Rae Ann

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How to Get a Chewier Chocolate Chip Cookie

Have you ever wondered why sometimes your chocolate chip cookies come out perfectly soft and chewy, but other times they’re crispy, crunchy, or cake-like – basically anything BUT chewy?  While there’s not one single factor that results in your baked treats turning out hard or crispy, there are a few things you can do to help ensure that your cookies come out of the oven blissfully chewy every time. Two Words: Moisture Content The one thing that all chewy cookies have in common is a high moisture content. When the cookie dough retains moisture – from butter, eggs, and brown sugar – the end result after baking is a soft, chewy circle of goodness.  To up the moisture content of your cookie, look for recipes that use brown sugar, which contains moisture-rich molasses.  Most recipes use a combination of white and brown sugars, but you can always play with the ratio of each to Read more

Does Your Cookie Sheet Impact How Your Cookies Taste?

If you’ve ever shopped for cookie sheets, you know there are several options to choose from. There are non-stick pans, light aluminum ones, and even air-cushioned sheets. With all these options, you may be wondering if the end result is the same with each, or if your cookies may turn out differently depending on the type of sheet you use. Here’s a quick rundown on how different sheets may affect the taste of your cookies: Non-Stick Cookie Sheets Non-stick cookie sheets are the go-to option for many baking enthusiasts. There’s no need for greasing the sheet or using parchment paper, as the non-stick finish allows the cookies to easily come off the pan. These sheets are ideal for baking thick, chewy cookies. The finish on the pan doesn’t let the cookies spread too much during baking, so the finished product is a plumper, thicker cookie. So if you are baking cookies that should Read more

Sugar Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes

Even if you’re trying to go sugar free these days, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy a treat now and then. A favorite quick treat for many is chocolate chip cookies. There are lots of great sugar free options for this wonderful treat. Here are a few sugar free cookie recipes you might enjoy. Chocolate Chip Cookies with Splenda 2 ¼ cups unbleached flour 1 tsp baking soda ½ tsp salt 1 cup shortening with butter flavoring ¼ cup Splenda for baking ½ cup Splenda brown sugar for baking 1 ½ tsp vanilla 2 eggs 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate baking chips Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Cream the shortening, both Splendas, and vanilla until well mixed. Add the eggs, then the flour until well blended. Gently stir in the chocolate chips. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. Press to flatten the dough, then bake for ten minutes. Cool on wire rack. Read more

Healthy School Lunch Ideas

Lunch is easily one of the most important meals your child will eat each day. Research has continually shown that the right meal spells kids performing better in school and remaining alert throughout the day. If you’re not there to monitor what she eats, though, how will you know if she’s getting the right foods? Packing a healthier school lunch is a good start. These ideas can help. Think about the drink. Many parents include fruit drinks and sodas in a kid’s lunch because they simply don’t think twice about what to add in there. If you go with low fat milk or water, you’re going to make sure she’s getting exactly what she needs without the added calories. Stay versatile. No one ever said that your child’s lunch had to include the standard fare. It’s actually optional whether or not you put a cookie in your child’s lunch box each day. Get creative. Take the leftover Read more

How to Stock a Vegan Pantry

Going vegan is easily one of the single best things you can do from a health standpoint. There are just so many benefits you stand to gain from a dietary switch like this one. Moving toward the vegan lifestyle, though, doesn’t have to mean buying lots of specially labeled food at the store. Instead, there are a number of staples you can keep on hand to create fast, delicious meals everyone will be happy with. Here are a few of the basics you should keep in your pantry. Beans: Whether you keep the dried or canned variety on hand, these are absolutely a must have. Go with almost every variety you can find. They have a high protein, fiber, and iron content. Moreover, they’re very low in fat. Dry beans are far more economical than their canned counterparts, but you will have to soak them before use. In almost every case, you can freeze your culinary creations for leftovers at a later date. Chickpeas: Read more