Do you feel like you are chained to your stove during the holidays? Making goodies for you to give as gifts or for your family to enjoy is not always fun and can be very time consuming if you want to be able to give a variety of cookies. Never fear, this Christmas your cookies can be the talk of your family and friends with a little planning and the help of your freezer in just five easy steps.
The first step is to decide how many different types of cookies you want to make and how many people will receive them. For example, if you want to give 10 different types of cookies to 15 different people, each cookie box will get 3 of each kind of cookie, for a total of 30 cookies as their gift. So, you will need 4 dozen (which give you a few left over for your house) of each cookie type. Once you have this part figured out, you need to have one freezer bag for each gift box of cookies you plan on giving as well as a box of sandwich bags to put your cookies into. Put the name of each person who is to receive you gift on the outside of the freezer bag.
The next step is to make your cookies! Drop cookies are the easiest to do this method, but you can experiment with any type you normally use. cake bars disposable At the beginning of November decide on how many cookie sessions you want to do and divide that by how many different kinds you are making. You can make cookies 10 days in a row with one recipe a day or 2 cookie recipes each weekend for 5 weekends or all of them in a cookie marathon, one day. Make the recipe according to the directions up to the cooking part. After you put the cookies on the cookie sheet place the sheet into the freezer until the cookie dough balls get hard and are no longer sticky. Now remove them from the freezer and place 3 cookie balls in the small bags and label (see labeling instructions below) and seal. You then place one small bag into each of your large freezer bags that you have labeled with each name. You continue doing this with all your cookie recipes.
Labeling your cookies is very important and the easiest way I have found to do this is to buy address labels for the computer. You will need one label for each small cookie bag you make that has the name of the cookie and how many degrees to bake it at and for how long. This will allow you to bake several cookies together at once that require the same degree setting.
The final step in this process is the day you are ready to give your gift of cookies – taking out only the bags you need for gifts that day or the next day. Now it is time to bake the cookies. Take the cookies straight from the freezer, remove them from their baggies and place them on the cookie sheet and bake. Frozen cookie dough may need a few more minutes to bake than the original cooking time, but start with the original cooking time and then adjust the time as needed. Bake several kinds of cookies from the person’s bag together if they have the same degree setting and make notes if you adjust times for any of the cookie types.
By following the plan above you’ll likely impress your gift recipients with the many different types of cookies in one package that taste like they were just made that day. Don’t tell your secret! You can truthfully say they were baked fresh that day (or the day before) but your secret is that the prep work was spread over a longer time period. People will be impressed that you were able to make that many cookies at one time and if you make the packaging really nice they will wonder where you find the time to do such nice gifts!