15 Great Gift Ideas for Cookie Lovers

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Here at Orson H. Gygi, we are always thinking about the best gifts for all the foodies out there. So, we’ve compiled a list of 15 great gift ideas for the cookie lovers in your life.

1. Cookie Cutters: Let’s face it, no cookie enthusiast can have too many cookie cutters. Here is your one stop shop to any cookie cutter design you can imagine. And if we don’t have it, check out our make your own cookie cutter set.

Cookie Cutters

2. Cookie Master Press: Cookie presses allow you to make your own one-of-a-kind cookie. Gygi has the master cookie press that allows that cookie lover in your life to make any cookie they can dream up.

Master Cookie Press

3. Cookie Stamp: Leave your mark on everything you bake. Gygi has the stamp to leave the message you want. With “EAT ME” to “HOME MADE” to “I LOVE YOU“, Gygi has all the messages you would want to leave.

Cookie Stamp

4. Cookie ScoopsLeave the mess and sticky hands behind, let these 3 size scoops do the work for you.

Cookie Scoops

5. Cookie Sheet and Shape PansCookie sheets are an essential to creating that perfect cookie. If the average circle isn’t the shape that fits your fancy make your cookie into any shape ranging from monsters to easter eggs.

Cookie SheetShaped Cookie Pan

6. Parchment Paper: If you’ve ever made cookies, you’ll know this is a must. Keep your pans messy free and your clean-up a breeze with pre-cut parchment paper available in different sizes.

Parchment Paper

7. Cooling Rack: These are necessary and self explanatory. Plus, they come with the added bonus of working for any hot foods, not only cookies.

Cooling Rack

8. Flavoring Oils: Spice up any cookie with any flavor with Gygi’s wide range of flavoring oils or extracts.

Flavoring Oils

9. Cookie Stencils: A great way to leave an impression. Gygi has unique stencils like these Tough Cookies tattoo inspired stencils.

Cookie Stencils

10. Bulk Size Chocolate Chips: You can never have too many…. ever

Chocolate Chips

11. Non-Stick Counter Top Mat: Not only do these work for everything sticky, they are great for the environment by cutting down on the use of parchment paper

Non Stick Counter Top Mat

12. Bowl Scraper: Don’t leave any bit of cookie behind with Gygi’s versatile bowl scraper. Works on metal, plastic, and glass.

Bowl Scraper

13. Stand Mixer: Let’s unite and save the cookie lovers arms from wearing out and get them that stand mixer they deserve

Stand Mixer

14. Sanding Sugar: Add that bit of sparkle and crunch to any soft cookie in any color imaginable with Gygi’s sanding sugars, or add a little sparkle with our wide range of sprinkles.

Sanding Sugar

15. Classic Cookie Jar: Pretty self explanatory. Our cookie jars are retro by style and timeless in fashion.

Classic Cookie Jar

Orson H. Gygi has everything cookie. If you have a cookie lover in your life shop Gygi to find them the perfect gift.

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How to cook with caramel – Caramel tips and tricks

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With the holidays right around the corner Orson H. Gygi figured our customers were gearing up to start making sweets and treats and cookies and cakes. We also know that there is nothing sweeter during the holidays than a treat made of smooth, melted, creamy, gooey, caramel goodness. However, obtaining the right consistency takes know-how. That is why here at Orson H. Gygi we thought we would create a post highlighting some simple tricks and tips to remember when dealing with caramel. Below is a simple, easy to understand, guide about how-to cook with caramel:

Caramel Tips

Melting Caramel By Microwave:

Place your caramel, we recommend a loaf of Peter’s Caramel, in a microwave-safe dish and cook on high for 1 minute. Stir the caramel to ensure equal melting. Repeat at 50% until thoroughly melted. Be careful to avoid scorching by always watching your caramel and stirring regularly.

Peter's Caramel

Thickening Caramel

When using the Peter’s Caramel it’s easy to thicken the caramel by adding 1/2 oz. – 1 oz. powered confectioners sugar to 1 lb. of Peter’s Caramel Loaf. Mix in sugar slowly until you obtain your desired consistency.

Softening Caramel:

Add 1/2 – 1 tsp. of evaporated milk to 1 lb. of Peter’s Caramel.

Chocolate Caramel:

Add 1 – 2 oz. of Broken Orinoco Chocolate liquor, until desired taste is achieved, to 1 lb. of Peter’s Caramel.Caramel Tips

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4 Unique Kitchen Gadgets and 4 Reasons to Use Them

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The number of creations constructed in the kitchen are endless. At Orson H. Gygi we think the gadgets should be endless as well. We’ve gathered 4 unique kitchen gadgets you probably didn’t know existed but are a must have.

Gadget 1: 3 Piece Fruit Scoopers

3 Piece Fruit Scoops

These tools can slice, dig, and scoop almost anything. They work great with melons, kiwis, and our favorite, potatoes. These scoopers help scoop out the inside of potatoes so well that it makes twice baked potatoes quick and easy.

Once you have your scoopers try this simple recipe for yummy twice baked potatoes:

Twice Baked Potato

Ingredients:

  • 4 large potatoes
  • 1/2 c sour cream
  • 1/2 c milk
  • 2 Tbsp butter, room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp cream
  • 1 c grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 4 strips of cooked and chopped bacon (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F
  2. After cleaning 4 large potatoes place them in the middle of the rack and cook for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until soft
  3. Slice potatoes in half lengthwise and use the scooper to scoop out the inside of potato, leaving about a 1/4 inch around the skin to help keep its shape
  4. Mix potato insides with sour cream, milk, butter, cream, salt, green onions, and 1/2 c of the grated cheese, until creamy
  5. scoop the mixture into each potato half. Each half should be heaping with goodness
  6. Sprinkle rest of the cheese on top of each potato half. If you chose to add bacon, sprinkle the bacon bits on top of the cheese
  7. Heat oven to 350 F and bake your filled potato halves for 15-20 minutes, or until heated all the way through
  8. Enjoy!

Gadget 2: Flexicado Avocado Slicer

Avocado Slicer

This gadget can easily slice avocados no matter the size. Its flexibility molds to each avocado creating perfect slices.

A great addition to any meal is grilled avocado slices. Grilling avocado is a simple way to add additional flavor or texture to any meal. Here are some great tips on grilling avocado slices with a caramelized glaze:

Grilled Avocado

Directions:

  1. Cut avocado lengthwise and remove pit
  2. Use the avocado slicer to scoop out avocado and create even slices
  3. Brush the avocados with grapeseed or olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste
  4. Grill the avocado slices over direct heat for 2-4 minutes under low-medium heat
  5. Flip avocados
  6. Remove from heat once both sides have been caramelized from the oil

Gadget 3: Apple Corer

Apple Corer

This apple corer simply removes that pesky core from apples leaving all the good stuff for your enjoyment.

If you need an idea of what to make with all your cored apples simply whip up these apple rolls brought to you by Gygi’s own Rozanne Paxman:

Apple Rolls

Ingredients

  • 2 c flour
  • 1/2 c shortening
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 Tbls baking powder
  • 3/4 c milk
  • 3 c chopped apples (use the apple corer to make this an easy process)
  • 1/2 c sugar (for rolls)
  • cinnamon
  • 3 Tbls melted butter (for rolls)
  • 2 c water
  • 1/4 c melted butter (for sauce)
  • 1 1/2 c sugar (for sauce)

Directions:

  1. Mix flour, salt, and baking powder well.
  2. Using a pastry cutter or a food processor, cut shortening into flour mixture.
  3. Stir in milk just until dry ingredients are moistened and everything pulls together into a loose ball.
  4. Roll out dough
  5. Add chopped apples, cinnamon, and sugar on top of dough
  6. Drizzle 3 Tbls melted butter on top.
  7. Roll up and slice into 12 pieces. Place rolls in a greased cake pan.
  8. Mix 2 c water, 1/4 c melted butter and 1 1/2 c sugar together.
  9. Pour sauce over rolls
  10. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.

Gadget 4: Strawberry Slicester

Strawberry Slicester

This strawberry slicer creates perfect strawberry slices without mushing the strawberries or creating a mess. Strawberries add so much color to a dish the last thing you want is mushed strawberry slices atop a fresh salad or crowned on a delicate dessert.

Here is one of our favorite strawberry salad recipes you must try with your neatly sliced strawberries:

Strawberry Blueberry Salad

Ingredients:

  • 6-7 oz of baby spinach (about 6 cups)
  • 2 c sliced strawberries
  • 1 c whole blueberries
  • 1 sliced avocado (use the avocado slicer to slice quickly and smoothly)

Directions:

  1. Toss salad together

Fresh Vinaigrette Dressing:

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 Tbls raspberry vinegar
  • 6 Tbls vegetable oil (olive oil can be used but will add a different flavor)
  • 1/4 c honey
  • 1/4 t Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbls minced shallots
  • A dash of salt (added to taste)
  • A dash of black pepper (added to taste)

Directions:

  • Whisk all ingredients together vigorously, be careful to not let the mustard or honey sink
  • Pour over salad

 

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