Thursday, January 26, 2012

Update on Pan Lids for Drying Cookies

Learning is a process, right?

Well.....I'm still learning about using lids on my half sheet pans to dry my cookies.

More than a week ago, I did a post entitled "No Pan Rack for Drying Cookies....How about Pan Lids?"

Since then I've learned some things.....and suspect I'll learn more in the coming days. ;)

First of all, I put my lids over wet cookies the other day.....and it seems that is not a good idea.
Look at how uneven the surfaces were the next morning when I took the lid off. :(



Note to self (and to CookieCrazie blog readers):
Let cookies dry for a few hrs before putting lid on pan to cover overnight.
(In other words, don't put lid over very wet cookies.)



Also, one of my readers (Susan) ordered the Nordic Ware lids for her Wear Ever half sheet pans and they did not fit. Here is her comment:
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CAUTION!  My lids just arrived from Nordic Ware and they do NOT fit on my Wearever half sheet pans.  Real close, but no cigar; they just pop right off.

I suggest that anyone thinking of ordering these for other than Nordic Ware or Sam's Club should find a friend who has a cover and test it on your pans.
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So if you don't have Sam's Club or Noric Ware half sheets.....don't assume the lids will fit your pans. (Again, I'm so sorry, Susan!)




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It doesn't seem right to not include some finished cookies in a blog post.

SO.......here's some random cat cookies I did at Christmas time.
They are certainly not my best work (faces.....ugh!......they get me EVERY time).
But then showing you cookies like this let's you know that we are all alike.
We all do things that we are not happy with.
But that's OK.
Because none of us are perfect, right?

OK.....so now I can show you these very UNperfect cookies. ;)






OK.....I'm off to go learn some more CookieCrazie lessons. =)

24 comments:

Kimberly (Sweet Creations) said...

UUUMMM this made me think. I have a pan rack with a cover and I have put, good sized cookies with the whole surface iced in one color in them twice and the next morning, mine where like the ones in your picture. I have never had this happen before. So its not just pans with lids that you should not put wet cookies into. Seems you shouldn't do it with a pan rack either!

Cookiecrazielady said...

THANK YOU so much for sharing this, Kimberly. Not that I'm happy that wet cookies can't be covered.....but just relieved that it's a universal problem. Telling people that lids are an AMAZING solution to find out that you gotta be extra careful how you use them, was a bit humbling. But then to read that it isn't just with lids.....but with the "ultimate" solution of a covered pan rack is somewhat of a relief.

We all live and learn, right?

I appreciate you and your comment. :)

lizy b said...

Your little kitties are adorable! I agree about faces...they make me cringe when I think about doing them. These kitty faces are great, especially the little noses!

Anonymous said...

Just what's working for me.....Pizza boxes to dry cookies. I put the rubberized non-skid shelf liner in the bottoms so it keeps the air circulating but still they are protected and covered. If I think they are drying out, I just slip a piece of bread in and they soften up well. I use MP Buttercream and this seems ok for me.But I still may get some of these lids just for extra "stackable" storage. Thanks for posting the pros and cons! Blessings, Donna B.

Anita said...

Pam,

From th eviewpoint of this catlover, the cat cookies are adorable, including their sweet faces! As to the lid on wet cookies, I realized some time ago, through a hard lesson (isn't it always?) that covering wet wasn't a great idea for me. I actually leave them uncovered for a full 18-24 hours. With the cookie bottom on the pan surface and the icing covering the top, the cookie is basically sealed from drying out and the icing dries with that nice smooth surface we all love :) I still LOVE those lids you found and only wish they'd fit on my Wilton half-sheets but unfortunately they have those annoying little handles at each end :(

FairlyOddMother said...

Sorry Pam. I knew that would happen the other day but thought you had somehow overcome the problem. I never cover my cookies while drying but if you want to stack the pans, you might want to consider this. Alternate or criss cross the position of the pans back and forth so that they can't fall back on each other. Unless you have a tall design, this keeps them safe and saves valuable counterspace. As long as they are somewhat out of the way of being bumped, this might solve your problem. Love seeing your designs!

Eastcoastcookies said...

Awww Pam -- I had wondered that about the pan lids when you were all talking about them.  That's too bad but seems they would be great once dried.  And the cats.... Adorable!!  The faces are Super cute!  

Michele said...

Ok where did you get a picture of my cats to make these cookies?  It looks just like them when they're what we call "tweaking"- running around the house like they are crazy and bouncing off the walls.  I think they're VERY cute!! And thank you for sharing your lesson.

Cookiecrazielady said...

Thanks sweet Jody..... :)

Cookiecrazielady said...

Awwww......you're sweet, Michele. Thanks for making me feel OK about my cats. :)

Nena abcdefg said...

Pam I don't see anything wrong with the cats. What I see is a work of art made by a talented woman. Thanks for the info on the lids. I appreciate you taking the time out of your day to do this for me. It is so helpful.

Cookiecrazielady said...

You're sweet, Nena. Thank you. :)

Anne Nelson said...

What FairlyOddMother said!   

Phyllis Winn said...

I LOVE your kittie's faces!! they are soooooo cute and show much kitty personality.

The Partiologist said...

PAM - I think your little kittens are PURRR fect!!

Patty said...

Pam,  have you seen these?  Got two for Christmas and love how they stack and take up so little space on the counter and hold 8 pans.  http://www.amazon.com/Linden-Sweden-Bakers-Adjustable-Cooling/dp/B00076VGQ4/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1327673130&sr=8-10.  If the link doesn't work, just search for Linden Sweden Bakers Adjustable Cooling Rack.  $19.95 on Amazon.

Cookiecrazielady said...

Oooooooo......thank  you, Patty. I think I see this rack in my future. :) You might even see it on a blog post. I appreciate you sharing it with me.

Pauline said...

Love the kitty cookies!!!!!

Winsome248 said...

For me, the cats are favorites of your cookies!

Paty_rolon said...

thank you for sharing w/us.

Cheryl said...

I can't believe you don't like your cat cookies! They are adorable. I absolutely love them!

Cookiecrazielady said...

Thanks Cheryl. I'm so glad you like them. Thanks for the encouragement. :)

Cristin Sohm said...

Oh wow I can't believe you're not happy with your cat cookies. They are incredible! Gosh Pam, seriously you are amazing! 

Maryann said...

Thank you for sharing your "complete" experience....which of course includes the lessons (not failures).  I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE the cats.  I would be so very proud if I made them.  I'll be looking for future blogs with cats you do like just to see what you think is a "good kitty" ;)  I'm going to be an avid reader of all your work.  Hope you start including more videos.

 
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