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With the Holiday Season is upon us, we all tend to get a little bit “frazzled” with all the things that have to be done. I have found an excellent article that has already helped me with my Holiday baking and I think you’ll want to not only read the article, but print it and keep it in your recipe book for future reference!!
Quick And Easy Ways To Store Cookies
By S. Denise Hoyle
Whether baking cookies for the Holidays, family reunions, or for bake sales, it is sometimes more convenient to “bake ahead” rather than feel the stress and pressure of trying to get it all done the day before the big event. We will give you a variety of ways you can get all your cookies made stress-free!!
When cookies are stored, make sure soft cookies remain soft, crisp cookies keep crisp. The two types cannot be stored together!
Store soft cookies in a container with a tight cover. Bar cookies may be stored right in the baking pan, tightly covered. Tuck in an apple wedge if they begin drying out.
Crisp cookies should be stored in a container with a loose-fitting cover. If they soften – as they tend to do in humid weather, pop them in a pre-heated 300 degree over for five minutes before serving.
Most cookies freeze well, either baked or unbaked, but freezing the dough is considered simpler and requires less freezer space. You can get more cookies “made” if you just make the cookie dough for several different kinds of cookies today and stick them in the freezer. You can then more easily bring out one batch at a time to bake while you’re doing other household chores.
BAKED COOKIES: Bake as usual, cool quickly and freeze before packaging. Pack in frozen food containers, separating layers with a double thickness of freezer paper, overwrap the container;label and freeze. To serve, thaw cookies at room temperature 10 to 15 minutes.
ROLLED COOKIE DOUGH: Roll out and cut the dough into shapes. Stack the cut-outs in cartons with a double thickness of freezer paper between the layers. Over-wrap the carton, label and freeze. Bake without thawing.
UNROLLED COOKIE DOUGH: Form the dough into long rolls, wrap in freezer paper and freeze. Thaw just enough to be able to cut into thin slices. Bake on greased baking pan.
DROP COOKIE DOUGH: Drop dough on baking sheet as if you were going to bake the cookies. Freeze the cookies on the sheet, then pack the frozen drops of dough in cartons with a double thickness of freezer paper between the layers. To bake, place the frozen drops on greased baking sheets and bake without thawing.
BAR COOKIES: Freeze dough in baking pan. Go straight from the freezer to the oven, without thawing, and bake as usual.
MOLDED OR PRESSED COOKIES: Freeze the dough in an airtight container after labeling. When ready to bake, thaw dough until it is soft enough to form the cookies.
This method of making your family favorites ahead of time on a day that you have a little extra time, will certainly be worth the extra effort. Not only during Holidays or big events, these “made ahead” cookies are great for desserts for drop-in company, treats for the children after school, etc.
S. Denise Hoyle is author of the “Busy Person’s Cookbook” as seen on http://BusyPersonsCookbook.com. “We never have enough hours in the day, but everybody gets hungry.” “Busy Person’s Cookbook” is full of time saving recipes and hints for family meals as well as for parties.
I’m always on the lookout for things the grandchildren can “help” make – they LOVE to help, and I figure it also stimulates their little creative brains, and who knows what they might come up with later on that we can work on.
The first little project is for a snake bookmark — now EVERY child needs a snake bookmark in his / her books.
The instructions are simple – enlarge the squares to equal 1″ squares, and follow the diagram for drawing the snake. Cut two of the snake pattern, one yellow and the other green. Sew, or glue, gold rickrack to the green piece, which will be the top of the snake. Glue the two pattern pieces together, leaving the head free. Sew two small red beads to the head for eyes and a small red felt piece for the tongue. Stuff the head with cotton and whip-stitch the heads together.
The next little project is one that an older child can help make for a baby brother or sister – a washcloth bib.
To make the bib you’ll need a solid color washcloth, some embroidery cotton and seam binding.
Fold the washcloth in half, as shown in the small diagram, then turn down each corner for ears, as shown in the second small diagram. Stitch the ears in place. Embroider eyes, nose and mouth on the bib. Sew matching seam binding on for the ties.
These even make cute little gifts for someone who is expecting a baby or as part of a baby shower gift.
For other “gift idea” patterns check out the craft patterns at SewWithSarah.com. Ready made gifts are available in the Gift Shop. Check your list and see what all we have that might be the perfect gift for them!
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