
Can you smell them now?  Will it be peanut butter, chocolate chip or snickerdoodle? Whatever the recipe you mix up, enjoying them fresh from the oven with a cold glass of milk and family will make National Homemade Cookies Day even better.  Experiment by trying a new recipe or maybe an old one to share fond memories with the next generation.
Use these tips to make your next batch of homemade cookies the best batch ever:
  • Most cookie recipes have butter or a fat component. The butter should be soft, but cool, almost room temperature.  What to do if you want to bake but you forgot the butter in the refrigerator? Leave each stick of butter in its wrapper and place it in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave the butter on high for 10 seconds. Turn each stick of butter 2 turns. Microwave for 10 more seconds. Turn each stick of butter 1 turn.  While turning, test how soft the butter is.  Depending on your microwave, you may want to stop here and prepare the rest of your ingredients.  If the butter still needs more time, microwave for 5-10 more seconds.
  • Cream the butter and sugar together to create a smooth, fluffy mixture so the sugar isn’t grainy.
  • Beat in each egg separately.
  • Use proper measuring cups for the job.  Liquid measuring cups are larger than the amount needed, clear with lines for visual confirmation of the amount of liquid and have a spout for pouring. Dry measuring cups are designed to be filled to the top with the exact amount.
  • Measure your flour correctly.  Don’t scoop the flour out of the container.  It will pack too much into the cup.  Use a spoon to lightly sift the flour into the measuring cup, then carefully level the excess off with the edge of a knife.
  • Line metal baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats to prevent the cookies from spreading too far.  Or, use a baking stone to have evenly baked cookies every time.


To celebrate National Homemade Cookies Day, try one of these tasty cookie recipes:

Beth’s Spicy Oatmeal Cookies
Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
Monster Chip Cookies
Homemade Lemon Sugar Cookies


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