Last weekend we spent almost the entire weekend baking…cookies. Yes, cookies. We like to give them out as gifts for family and friends. Our kids friends and teachers love them too. We usually do about 6 different types of cookies. Six different types of cookies is just enough for us to place a variety in every container and platter we set up for this busy holiday season. We have been doing cookies each year since my husband and I got married almost 20 years ago. Wow, it has been a long time.
This post is about our holiday cookie baking tips to help first-time cookie bakers and anyone who wants to bake lots of cookies all at once.
First, I pulled out the recipes that we reuse each year and new ones we found. We usually do a few new types of cookies each year to change it up a bit.
Tip: Have a holiday binder that holds all your reused holiday recipes for save keeping. It helps if you can find the recipes easily. I like to use these folders with Velcro flaps to keep all the recipes in one place. Click on the image and buy them on Amazon.com.
Then, I gather the recipes together and write down each main ingredient in one column. Then, I write the recipe amount that I need for each ingredient on the paper below. This way, I don’t miss anything. I go through recipe after recipe and write down the amount of each ingredient I need. See below for the list. Feel free to share and print.
Tip: on the form below, write the cookie recipe name in the column then write the measurement you need in the right row.
Then, it is time to go shopping! Before I go shopping, I go through my coupons and see if there are any coupons that I can use. This year, I found lots of coupons to use so I saved big. I usually shop a few days before the baking cookie frenzy.
After I shopped, I put all the purchased ingredients in one place on the counter. Usually near my baking zone which holds my flour, sugar and other essential ingredients for baking.
Then, I set up the weekend we are going to bake. I started with the refrigerator cookies that we made so they could get cold. Then, I moved on to the homemade pizzelles that my son worked on for hours. After I got him started, I worked through each recipe one by one.
Tip: When you do any marathon cooking, know that you will not want to cook dinner after you are done. I like to order a pizza or go out to eat on those days of marathon cooking.
That’s it! Here is our photo of cookies we made this year. Enjoy!
If you want to know the names of the recipes or the ingredients, please leave a message below. Above all else, have a great time baking cookies and spending time with family. I know we sure did.