Successful cookie baking is a skill that anyone can learn. Like any type of cooking or baking, there are techniques that need to be learned. Having a basic understanding of the ingredients, equipment, and methods of measuring and mixing is an essential part of creating the perfect cookie every time. Once the cookies are baked, knowing how to decorate them and store them allows any baker to create professional-looking cookies for any occasion. Before choosing a recipe, read through this section to ensure success.