The holidays are great time to bake special cookies and deserts, but if your oven has hot or cool spots it is difficult to make delicate items turn out right. A GE wall oven may get you baking again if you haven’t had a reliable oven in a long time. So, get out your cooking recipes and look for your family favorites. If you want to make something festive, consider baking delicate butter cookies.
GE wall ovens are great for cooking pastries, cookies, turkeys, pies and other holiday foods. True European convection with Direct Air allows even cooking and heat circulation. The GE app allows you to control preheating, cooking times and more. Even if you are right in the kitchen, this is a quick way to adjust the temperature without having to stop what you are doing. It lets you concentrate on perfecting your recipe or enjoying your family instead of jumping up to adjust the oven.
Wall ovens are more comfortable to use than other models because it is easy to insert or remove items and you can watch your food at eye level. The big windows on the GE models allow you to see inside easily without bending over. Delicate treats like butter cookies easily become brown too quickly, so this allows you to watch closely without repeated bending.
To make your butter cookies come out right, follow a few tips.
- Use room temperature ingredients. Cold butter is hard to cream and cold eggs do not distribute as evenly throughout the batter.
- Use good quality ingredients. If you haven’t baked in a long time check to see that your baking soda or baking powder is not expired.
- Read recipe carefully. Don’t make adjustments to a recipe you are not familiar with or it may not work.
- Use sturdy well-greased pans. Thin pans don’t conduct heat well and some areas get too hot. If you don’t wish to grease your pan, line it with parchment paper or a non-stick silicone baking mat such as Silpat.
- Take your time and measure correctly. Too much or too little of a specific ingredient can make your cookies too dry or too chewy.
Try the following basic butter cookie recipe, adapted from Taste of Home. It will make you the star of the neighborhood cookie swap.
Holiday Butter Cookies
Yield: about 6 and a half dozen cookies.
1 cup butter, softened (about 2 sticks)
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
- Preheat your GE wall oven to 375°.
- In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until fluffy and light
- Beat in egg and vanilla.
- Sift flour, baking powder and salt into another bowl. Stir it into the butter mixture a little at a time.
- Fit a cookie press with a holiday disk of your choice. Drop the pressed cookie dough 1 inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet.
- Bake for about 6 to 8 minutes. The cookies should be firm but not brown.
- Remove the cookies from the baking sheet and cool.
- Decorate your cookies in any way you like. Try the following recipe for frosting, leave them plain, or top with sprinkles.
1/2 cup butter, softened (about 1 stick)
4 cups of confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 to 4 tablespoons milk
Optional: food coloring in the color of your choice.
- Cream together the butter, confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla.
- Gradually add the milk until you can easily spread the mixture. If you want color, add a few drops of food coloring and stir in.
- Spread the frosting evenly over the cookie.
- If you like, embellish the cookies further with sprinkles, small chocolate chips, or other candy goodies.
Enjoy baking in your GE wall oven this holiday season. Should your oven or any other appliance malfunction, contact us so you can get back to your winter festivities without worry.