Happy December 1st! And as a dear friend of mine says, “the race is on”. For most of us it is now countdown and a race against the clock to get everything done in a jammed schedule of Christmas parties, cookie swaps, kids needing gifts for friends, teachers, etc.
The only solution I know is to have a strategy and start early. Baked cookies are wonderful, economic gifts that show your appreciation and care for those who provide services for you throughout the year and loved ones alike – and they are always appreciated! And they can be easy to fit into your busy schedule. Here are a few tips:
1) Most cookie recipes can be made ahead of time and sit happy, wrapped and stored in an airtight container or sealable bag in your refrigerator for anywhere from 12 to 48 hrs.
2) Most cookies freeze beautifully – it just captures their flavor and taste – especially if you wrap and package them in sealable bags as soon as they have cooled from coming out of the oven. Note: if the cookie has a drizzle or glaze, to not put it on until you’re ready to give it.
3) The clean up really isn’t that bad – one bowl, a few measuring spoons, and take the time to put parchment paper on your baking sheets – and your good to go! *Note not wax paper and not freezer paper; they look similar but do not react to heat to the same way 🙂 !
Buy a beautiful box – or decorate a bag yourself – and add some tissue paper and your good to go!