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Pnt butter cookies

post #1 of 13
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Ok so does anyone really know why there are fork marks on pnt butter cookies? Ive heard that it used to distinguish the difference between sugar and pnt butter cookies BUT that is not good enough for me. So if you know let me know . We are all puzzled:(
post #2 of 13
As far as I'm concerned, it's to let me know which ones to avoid. No, I'm not allergic, I just don't like 'em. :lol:
"Notorious stickler" -- The New York Times, January 4, 2004
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"Notorious stickler" -- The New York Times, January 4, 2004
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post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 

man

So that sucks my chef asked us to find the answer and so far no luck ewwww
I read that they are to tell the sugar from peanut butter but I think if you are a chef you should know they are two different colors
post #4 of 13
I have not made peanut butter cookies in nearly 2 decades so take this with a grain of salt. As I recall the cookie did not spread during baking so it could be that mashing them with a fork flattened them instead of leaving them in a ball shape.

Since you are a student I will suggest an experiment. make a batch of the peanut butter cookie dough and mash some witha fork and leave some as scooped and then bake them. Report back to us with the results.
post #5 of 13
I would think by putting some fork marks on the top of the cook, this would make the top be a bit crunchy. So my answer would be to put a crunchy top on a moist cookie....Bill
post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks trying it tonight
post #7 of 13


I'm no pro, but a french fry cutter might be a fun one to try pressing on them for texture and looks
post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 

Ill try

I will but still guys 10 extra points if I can find the real reason so if you can find out PLEASE I mean they are great suggestions but Chef is not satisfied:(
post #9 of 13
Thread Starter 

duh

He doesnt even know
post #10 of 13
As an instructor, he should not ask you a question that he does not or, has not researched the correct answer. Otherwise any answer could be taken as here-say.:D
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post #11 of 13
What were the results of your baking experiment?

BTW, I agree with ED Buchanans comments.

One other thought. Mashing the cookie with the fork may also be for no other reason than decoration. Why?? Who knows, it may have been a matter of someones personal choice at some point in time.
post #12 of 13
Simply, to flatten them out for baking.
Also the added benefit of giving them a somewhat decorative and unique look.

Every kitchen has a fork, so it became the standard.
A potato masher would've probably worked as well, but not everyone had one.
Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
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Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
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post #13 of 13
This is from Marilyn French, Senior Test Kitchen Expert at General Mills, forwarded to me via email by my wife.
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