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ARTICLE: How To Store Cookies

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Maple Pecan Cookies from Michael’s Cookies.
Photo by Dhanraj Emanuel.
  Even if you dont go to holiday cookie swaps, sometimes, you find yourself with too many cookies at hand: your birthday, the holidays, an overzealous round of baking and recipe-testing…or maybe they arrive during a time when you’re cutting back on sweets. Supermarket cookie are baked with enough preservative to stay ”fresh” on the shelf for a year or longer. Artisan cookies are baked without preservatives, and need to be eaten promptly. The cookies taste best when they’re fresh out of the oven, or within five days of baking. So if you have too many cookies to consume within the “good eating” time frame and they are just too good to give away, read about storing cookies. To read reviews of our favorite cookies (including Michael’s Cookies, shown in the photo at left), plus yummy cookie recipes), check out the Cookie Section of THE NIBBLE online magazine.

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CONTEST: Extreme Family Cookie Challenge

Seeking one-of-a-kind cookie recipes, WearEver is holding its Second Annual AirBake Extreme Cookie Challenge. Do you have the recipe for the most unique and delicious cookie? If so, take on the challenge! Teams of one parent and one child (between the ages of 5 to 15), are invited to submit their most creative cookie recipes. Five finalists will compete in a national “Cookie-Off” in March 2008 in New York City, hosted by Noah Gray-Cabey, the young actor who plays Micah Sanders on the hit T.V. series, “Heroes.” The grand prize is a $10,000 U.S. Savings Bond. The deadline is January 7, 2008. Visit Wearever.com for more information, the official rules and entry form.   Winning CookiesCan your cookies beat these winners from the last challenge?
Also: See some of our favorite artisan cookies in the Cookies & Brownies Section of THE NIBBLE online magazine, and read the history of cookies.

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REVIEW: This Little Cookie

This Little Cookie has a definite point of view: the best ingredients, a wholesome, homemade style, and it’s not too sweet or rich. We’ve never tasted a line quite like it before. Although it’s made by a woman who also turns out detailed buttercream cakes decorated with fragile petals, we have to say that these cookies have a masculine flavor profile—because men tend not to like sugary, buttery baked goods to the extent that women and children do. Still, both men and women who like sweets made with less sugar—we count ourselves among them—will appreciate these [not so little] cookies. The buttery Shortbread made with Fleur de Sel sea salt is not to be missed! You can contact the bakery about special orders of gluten-free cookies, too. Read the full review. Also check out the Cookies & Brownies section of THE NIBBLE online magazine for more of our favorite cookies.   Shortbread Cookie - This Little Cookie
The nifty Shortbread with Fleur de Sel.
 

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CONTEST: Brownie Gourmet Giveaway

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Win these brownies and cookies!
  You could purchase brownies like the ones in the post below. Or you could take our Brownie Trivia Quiz for a chance to win the brownie and cookie gift box at the left, in our weekly Gourmet Giveaway. You don’t have to answer the trivia questions correctly to win; but win or not, you’ll pick up some great brownie trivia. We love the prize, Solomon’s cookies and brownies—read our review. They’re even kosher. So trivia fans and brownie fans: Head on over to THE NIBBLE’s Gourmet Giveaway, take the Brownie Trivia Quiz and check out the upcoming trivia quizzes. There’s a new one each week.
 

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PRODUCT WATCH: Do-Good Brownies

Now there’s a socially-responsible reason to buy a dozen tempting brownies. When you buy them from Greyston Bakery, you can indulge both your sweet tooth and your good will—you’ll be supporting this inner-city bakery in Southwest Yonkers, New York. Profits go to community development initiatives, including low-income housing, childcare, health services and technology education, and the business provides jobs in an area where there is a high concentration of hard-to-employ individuals.   Brownie A La Mode
Ben & Jerry’s is a big supporter: The ice cream titan, known for its support of social causes, serves Greyston brownies exclusively. The delicious brownies and blondies can be ordered online at GreystonBakery.com. One dozen brownies (Blondie, Chocolate Fudge, Espresso and/or Walnut, available in individual flavors or as an assortment) are $32. The brownies, made of top-quality ingredients, are sweet and buttery. We especially enjoyed the blondies.

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