I don't know if it all the Christmas movies on Hallmark the last couple of weeks or the football games on ESPNU but I am getting in Christmas mode. No, that doesn't mean the trees are going up any time soon, only because I can't get to them. But what it does mean is that I have opened Santa's workshop and trying some things to see if I can plan ahead and have a stress free Christmas. I want to share what I have learned with you so you can have a stress free holiday as well. So one of my biggest time stealers is my baking. I love to do my holiday baking and my gingerbread cookies are always requested. So after the erector show a couple of weeks ago and I mixed and froze cookies I got to thinking about my gingerbread men. I usually spend 2 days mixing and baking cookies, right after Thanksgiving. So this week I mixed up half a batch. You can find my recipe here. Gingerbread men.
So here is the fruits of my labors. A perfect gingerbread man. It didn't spread. It kept it's shape. Perfect!
So I mixed up my dough. Put it in the freezer for an hour or so to chill a little. Normally I leave it in the fridge overnight before rolling out.
This experiment was a success. So towards the end of October I am going to do my Christmas mixing and freezing. I will have more time then as well. Not to mention I don't have to bake all the cookies at one time. I can bake them fresh when I give them away. We can have fresh baked cookies all through the holidays. I am already looking for recipes for this Christmas. I hope this idea will help you have a stress free holiday too.