The holiday season will soon be upon us, which means you will soon be spending more time with family and friends. While entertaining them you will probably want to have some baked goods on hand for your family like holiday cookies and cakes. While time is valuable, I have some tips that will make the process easier for you and increase your time for other activities.
Preparation is the key to getting ready and cutting down your time. A few days before you plan to do your baking, you can measure out all of your dry ingredients. Once you have measured these ingredients like flour, baking powder and salt, you can put the entire mixture into a plastic bag. Do not forget to write down the name of the cookie or cake mixture on the outside of the bag, such as chocolate chip or sugar cookies. Remember, we are trying to cut down time not add confusion, so this is a good habit to get into.
Let me mention one other thing. As you noticed, I have left out sugar from the dry ingredients. I did this on purpose, as most recipes call for you to add the sugar to the butter when you start making the cookies. So you can measure out the sugar beforehand but you should keep it in a separate package and mark the cookie or cake name you have measured the sugar out for. On the day you are ready to bake the cookies or cake. You can cut down on your mixing time if you take your refrigerated products out ahead of time. Letting the butter, eggs and cream cheese get to room temperature makes for easier blending and less time fighting with the ingredients. It will also help you by giving you a better and more even blend.
I hope this helps you prepare faster and get your cooking done quicker so you have more time for the important things “ Spending time with family and friends. Have a happy holiday season!