As the festive season approaches thoughts often turn to childhood and memories of Christmas baking. We all have our favourite holiday cookie recipes that we love to bake year after year. Or perhaps you are looking for some inspiration this year? Here we have a great selection of Christmas cookie recipes.
Christmas is that magical, wonderful time of year when we eat too much, drink too much and overspend. Our tables groan under the weight of food, our homes are cheerily decorated and the children count down the days in eager anticipation of the big day.
Christmas is my favourite time of the year. It is the time when you catch up with family members you may not have seen during the year.
It is also the time of year when we don our cook's hat and apron and turn out special treats for our family and friends. Suddenly our kitchens are hives of activity filled with the wonderful smells and aromas of homemade Christmas cookies as the traditional treats are whipped up.
Make it a family affair and enlist everyone's help. Set aside an afternoon for your holiday baking. Whip out your favorite holiday cookie recipes and get the kids involved in baking and decorating.
It can also be a stressful time of year. But it need not be. The key to a stress free christmas is in the organisation and planning.
Do your Christmas baking in advance and freeze your cookies.
Before you start baking make room in your freezer. Throw out any out-of-date frozen food.
Re-arrange your freezer to make room for your Christmas goodies.
Whip up your favorite cookie dough, roll it into a log, wrap in plastic wrap and freeze. Slice and bake as needed, so you always have freshly baked cookies on hand.
For further information on freezing check out our tips on freezing. This will provide you with all the information you need.
Cookies are the perfect stand-by when friends drop in unexpectedly. You are certain you find something amongst our many recipes. Shortbread is always popular this time of year, or perhaps you would prefer something exotic sounding such as Vanillekipferl or Kourabiedes.
Cookies also make excellent inexpensive gifts. With some imaginative packaging and brightly coloured paper and ribbon your homemade treats can be made to look sensational. Go to our cookie gifts page for inspiration and practical advice on how to wrap Christmas cookies.
Go to Mrs Claus' kitchen. There you will find some wonderful holiday treats from Mrs Claus' Cookbook.
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