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Tip for shaping peanut butter cookies

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I recently bought three Cook's Country Annuals on eBay and am enjoying going through them (it cost not much more than it would have to renew last year's gift subscription for 2010). One of the neat tips was for making the traditional cross-hatch pattern for PB cookies. Instead of a fork on each cookie. Spray Pam on a grid-mesh cooling rack, invert it, and press it onto a baking sheet of dough balls, to form all the cookies instantaneously. .

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  1. That's a great idea! I always used my potato masher, but pressing a whole sheet of cookies at once would definitely speed up the process of baking four double batches for my holiday gift baskets. :)

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    1. re: JRicher

      I like to use the "cubing" side of a meat pounder.

    2. That is quite brilliant, isn't it fun when someone comes up with this kind of thing?

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      1. re: buttertart

        Well, now I have to get (twist my arm, had planned on it anyway) a grid mesh rack.

        1. re: bushwickgirl

          Yeah yeah like I have to twist your arm!