Today I began a Christmas cookie baking marathon! A friend of mine asked me to help provide Christmas cookies for an event she was organizing, so I am baking 28 dozen Christmas cookies! They won’t all be cut-out cookies that we think of at Christmas, but some will be. I did about half of the required dozens today and plan to finish up tomorrow. While I was baking today, I remembered 2 tips that I have learned over the years to help cookies keep their shape while baking. I don’t always do these little tricks, but I did today, and the cookies look great!
Tip #1–Instead of mixing the baking soda with the flour mixture, dissolve the baking soda in a little bit of water and add it to the wet mixture. This allows the soda to be mixed evenly into the cookie dough and lets the cookies rise well during baking. They also retain the height they get while baking and don’t flatten out!
Tip #2–When you have a cookie sheet filled with unbaked cookies, place the cookie sheet in the refrigerator for about 5 minutes before popping it in the oven. When the cookie dough is cold, the cookies hold their shape better while baking. This works really well when you make the cut-out cookies.