This is an account of one day in the Kingdom of Reality. Incidents may have been embellished and names are definitely changed.
A Bakers Tale
Once upon a time in the Kingdom of Reality, a young Princess was lost in thought trying to find a fun way to raise money for the local schoolchildren.
It came to her that a grand fair with a lot of games and other activities would be the perfect answer!
Food, drink, music and bouncing houses would be a great way for the towns people to spend a day of frivolity and fund raising to help the local school.
Venturing off by herself she headed for the shoppe of the Royal Baker.
Now it was well known how much the Royal Baker loved the little Princess and would do anything she asked.
The Baker always had a pantry full of everything needed to make any treat the princess had a fancy for.
But the Baker was very tired today after staying up into the wee hours of the morning partying and conversing with friends from far away lands.
The little Princess rang the bell of the Shoppe and burst through the door in excitement.
Explaining her idea to the Baker, she asked for help in making the cookies to be sold from very long tables.
The Baker would normally smile and hug the little Princess but not not this morning.
The little Princess put on her sad face and batted her eyelashes. The Princess simply said, “Pleeeeease Royal Baker! I can’t do this without your help!”
Of course the Baker couldn’t resist and agreed.
When the Princess returned later that day the Baker presented a box of 17 dozen cookies for the fair.
Off to the side was another box wrapped with white string. Inside was a “special” dozen of cookies meant just for the Princess.
After all it was never certain when the King and Queen would consent to a small treat for the little girl.
The Princess squealed with delight and skipped all the way home to the castle.
The Baker let out a long sigh and went off for a much needed rest.
Here are some photos of the cookies as they were cooling as well as after they were packaged. Want your cookies to be this thick and round and not burnt on the bottom? The secret is in the last photo.
I tried the biscuit cutter and rim of a glass method but the dough spread in the oven.
This was great!
Any size muffin tin works.
The tins are a bit thicker than a cookie pan so the bottom doesn’t scorch. Spray the wells with oil and wipe the excess with a paper towel. I used a 2″ cookie scoop sprayed with oil so there was no sticking and all the dough fell in the well.
I baked at 350 F for 8 minutes. Since the tins were shorter than my cookie pan I was able to put them side by side on the center shelf. The cookies had room to spread in the well so they weren’t extra thick.
They were all totally cooked without being burned. I guess that was a win win for me! And I didn’t have to worry about spacing.
I will never use a cookie sheet again! Just run a knife around the rim, tap the bottom and they pop right out. Happy cookie baking.
When Baking In Batches
Once you have removed a cookie sheet from the oven and transferred the baked cookies to a cooling rack. You need to be sure the pan has cooled to room temperature before putting more cookie dough on it.
Putting dough on hot pans will cause it to spread or lose its shape before it gets into the oven, increasing the risk of burned edges and flat cookies.
If you want to continue scooping or shaping while your first pan of cookies is baking, go right ahead.
Deposit the rest of the batter on sheets of parchment, then lift the parchment onto the cooled sheets when they’re ready.