Well it worked! I have had my first baking day and here’s a post to show you how it went and what I got done.
First of all I made a list so I’d know what I wanted to begin with and what ingredients I might need. I already had my basics, flour, sugar, eggs, butter, etc. I wanted to make some new things and some old standbys. One thing that seems to go over the best is the old tried and true chocolate chip cookie. One year I found red and green chocolate chips and that made them look so festive. I hope to find them again this year. If anybody sees them please leave us a comment and I’ll include that in a post.
A brief history on baking ahead….
Thirty-six years ago my mother had a wonderful idea to make Christmas goodies months ahead of time. She always held an Open House for our church family so she made lots and lots of goodies. Some of her treats included brownies, divinity candy tinted pink and green, date roll, cooked ham sandwiched between homemade rolls, tasty pastries (strawberry filled pastry), cheese straws and of course sausage balls. We would take a day and spread newspapers all over our kitchen counters. You wouldn’t believe what a help this is in clean up! Then she’d get out all the ingredients she’d been stock piling since summer, her mixing bowls and all the recipes along with her list and we’d get to work. It was wonderful! What a memory she gave me!
By doing it this way it relieves some stress for December. It also makes the holidays a little more spread out and you can enjoy things so much better as you do them instead of feeling rushed and flustered. I know if I’m too pushed for time I end up just shutting down. I can’t get anything done!
So here’s what I got done in two hours. I began one night at 7:00 & stopped at 9:00.
Here’s my baking area ~
And here you can see all my supplies. I like to work in this corner. David put lighting in for me under the counters for my Christmas present last year cause it was real dark over here. I have all my flour and sugar in this open cabinet along with spices and baking needs. In the cabinet to the right I have mixing bowls and measuring cups.
I lay out sheets of foil and label them first thing.
Then I lay out a sheet of wax paper sprinkled with flour and put the cookie dough on this and shape it into a roll. The flour makes it easy to take the paper off when you remove them from the freezer.
Here’s the finished rolls~
I doubled each recipe and made two rolls each of Old Fashioned Sour Cream cookies, Chocolate Crinkles, Mini-Snowball Chocolate Chip cookies and Christmas Snickerdoodles. I now have eight rolls in the freezer which will be about 40 dozen cookies!!! I’m sooo excited!
It was fun ~ I didn’t get so tired and now when I get ready to make cookies I can do the fun part ~ baking and eating!
I will include some of these cookie recipes in upcoming posts.
Talk to ya later:)
Posted on October 20th 2010 in Uncategorized