Exchanging holiday cookies is a fun Christmas tradition, but it’s not worth stressing out over! Worrying about a tough recipe, intricate decorating, and festive packaging can be just too much! With these clever tips and tricks, you’ll learn how to make better cookies, and pick up some great tips for the easiest, fastest, and tastiest Christmas cookies ever!
If you aren’t super confident in your baking skills, or you just don’t have time, this tip is for you! Pick up a package of your favorite store-bought cookies. I got some shortbread cookies and these gluten-free ginger cookies (they are delicious and so soft!).
Melt the chocolate, and dip half the cookie. Dipping the whole thing is hard to do, and I think it’s just too much chocolate! Set the cookie on a sheet of wax paper, and sprinkle it with your topping while the chocolate is still hot and melty.
They turned out so cute and delicious, too! Such a fun gift idea that takes so little time – and the kids can help, too!
With any baking recipe, you want butter and eggs to be at room temperature – leave them out for an hour or so before you get started! You also want to be sure to use unsalted butter. Adding salt to the mix separately is just a more consistent way to make a recipe.
Before using a cookie cutter, toss it around in some flour so the dough doesn’t stick.
Don’t have any food coloring for your frosting? You might have some of these drink mixes! Just mix them into white frosting for fun, bright colors. They work great for color, but add some flavor too, so don’t be surprised when your cookies taste like fruit punch. :-)
If you’re looking for a more natural way to add color to frosting, check out this post from Nourishing Joy.
If you want to gift an assortment of cookies, try this one dough with six variations from Spoon University.
Can’t find the perfect size sheet pan? Learn how to use some tinfoil to make a larger pan just right from Food52. :-)
Check out this collection of creative but easy cookie ideas from Princess Pinky Girl.
Next time your get bits of egg shells in with your egg, try this tip from Naturally Loriel.
Find the perfect guide to baking chocolate chip cookies at Handle the Heat.
Make your own sprinkles in any color!
Instead of making individual cookies, try making a big sheet of bars instead! These no-bake peanut butter bars taste so good, and they couldn’t be easier to make!
Baking is a lot harder if your oven isn’t actually at the temperature you think it is. Calibrating your oven is super easy, and it makes baking much more consistent.
Check out all of these cheap, simple solutions for replacing fancy kitchen gadgets.
Use dental floss to cut perfect cinnamon rolls! It works great for cutting a layer cake in half, too. :-)
Print out this “cheat sheet“ for common kitchen measurements. Tape it to the inside of a cabinet so you always have it handy. :-)
Out of brown sugar? You can make it yourself! Here’s a list of 20 pantry staples that you can make.
Frost perfectly smooth cupcakes (or cookies) by heating up the frosting first!
Try these little life hacks for storing (and pouring) chocolate chips, measuring honey, getting chewy cookies, and keeping brown sugar nice and soft!
Happy Baking! What’s your best tip?