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Use heavy baking sheets that distribute heat evenly, creating uniformly baked cookies.

When a recipe calls for greased baking sheets, a light spray of Crisco® No-Stick Cooking Spray is ideal. Even nonstick baking sheets benefit from a light spray.

To keep cookies from spreading, chill the dough before baking.

Cookies become overdone quickly and will continue to cook for several minutes after being removed from the oven. Avoid baking them until they're fully brown. Look for golden brown edges instead.

Leave cookies on the baking sheet for 2 to 3 minutes after they're out of the oven, and then remove them to a cooling rack. Lifting them any earlier leads to tears and breaks. Leaving them on longer can cause them to stick.

When adding nuts to a batter, do so at the very last moment and the nuts will have a crispier texture.

If you're chopping nuts in a food processor, use a portion of the sugar or flour specified in the recipe. It will keep the nuts from sticking together from their oils.

Raisins and other dried fruits are better if plumped before they are added to a dough or batter. Pour boiling water over the dried fruit and soak for 30 minutes. Then drain and blot well on paper towels.

Portion cookie dough into cookie-sized scoops (cut out rolled cookies) and freeze them, in a single layer, in resealable plastic bags. Write the oven temperature and bake time onto each plastic bag. You can enjoy fresh-baked cookies in no time by simply retrieving the desired amount and baking them straight from the freezer. Add a few minutes to the baking time for frozen dough.

To keep baking times consistent, be sure that all cookies are about the same size.

Homemade Cookie Mix Gifting Ideas

Here are some unique gift ideas that really areas much fun to give as they are to receive.

Fill a Pretty Mason Jar with Crisco® Homemade Cookie Mix

Fill a pint, quart, half-gallon or gallon jar with Crisco® Homemade Cookie Mix and embellish it with your own personal flair. Attach a recipe card or two with directions for completing one of the fun Homemade Cookie Mix recipes. Each recipe comes with its own gift tag, which adds an extra creative touch. Use the chart below for measurement.

Pint Jar
Holds 2 cups of mix

Quart Jar
Holds 4 cups of mix

Half-Gallon Jar
Holds 8 cups of mix

Gallon Jar
Holds 1 complete recipe of Homemade Cookie Mix (16 cups)

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Layer a Mason Jar with Cookie Mix Plus Other Ingredients

Here are some helpful tips for creating a spectacular, layered cookie gift.

1. Alternate colors when layering for maximum visual contrast.
2. Generally sugars go on the bottom, to prevent them from sifting through other ingredients, and nuts or chips go on the top.
3. A wide mouth jar makes layering easier.
4. Carefully packing each layer down will allow you to fit more ingredients than the volume measurement of the jar if desired.
5. Fill any air space in the Mason jar with crumpled cellophane orplastic wrap.
6. Attach recipe card with instructions for adding remaining ingredients.
7. Fill out gift tag.

FILL A MASON JAR WITH COOKIE MIX LAYERS

Quart Jar
4 cups

2 batches of Peanut Butter & Jelly Cookie Bites (2 cups)
Fill jar with:
1 1/2 cups Homemade Cookie Mix
3/4 cups finely chopped peanuts
Attach recipe card and instructions to add remaining ingredients.
(These can also fit into a carefully packed pint jar.)

Layered Mix of Classic Gingersnaps (2 1/2 cups)
Fill jar with:
2 1/2 cups Homemade Cookie Mix
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

2 batches of Peanut Butter Cookies (2.83 cups)
Fill jar with:
2 cups Homemade Cookie Mix
1/3 cup firmly packedt brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped salted peanuts

Layered Mix of Frosted Chocolate Drops (3 1/2 cups)
Fill jar with:
2 1/4 cups Homemade Cookie Mix
2 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

2 batches of Frosted Banana Nut Cookies (3 3/4 cups)
Fill jar with:
1 1/2 cups Homemade Cookie Mix
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup bran flakes, lightly
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans
3/4 cup flaked coconut, toasted

Half-Gallon Jar
8 cups

3 batches of Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies (4 1/2 cups)
Fill jar with:
2 1/2 cups Homemade Cookie Mix
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

2 batches of Orange Coconut Cookies (5 cups)
Fill jar with:
2 3/4 cups Homemade Cookie Mix
2 1/2 cups flaked coconut, divided

2 batches of Pecan Cookie Bars (5 1/2 cups)
Fill jar with:
3 cups Homemade Cookie Mix
1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
2 cups coarsely chopped pecans

Shortening Fact:
Crisco All-Vegetable Shortening has 50% less saturated fat than butter and 0g trans fat per serving.

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Shortening Fact:
Crisco All-Vegetable Shortening produces tender and moist results in a cake, cookie or pie crust.

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Shortening Tip:
To measure Crisco All-Vegetable Shortening, pack firmly into dry measuring cup, level with spatula or back of knife and then remove with rubber scraper.

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Shortening Tip:
Crisco All-Vegetable Shortening can replace butter in your favorite baked goods recipes.

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Cookie Fact:
Nonstick cookie sheets should be light colored, or cookies may brown too much on the bottom.

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Cookie Fact:
"Drop cookies" are made from semi-soft dough that is dropped onto a baking sheet.

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Cookie Tip:
To keep cookies from spreading, chill the dough before baking.

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Cookie Tip:
To allow the hot air to circulate properly, leave at least 2 inches around all sides of cookie sheets or pans in the oven.

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