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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Why Bakery Cookies Look So Good

If you enjoy baking, chances are you’ve walked by a bakery window and wondered why your cookies don’t look like that. Whether they’re big, fluffy chocolate chip cookies or sugar cookies with intricate icing designs, they are hard to replicate at home. You can always purchase these beautiful baked goods; you can even order them online from, but what is it that makes bakery cookies so hard to match at home?


One reason is that bakeries have artists who are responsible for decorating their cakes and cookies. These artists have learned many techniques through training and experience, so they are able to do spectacular things on a cookie. You can take classes or look for videos online that teach you these same techniques, and with enough practice you can get pretty good. The artists in a bakery have the benefit of practicing on hundreds of baked goods each day.
Edible Printing

Another advantage bakeries have over home bakers is access to edible printing. When you see a high-detail logo or image on a sugar cookie, chances are that an artist didn’t do that by hand. Instead, special printers are able to take any image and print it out on an edible sheet that can be applied to cookies or cakes. These printers are expensive, so you won’t likely be able to afford one for your home, but you can order custom edible prints online for special occasions.
Experience and Control

Aside from the meticulous icing and other decorations, sometimes bakery cookies just look better. They may be fluffier or their shape may be more appealing than what comes out of your own oven, and it’s experience and control that help them achieve these results. A bakery has a cookie recipe that has been used thousands of times, and has been adjusted for perfection. At home, you likely only use a cookie recipe a few times a year. A bakery also uses the exact same ingredients each time, whereas at home you may use a different brand of butter or flour each time. With a lot of practice and attention to detail, it is possible to achieve great looking cookies at home, or you can avoid the hassle and purchase them from

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