There are six different types of cookies, which are classified by the way the dough is handled. These types are: drop, molded, spritz, ice box, rolled and bar. You will find recipes for all of these different types of cookies at Classic Cookie Recipes.
Drop Cookies are named after the way they are dropped on the cookie sheet, the dough for drop cookies is soft. A generous rounded teaspoon of dough is dropped onto the cookie sheet (usually with the help of a finger). By teaspoon, we mean one of the spoons you eat cereal with. If you want your cookies to be uniform in size then you can purchase a Cookie Scoop made just for this purpose. It looks like a small ice cream scoop.
The dough starts out on a cool cookie sheet in a small mound, then flattens slightly during baking. Be sure to allow for some spreading of the dough. They should be about two inches apart.
Drop cookies are properly baked when lightly browned and a soft imprint remains after touching with a fingertip. Overbaked drop cookies will be dark and crisp; underbaked cookies will be doughy.
Shaped or Molded Cookies
Shaped or Molded Cookies can be the dough that is formed by hands into shapes such as wreaths, crescents, canes or balls. They can be stamped with a decorative cookie stamp or cut out with a cookie cutter before being baked, and there are also Cookie Molds that the cookies can be baked in. These cookies can also be piped through a pastry bag that has a decorative tip.
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Spritz Cookies are molded cookies that are made by forcing dough through a Cookie Press.
Ice Box Cookies
Also called refrigerator cookies. This type of cookie is where the dough has been chilled for about an hour then rolled up into a log shape and then sliced. The dough log can be kept wrapped up in your refrigerator for up to a week and sliced and baked as needed. You can keep the dough log longer if you put it in the freezer.
Rolled Cookies are made from chilled cookie dough rolled out with a rolling pin. The cookies are then cut in shapes with various cookie cutters and then decorated after they have baked and cooled.
Bar Cookies are prepared by putting the dough in a 13x9x2 rectangular pan, or an
8-inch square pan. They are baked and then cut into squares. Most drop cookie recipes can be converted to this type of cookie. If you are using a non-stick pan, be careful when you cut the cookies into squares, you could damage the coating if you use a metal knife or spatula. We use a hard rubber spatula.
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