Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sugar Cookies Make Sweet Impression; Panelists Say They like the Flavor, Texture of Mix from Krusteaz

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sugar Cookies Make Sweet Impression; Panelists Say They like the Flavor, Texture of Mix from Krusteaz

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Byline: ANN J. KELLEY

I love homemade cookies, and when the weather turns cool, I'm ready to bake.

Cool days were not a requirement when members of the Times-Union Consumer Panel baked up batches of sugar cookies using Krusteaz Bakery Style Sugar Cookie Mix. One egg and a stick of butter is all that's needed to complete the mix, which makes about three dozen 2-inch cookies.

Business owner Scott Greenfield described his cookie-making as a learning experience. "It was a first for me. My mom usually helps me, but I had to do it all myself."

He used Egg Beaters and unsalted butter to make the mix and an aluminum lasagna pan as a baking sheet. It only allowed him to make six or seven cookies at a time, so he made different size cookies for each batch. "Coming out of the oven, they were all good, but the 2-inch batch was the best. They were firm throughout and crispy on the edges. Once they got bigger, they got crisp on the edges but were soggy in the middle."

Greenfield added different toppings to the cookies including Craisins, Toblerone chocolate and a combination of Craisins and brown sugar. "Everyone seemed to like them OK. There were no complaints."

Sales consultant Catherine Rogers said she liked the flavor of the cookies, which she described as crispy outside and chewy inside. She ate some plain and topped the others with chocolate or vanilla icing with sprinkles on top. "The kids loved them. They're very good."

The sugar cookies were a big hit at homemaker Janine Thiemann's house. Her daughter Danielle, who did the baking, divided the dough in half and made plain sugar cookies with one part and Snickerdoodles with the other.

"They're moist and chewy, and the flavor is the perfect combination of butter, sugar, flour and egg," said Thiemann. "They have the perfect amount of sweetness and an authentic homemade taste. The dough is very buttery and easy to handle. …

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