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As the holiday season gets closer, it is a valuable use of time to gather all of your baking supplies together. Taking the time to insure that you have all of your necessary baking supplies will prevent any last minute runs to the market once you start baking your holiday sugar cookies and other delicious treats. Cookie decorating supplies come in two categories: perishable and non-perishable.
When gathering your non-perishable tools, make sure to inspect the quality of your baking sheets. Many people use parchment paper to line their cookie sheets when baking. If that is a baking tool you use, make sure that you have a nice stock on hand. Parchment paper is non-stick and makes the removal of cookies very quick and easy. It also keeps the baking sheets clean so you can switch between different recipes without mess.
Cookie cutters are an important part of any sugar cookie baking experience; gather all of your cookie cutters into one area and examine them for any breaks or cracks; replace damaged ones. A cookie press is a popular tool for creating shaped cookies without having to roll out the dough and cut into shapes. Many people make a combination between the hand cut cookies shapes and the cookie press or cookie gun version.
For the process of recipe creation, you need to make sure that your hand or standing mixer is in good working order. This time-saving device is a must have when making a variety of cookies in one day. Locating mixing bowls, a rolling pin, cooling racks, measuring cups and measuring spoons is a great thing to complete in the days prior to a cooking baking and decorating event.
If you have a cookie decorating kit that contains colored sugars, sprinkles, candy toppings and frostings, gather that and determine which supplies need restocking. It is also a good time to examine piping bags and decorator tips to make sure that all the pieces are in good working order.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|