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REVIEW: Chukar Cherries Gourmet Brownie Mix & Pie Filling

Chukar knows cherries. The company specializes in cherry products. We’ve previously reviewed their lovely preserves, toppings and barbecue sauces and scrumptious dried cherries. How would they do with baking mixes? Much better than other mixes we’ve tried! If you want to whip up a batch of Black Forest Brownies (chocolate chips and dried cherries) that taste homemade, just add butter and eggs. If you’re set on making a cherry pie, cobbler or tart, this is the cherry filling to use (you’ll never be able to look at a can of that supermarket pie filling again). We also used the cobbler filling in crepes, omelets, with a pork roast and to top ice cream. The products are all natural and certified kosher. Read the full review in THE NIBBLE online magazine. And learn more about the charming cherry in our Cherry Facts article, which includes a Cherry Tiramisu recipe that would taste even better with Chukar Cherries cobbler filling.   Cherry Pie

Can she bake a cherry pie, Billy boy? In a cinch, with scrumptious Cherry Cobbler Filling from Chukar Cherries.
 

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TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Rich Design Cookies

It’s not easy to find artisan fancy cookies these days. Aside from needing the requisite talent to make perfectly, uniform cookies (uneven drop cookies like oatmeal and chocolate chip are much easier), the high rents, low margins, inability to find good help and the willingness of customers to settle for more prosaic cookies have driven many would-be fine cookie artisans away from such a labor-intensive enterprise. Claire Rich has persevered, finding a way to practice her craft without the overhead of a storefront bakery or café. Her cookies are handmade in small batches, using top-quality ingredients. An assortment of cookies, about two inches in diameter, comprises refrigerator cookies, rolled cookies, sandwich cookies and yes, a couple of drop cookies because people want their oatmeal raisin and chocolate chip (read about the different types of cookies).   Chocolate Cookies
The Chocolate Cookies are simple and elegant.
Their handmade yet elegant visual appeal denotes something special, whether for a personal gift or party fare. Or, consider them an educational gift, for people whose cookie experience has been limited to sad, commercial fare. Read the full review in THE NIBBLE online magazine.

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CONTEST: Win Solomon’s Gourmet Chocolate Chip Cookies

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate peanut butter chip cookies (or your favorite chip flavor) are this week’s prize.
  This week, THE NIBBLE’s Gourmet Giveaway is giving away two dozen of America’s favorite cookie—chocolate chip! These yummy cookies are from Solomon’s Gourmet Cookies of Chicago (certified kosher by CRC—read our full review). The jumbo cookies are available in regular (no nuts), chocolate chip pecan, peanut butter chip, chocolate peanut butter chip, white chocolate chip and chocolate white chocolate chip. The winner can choose two dozen of the same flavor or an assortment. What do you have to do to enter? Simply click over to THE NIBBLE online magazine, to our weekly Gourmet Giveaway, and take the Chocolate Chip Cookie trivia quiz—four quick questions. You don’t have to answer correctly to be eligible to win—everyone who answers the four trivia questions will be entered into the prize drawing.
You can read the history of the chocolate chip cookie, and find more of our favorite cookies, in the Cookies & Brownies Section of THE NIBBLE online magazine.

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REVIEW: Sugar Flower Bakery

When you’re in the mood for a comforting home-baked cookie, but don’t have the inclination to fire up the oven, call upon Sugar Flower Bakery. The small company makes classic comfort cookies that bring you back to childhood days in Mom’s or Grandmother’s kitchen, when nothing tasted better than homemade cookies, whipped up from scratch. If your family didn’t bake, we’re sorry; but you can still enjoy the experience one step removed. We love all the flavors; they make charming cookie gifts. People who love chocolate and mint are advised to buy a lot of the Chocolate Mint cookies. Read the full article, and check out our other favorite cookies in the Cookie Section of THE NIBBLE online magazine.   Sugar Flower
Don’t forget the milk!

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ARTICLE: How To Store Cookies

Maple Pecan Cookies
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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