Tips and tricks to ensure that your holiday cookie tray is brimming with beautiful treats and your time in the kitchen is successful and enjoyable.
Are you ready to start baking for the holiday season? I am! In fact I thought it would be fun to focus on cookies from now until Christmas. But before I start my holiday cookie baking adventure I have a a few tips to help you with your holiday cookie tray:
Holiday Cookie Baking Tips
- Make Baking a Family Event . Making holiday baking an annual family event is a great way get in some quality time during a hectic season. And a s a bonus baking will get done faster, Extra hands = faster baking.
- Stick to Tried and True recipes from trusted sources. I love to experiment in the kitchen, but when baking for events and gifts, stick to the recipe. Use tried-and-true family favorites, or recipes from trusted sources.
- Parchment Paper is your friend. Parchment paper might be the best thing after sliced bread. It helps cookies to retain their shape, bake evenly, and come cleanly off the baking sheet, plus clean-up is a breeze. It can also double as packaging!
- Buy New Leavening Agents for Holiday Baking. Items like baking soda, baking powder, dry yeast, and cream of tartar lose their power over time. It’s a good idea to buy new containers of these baking staples before holiday baking, If you use outdated ingredients, you might end up with flat cookies.
- Don’t try to do it all at once. Keep your holiday baking as stress-free as possible by baking when you can and freezing batches of cookies until you are ready to arrange them on a cookie tray and give them as gifts. Many cookies freeze wonderfully for up to 3 months. Avoid freezing cookies that are decorated, filled, or delicate such as meringues. Chocolate coated cookies taste fine after thawing, but they may have a white-color haze (known as bloom) that will make them seem not-so-pretty as gifts.
- Make it pretty. You put a lot of time and effort into making dozens of cookies. Don’t just throw them on a paper plate and hand them to your neighbor; think ahead about how you want to present your treats in a pretty and creative way! This time of year you can find all sorts of inexpensive boxes, bags, buckets and baskets that will make your gift even more special, here are a few super cute cookie packaging items I found on Amazon:
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