Holiday Baking Season Is Here!

Written by Maureen Murphy & Sarah Palmer

Holiday BakingFamily fun

Holiday baking is a wonderful way to share the joy of the season with those we treasure. Start a new tradition with your family this year and bake some special holiday memories! Keep reading for helpful baking tips & time-saving ideas to help get you started!

Baking Tips

Making time to bake is often fun and rewarding, and can be done with proper organization and a few helpful hints.

  • Bake in quantity and freeze whenever possible – baked cookies will keep in the freezer for up to 3 or 4 weeks
  • Prepare cookie dough when you are able to steal a little extra time – prepared dough will keep at least 3 days in the refrigerator or in the freezer for up to 3 months
  • Assemble all ingredients and equipment before beginning a recipe
  • Line cookie sheets with parchment paper to help cut down on clean up
  • While cookies are baking, prepare other cookie sheets to go in the oven
  • Save time when shopping and measuring:
    • 1 lb. box confectioners’ sugar = 4 cups
    • 1 lb. box brown sugar = 2 cups, packed
    • 5 lb. bag granulated sugar = 10 cups
    • 5 lb. bag all-purpose flour = 20 cups
    • 1 cup cake flour = 7/8 cup sifted all-purpose
    • 1 lb. box seedless raisins = 2 3/4 cups
    • 6 extra-large eggs = 8 large eggs
  • Allow butter and eggs to come to room temperature before using
  • Measure ingredients carefully
  • Do not over-mix cookie dough
  • Chill dough well when instructed so the dough will be easier to work with
  • Allow at least 2 inches of space between cookies on cookie sheets, and at least 2 inches around the sides of the oven for proper heat circulation
  • Use bright, shiny aluminum cookie sheets rather than dark colored cookie sheets to prevent over browning
  • Bake cookies on a rack in the middle of the oven; for best results use only one rack
  • Do not over-bake – a toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean when a cookie is baked
  • Allow cookie sheets to cool before baking more to prevent the edges of the cookie from spreading out and becoming too thin
  • Cool cookies on a wire rack

For recipes & ideas, visit our baking Pinterest board!

 

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