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Dave Feldman Sep 15, 2006 06:26 AM

On his wonderful blog, Mark Evanier asks the immortal question: Does this cookie have a name? Darned if I know. http://www.newsfromme.com/archives/20...

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  1. Karl S RE: Dave Feldman Sep 15, 2006 10:05 AM

    Well, those are rainbow nonpareils; that is the proper name for them in baking land. It just looks like a sugar cookie coated with rainbow nonpareils.I do wonder if sanding sugar is also used underneath the nonpareils, because there looks to be a coat of melted sugar beneath them.

    Nonpareils, sanding sugar and jimmies (or sprinkles) are all different things.

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      Cheese Boy RE: Karl S Sep 15, 2006 09:52 PM

      Karl, people typically use a paste consisting of confectioners sugar and water to help the rainbow nonpareils adhere to the sugar cookie. No sanding sugar is used. That's also why the color of the nonpareils bleed a tiny bit if you look closely.

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        Karl S RE: Cheese Boy Sep 15, 2006 10:58 PM

        Ah. Thanks. I've been using them for years, but didn't know that trick! Memo for Christmas gebeckenes....

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          Cheese Boy RE: Karl S Sep 16, 2006 12:14 AM

          Just a word of caution. The confectioners paste is placed on a fully cooked cookie, the nonpareils are sprinkled on, and the cookie is left out to dry. No further cooking is required. The paste hardens (white) and maintains its sweet taste.

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      Dave Feldman RE: Dave Feldman Sep 15, 2006 11:45 PM

      Thanks. I'll call my pals at the American Institute of Baking to confirm.

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        PrincessBakesALot RE: Dave Feldman Sep 16, 2006 02:23 AM

        Those little sugar balls are also called "hundreds and thousands" when used on Italian cookies. That's what those look like to me.

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          Das Ubergeek RE: PrincessBakesALot Sep 16, 2006 03:21 AM

          That's a British term, it is!

        2. amandine RE: Dave Feldman Sep 16, 2006 04:14 AM

          I think I've always seen it in supermarkets under the following inspired name: "butter cookies with sprinkles"

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            andlulu RE: Dave Feldman Sep 18, 2006 04:52 PM

            Wouldn't it be considered a 'confetti cookie'? Sort of like the cake...?

            Hmm...

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              amandine RE: andlulu Sep 20, 2006 12:54 AM

              not sure... i think if the sprinkles were baked inside the cookie it would be analogous to the confetti cake, don't you think?

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                andlulu RE: amandine Sep 20, 2006 01:27 PM

                I like confetti cookie... I'm sticking w/ it.

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              Dave Feldman RE: Dave Feldman Sep 20, 2006 04:37 AM

              I wrote to Jeff Zeak, the cookie specialist and Pilot Plant Manager at the American Institute of Baking, and he was kind enough to respond:

              "You are exactly right in that the "colored round ball stuff" on top of the cookie pictured are in fact "rainbow nonpareils".

              As for the name of the cookie that is a little more difficult to say. I have heard of such product being call "party cookies", "fancy cookies", or even "tea cookies". The cookie itself could be a deposited or wire-cut (drop or scooped cookie to the homemaker) butter cookie. But more likely they are a simple deposit or wire-cut cookie made with
              all purpose shortening then topped with lots of "colored round ball" sugary goodness."

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              Maybe the darn cookie doesn't have a name to call its own.

              1. thesu RE: Dave Feldman Sep 20, 2006 04:49 AM

                I've seen the plain kind called "butter spritz cookies," but technically margarine is used, and lots of eggs or food coloring gives it the yellow color.

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