I love holiday baking and baking for gift-giving. It's the best time of the year. It's cold outside but the kitchen is warm because the oven is in use A LOT! And the aroma of cookies fills the air all the time. What's not to like?
2. Is your oven used as extra storage space? Can't remember the last time you turned it on -- or when you last purchased baking powder and baking soda? Do yourself a favor: Toss the old and buy new. Baking powder and baking soda are key ingredients that are essential to baking success. And they don't cost very much. So put them on your shopping list.
3. Don't use lack of time as an excuse not to bake. Make efficient use of the time you have. Measure/prep your dry ingredients the night before you plan to bake. Set your butter and eggs out, too, and wake up to perfect room temperature ingredients and get baking.
8. Host or get yourself invited to a cookie exchange. You get to hang out with friends, share your cookie creations with an appreciative audience and come home with an array of different cookies to share (or horde). Think of it as a cookie swap -- win-win!
Got a holiday baking tip or tips to share? I'd love to hear from you. Leave a comment in the Comments section, below. Happy Baking!