Holiday Baking Tips

I do a lot of baking at Christmas time – mostly cookies and white chocolate candies.  Here are just a few tips to make all that holiday baking easier.

  • Plan ahead! Make yourself a schedule so that you don’t have to rush.
  • Don’t do it all in one day!! Plan an evening to prepare your cookie doughs.  Refrigerate them all overnight and then bake a batch or two a day until it’s done.
  • If you mix all your doughs at once, you can leave measuring cups/spoons out and not have to wash everything between batches. Use the same scoops for all your dry ingredients and then just wash your wet ingredient scoops between batches. This will keep your clean up to a minimum.
  • Always, always, always use parchment paper for your cookies!! I’ve read  so many recipes that say to place your cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet. I’ve never had that turn out well. Parchment paper makes for easy cookie making!
  • On that note – you can often reuse the parchment paper through multiple cookie batches.  Just shake the crumbs off in the trash or sink after you place your cookies on a cooling rack or in their containers.
  • The Dollar Tree is a great place for cookie baking supplies. They have cookie containers, baggies, cookie trays, baking sheets, cling wrap, and measuring cups/spoons if you need a few extra.
  • In a tightly sealed container, most cookies will last a few weeks.
  • Save your plastic containers through-out the year.  Some of them make great cookie containers that are very giftable once wrapped in some pretty paper and tied with a bow.  Juice concentrate jars, icing jars, glass containers – they all work great.
  • When making white chocolate candy melts or melting chocolates for dipping – USE YOUR CROCK POT! It makes it sooo much easier.  Just place melts into a glass or mug, put the mugs in your crock pot, fill the crock pot with water, being careful NOT to get the water in your melts, and turn on low.  Gently stir the melts until they’re fully melted, it doesn’t take long.  This way your melts stay melted and you can replenish your mug throughout your dipping and mold filling. Your melts won’t get too hot and seize up – you can even turn it down to warm if you’re concerned.
  • Most importantly – have fun! Let the kids help too.  When love goes into your baking, I fully believe it tastes 100xs better!

Links to cookie recipes for some of the cookies used in our tray this year: Peppermint Cookies, Orange Spice Cookies & Sugar Cookies, Snickerdoodle Cookies, Cinnamon Roll Cookies.

 

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