I had cookies on my mind while driving home for lunch today and figured there was enough to discuss about them for a whole thread.
First of all, do you have a cookie jar and do you mostly keep it full?
Second, what are your favorite cookies to make or buy?
Third, what tips do you have for making cookies, what techniques do you use?
I don't have a cookie jar. Since I live alone, I mostly make cookies for events and store any leftovers I bring home in plastic bags. When I get goodies in tins (like from Swiss Colony), I save the container and use those to put cookies I'm making for gifts in.
The cookies I make most often are peanut butter, shortbread, sugar, and chocolate chip or cookies made with a variety of chips (chocolate and peanut butter, chocolate and butterscotch, etc.).
I prefer making cookies from mixes or, if the recipe is simple, from scratch. I never have liked refrigerated cookie rolls too much. They spread out and shape funny, they taste pretty bland, and they just seem like such a cop-out when good cookies can be made just as easily.
I would like to have a cookie spritz but since I don't, I most often make drop cookies. If I'm feeling lazy or have a lot of cookies to make, I'll make sheet cookies. I prefer drop cookies because the crisp edges are the best part and you don't get as much of that from pan cookies.
I'm a bit fussy with the shape of my cookies. I try to make them all about the same shape and size so they'll cook evenly. Often if a recipe calls for you to drop cookies by rounded teaspoons, I bump it up to an even tablespoon so I can press the dough into my tablespoon measure and level it off to make each cookie the same size.
I used to mix chocolate chips into the dough and then scoop it out to make the cookies but I hate it when the last batch or so ends up with practically no chips so recently I started scooping out the dough before adding the chios, then rolling the dough in chocolate chips and pressing the chips into the dough. That way each cookie gets a good amount of chips.
I almost forgot to mention my favorite bought cookies! I love Oreos, Nutter Butter, and Pepperidge Farms Verona cookies. Once in a great while I'll get Chips Ahoy or Lorna Doone shortbread cookies but since chocolate chip and shortbread cookies are so easy to make, I usually just make those myself. I don't have a favorite Girl Scout cookie anymore. When I was growing up, Samoas were by far my favorite but now I like several of their cookies about the same. They're all good!