Making Christmas cookies and candy – yummy, fun … and also, sometimes stressful and expensive! These are some tips our family uses to make Christmas baking more fun.
Easy Christmas Cookie and Candy Making
1. A month or so before Christmas, I make a list of the recipes I want to make. This year I asked the girls to each look through a cookie book and choose something they would like to make.
This year, we’re making:
Chocolate Mint Squares: I love these!!! The mom of one of my students (back when I taught school) made them for me one Christmas, and I have made them most every year since.
Peppermint Meltaways: This was in the paper recently; they look yummy.
Simply Sensational Truffles: This recipe was found at the store.
Festive Vanilla Fudge: This is in a Betty Crocker Christmas cookies cookbook … I can’t find it online, but basically it’s fudge made with white chocolate chips with M&M’s also 🙂
2. Make a list of ingredients you’ll need. Since you’re doing this early, you’ll have time to find most if not all of the items on sale. If I need some things that don’t seem to go on sale, I will buy one or two things each week, or buy these items when I’m doing a grocery store mystery shop.
3. Choose a time to bake. Honestly, it would be more peaceful and fun for me to do this on my own during the day, when the girls are in school. But, I think they would enjoy helping (and it’s a good learning experience), so we’re planning to make all these goodies Saturday. I’ll put on Christmas CD’s and we’ll have a great time!
4. Share. We always like to give some of our goodies to neighbors and Awana leaders. Throughout the year, I save tins we get that might work well for packaging the treats. Also, after Christmas is a great time to buy tins and other containers for 75% off or even more. It doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to be generous!
What are some tips you have for enjoying Christmas cookie and candy making?