6 Simple Ways to Bake a Perfect Cookie Every Time!

While we know our readers are looking for a great deal, from time to time we’ll feature tips and tricks on related topics– here’s an article on baking cookies that we’re sure you’ll love!

Few things can compare to delightful sensation of biting into a Perfect Cookie. The gooey insides decadently juxtaposed with the crunchy outer layer, with the right amount of moisture, flavor and sweetness. As perfect as the perfect cookie is, executing it properly depends on a multitude of factors that make you feel like you’re doing a science project, rather than baking a treat.

 

The perfect Cookie depends on the right combination of ingredients, execution and precision. Believe it or not, Baking is a science. It’s not as hard as you think. As long as you follow your recipe and pay attention, executing the perfect cookie is well within the realm of your ability.

Through plenty of research, practice and baker wisdom, here are the 6 most effective ways you can ensure that your cookie comes out perfect EVERY single time!

 

1 – Chill your dough: It seems simple enough, but sometimes you’re in a rush (or you just can’t wait). Have you ever tried to scoop cookie dough once it’s been chilled to a solid rocky mass of edible cement? It’s not for the faint of heart.

Instead, roll your cookies into the little balls of dough and then stick them in the fridge overnight. If you can’t possibly wait that long though, try sticking them in the freezer for an hour. It may seem unnecessary but do not be mistaken, chilled cookie dough can be your one way ticket to perfect-cookie-ville. -Can we pause for a second and imagine what it would be like to live in perfect-cookie-ville? Thanks. I think we both needed that-

 

Chilling your cookie dough helps it maintain it’s shape while baking in high temperatures. Your cookies won’t immediately start cooking, which will give the dough time to settle and heat more evenly. This also allows for the cookies to retain more moisture while baking and can help the bottom of your cookies from getting too crunchy, too fast! Chilling your batter also helps lock in the texture and consistency your dough achieves after being ‘freshly’ mixed. This is a great way to avoid watching your batter spoil after sitting too long.

 

2 – Room Temperature Butter and Eggs: Now this may seem contradictory. Why wait for the butter and eggs to reach room temperature if we’re going to chill the batter anyways? The reason is simple. Allowing these ingredients to reach the right temperature ensures that your batter mixes the way it should. When all of your ingredients mix at room temperature, you avoid clumps and allow for the batter to mix evenly and consistently.

 

When your butter is at room temperature, it helps emulsify and combine the wet and dry ingredients much more effectively. This gives your batter the perfect baking consistency. Allowing your eggs to reach room temperature as well helps your dough maintain the right amount of texture. We know you want to get baking, and who has time for butter to get soft?

But trust the wisdom of the baking gods: patience is a virtue!

 

3 – SLAM your cookies – literally: Take your dough and slam it onto your sanitized counter. Will this make you look ridiculous? Yes. Will people stare? Let them. You’ll have the last laugh when the experience the ecstasy of your perfect cookie.

Slamming your dough onto the counter actually helps the cookies settle into place so they bake evenly. Similar to the process of kneading dough, giving your cookies a quick smack before they hit the oven will do wonders. This was once just a secret that housewives shared with one another, but thanks to the magical beauty of the internet we have brought it to you!

 

4 – Add an extra pinch of salt: Just one extra pinch of salt can do wonders, especially if there’s chocolate in your cookie! One popular trick for amazing Chocolate Milk is adding a pinch of salt, to bring out the chocolate flavor. This trick was even showcased on an episode of ABC’s Modern Family when Julie Bowen’s character adds a pinch of salt to Sofia Vergara’s Chocolate Milk!

 

5 – Most effective method? Bake on Silicone: What’s the perfect medium to bake on? Silicone. Silicone has been known for enhancing the quality of anything that gets baked on it. Not only does it protect your cookies from the hot steel of a Baking Sheet or Baking Pan, but silicone also distributes heat evenly. Check out this quote we found of a review on Baking Buddy’s Amazon listing:

 

“Since the Baking Buddy only covered half of the pan, only half of the cookies were baked on the silicone surface. Something interesting happened when I took them out of the oven though! The cookies that weren’t baked on the Baking Buddy (same batter, oven temp, everything) came out DRIER than the other cookies. The baking was far less even and the bottoms were too crunchy….but the cookies Baked on the BAKING Buddy? Perfect! Evenly cooked, moist and crunchy on the inside. I’m blown away (that doesn’t happen easily). I’ve never seen any product do this before…”

http://www.amazon.com/review/R29C8LTOQK30ZI/

 

On top of ensuring a perfect bake, Baking Mats are also notorious for having a non stick surface. This eliminates the need for Parchment Paper and Grease while also making the whole process of baking easier and mess free. If Baking is a struggle for you, or you’re just beginning, try finding a great Non Stick Silicone Baking Mat to bake your Cookies on. Baking Buddy is currently the only Baking Mat on the market that actually includes a Standard Cookie Recipe on the surface of the mat, among many other convenient pieces of information like measurements and metric conversions.
6 – Take advantage of the Cookie Chart: The funny thing about perfection? Everyone has a different version of it. How could anyone crack the code to the ‘Perfect Cookie’ when people like different types of cookie? Some like them gooey and thick, others like their cookie flat and crunchy. That’s where the beauty of the Cookie Chart comes in. The Cookie Chart is a graph that shows you how to modify your amount of an ingredient in your cookie recipe, based on the type of cookie you desire. It can be seen here, printed on Baking Buddy’s Non Stick Silicone Baking Mat. Don’t be afraid to take advantage of it, so that you can bake YOUR version of the perfect cookie!

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Five Gadgets for Back to School


Schools supplies are getting more and more sophisticated as the years go by

Going back to school can mean shopping for a variety of new clothes and school supplies such as pencils, notebooks and textbooks. It can also mean looking for interesting gadgets that are part of the educational experience and can aid in the challenges of school. Here are five gadgets to consider when doing some of your back-to-school shopping.
Backup power
It can be inconvenient when a smart phone or personal music device runs out of power in the middle of school. When a power plug isn’t readily available or convenient, a student can turn to an external battery for help. These portable devices can easily be carried in a purse, pocket or backpack, and can be purchased for less than $20. One example is the Anker Astro Mini, and more info on this accessory can be found at http://www.ianker.com/External-Batteries/category-c1-s1.
Sun-driven keyboard
Solar technology has been used in smaller calculators for years, but only recently has it become more common in computer keyboards. Today, students can purchase a full computer keyboard from Logitech that is powered by sunlight or lamplight. This device can be used both outdoors and indoors. Prices start at less than $55, and additional data on this environmentally friendly keyboard can be found at http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Wireless-Solar-Keyboard-iPhone/dp/B007VL8Y2C.
A pen that is mightier
Taking notes continues to be part of the education process on many levels, but today that process has become much more sophisticated in terms of processing power. That is because there are smartpens like the Sky pen. This device can record many hours of audio and automatically transmit written notes via Wi-Fi into an app like Evernote. The 8GB model retails for $179.95, and more information on this powerful pen can be found at http://store.livescribe.com/smartpen/8gb-skytm-wifi-propack.html.
Digging in the backpack
The school backpack can get filled with all sorts of supplies, and sometimes the right object is hard to find. Emptying the backpack may not always be practical, which is why there is now an LED backpack that has low-emission lights sewn into the interior. This backpack is designed to hold a laptop or tablet along with school books, and the lights automatically turn off after 25 seconds. The backpack retails for $69.99, and more info is available at http://www.sharperimage.com/si/view/product/LED-Backpack/201789?question=backpack.
The color calculator
Despite the advancements in computers and tablets, there are still key mathematical functions that are best served by a calculator. Today, the calculator has been enhanced with color, better graphics and pictures. One example is the TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition Graphing Calculator, which can be found for less than $100. More information on this colorful educational tool can be found at http://education.ti.com/en/us/products/calculators/graphing-calculators/ti-84-plus-c-silver-edition/tabs/overview.
Gadgets are part of everyday life, and that includes the school setting. These particular items can help with learning, and in many cases make the school day a little more interesting.

 

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CVS Dollar or Less Deals for the Weekly Ad of 5/4/2014

These are the CVS Dollar or Less Deals from the CVS weekly ad of May 4, 2014.  Some items are $1 after extra bucks or coupons and some are sale priced at $1.

Dollar items often come in handy when your receipt total is less than your total amount of extra bucks you want to use.

$1 or Less:  (Coupons will take even more off!)

  • Arizona Tea 23-23.5oz 69¢
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$2.00 off One Venus Razor Printable Coupon ~ Print for CVS Sale Week of 5/11/2014

Here are the CVS Beauty & Personal Care Item Deals with coupon matchups for the CVS weekly ad of May 4, 2014.

CVS’s large beauty, cosmetics and personal care department offers shoppers a wide variety of cosmetics and personal care items.  Each week their ad features great prices on dozens of these products. They also offer a CVS Beauty Club where shoppers are rewarded for purchasing beauty

 

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CVS Baby Deals with Coupon Matchups for the Weekly Ad of 5/4/2014

Here are the CVS Baby Deals with coupon matchups for the CVS weekly ad of May 4, 2014.

Surprisingly CVS is a great place to pick up needs for the baby of the family.  Tho their regular prices are higher than the discount stores, their sale prices often beat them by far.

Not a lot of baby deals this week, but here is what we have to work with:

Huggies Diapers, Pull-Ups, GoodNites Jumbo Pk.

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CVS Grocery Deals with Coupon Matchups for the Weekly Ad of 5/4/2014

Here are the CVS Grocery Deals with coupon matchups for the CVS weekly ad of May 4, 2014.

If you have not looked at buying groceries at CVS yet, be sure to look over the ad each week to see if they are offering a great price on an item you normally would purchase at your grocery store.

7UP, A&W, Canada Dry, or Sunkist 2 liter bottle (Limit 4) B1G1 Free

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CVS Household Deals with Coupon Matchups for the Weekly Ad of 5/4/2014

Here are the CVS Household Deals with coupon matchups for the CVS weekly ad of May 4, 2014.

Saving money on cleaning supplies, paper products and other household items is a breeze at CVS.  Between their sales and extra buck deals matched with current manufacturer coupons you can save a good bit on household necessities.

CVS Batteries B1G1 FREE

Palmolive 10oz (Limit 4) 99¢
$1/2 Palmolive

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Amazing Coupon For Aleve~Print yours before they are all gone!

Here is an amazing coupon from Aleve.  You can print this coupon and save $2.00 off Aleve-D products.  Please hurry, because this coupon won’t last long.  You can print it now before they are gone and use it later when a great deal comes up.  When I find a deal to use this with I will post about it.  Just click on here  and scroll down to print your coupon.

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