Yes, we’re in the midst of a busy 4-H season here. Part of that involved foods judging on Monday. It was my youngest daughter’s first year, and the requirement was to bake cookies.
This is always a challenge. Not baking cookies per se – I’ve done that many times. But 4-H (motto: To make the best better if that gives you an idea of the stress involved) requires more than just cookies. We were in search of the perfect cookie — actually, 6 cookies that were perfect. If they have chips, each cookie must have the same number of chips. The judge may hold the bottom of 2 cookies up to each other to see if they match. And, the bottom of the cookie must not be darker than the top.
This has always been a problem here. No matter how I positioned my shelves (or shelf – for the fair, I use just one oven shelf, positioned exactly in the center), the bottom ended up darker. From my reading, I found that I probably needed a lighter finish cookie sheet.
For our recipe, scroll down to the “Peanut Butter Mice” recipe – you’ll recognize it by the cute little mice in the photo.
We followed the recipe exactly, although we refrigerated the dough for about 36 hours. I had read somewhere the cookie dough often does better when refrigerated a day or so – I think it has to do with the flavors blending??
Then, on to the baking. How would the light finish baking sheet perform?
The judge gave my daughter’s cookies reserve champion. She was so excited!