Saturday, December 1, 2012

Christmas Baking Plans

It's December 1st and our Christmas Tree is up. I started to get really excited about Christmas baking, and I thought I'd share my thoughts.

I am still struggling with cutout cookies, so I'm going to stick with drop cookies and icebox cookies. These are cookies I'm considering: Christmas Cookies from Milk Bar (cornflake, chocolate, marshmallow, and candy cane bits); something with potato chips, just for the novelty; a peanut butter cookie—either traditional or Peanut Blossom (with Hershey's Kisses); Almond Spritz; Snickerdoodles; and Chocolate Toffee Butter Cookies. Six cookies is pretty ambitious, but I won't be disappointed if I don't do all of them. I will also use my freezer to my advantage with the cookie dough.

I'm planning to use boxes of these cookies as Christmas presents.

My Mom bought me the stand-up house pan, and I'm going to make a Gingerbread Cake House for my 7-year old to decorate. Maybe we can eat it on Christmas Eve.

Christmas Morning Cinnamon rolls were our tradition for a number of years, but I might try Milk Bar Cinnamon Bun Pie this year. If I do, I'll freeze it well in advance.

Finally, I am going to make a cake for my Father's Birthday, which is December 25th. We always try to make a big deal out of it, given the difficult timing.

What are your holiday plans?



  1. You've got so many things going! But you're right: the freezer is a lifesaver when you're baking batch after batch of holiday cookies, for sure. When i do cookie platters/food gifts, i plan it out and make sure that at least half of my cookies are either refrigerator/freezer friendly or are what i call "large quantity/small work" cookies - bar cookies made in a 9x13 pan which can be cut into small pieces and make millions. :) I can't wait to see all your holiday baking! and your tree looks beautiful.
    you know, i have yet to try the cinnamon bun pie, so i'd love to hear how that turns out. I've seen "cheater" recipes done, but making the real one seems to be fairly intense.

    1. It has to be easier than the Baking with Julia recipe I used for years. The brioche dough killed two mixers, meaning I finally got the kitchenaid. I am hoping for not to difficult :-)