Who doesn’t love eating Christmas cookies?! Baking and taking the time to nicely decorate every. single. cookie. on the other hand, is a whole different thing.
Use these 12 hacks to make your life easier this holiday season.
1. Turn any cake mix into cookie dough with 2 eggs and 1/2 cup oil.
- Combine cake mix, eggs and oil in a bowl.
- Use a small ice cream scoop to form balls, and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
- Bake at 350 degrees F for 4 – 10 minutes.
2. Add gingham print to cookies using Wilton’s Color Mist and a DIY card stock stencil.
Make sure to cover your workstation well, and press the stencil firmly on the cookie to prevent color leakage.
3. Sprinkle powdered sugar over a doily or paper snowflake.
To sprinkle powdered sugar, use a sieve or fine strainer. For best results, decorate just before serving.
4. Run granulated sugar through a blender or food processor to get confectioners’ sugar.
If you run out of powdered sugar, just add 1 cup of granulated sugar and 1 tablespoon of cornstarch to a blender or food processor, and use the pulse setting until a powder forms.
5. Freeze homemade cookie dough in individual servings for easy baking later on.
6. Or, roll cookie dough into balls and place in an egg carton.
Line the carton with plastic wrap and tightly tuck the dough in wrap before sticking in the freezer.
7. Dip cookie cutters in flour first before cutting dough to help cookies retain their shape.
8. Melt chocolate for decorating in a slow cooker.
Add enough hot water to your slow cooker to reach about halfway up the sides of mason jars, then turn your Crock-Pot on high. Don’t get any water inside the jars — water will cause your melted chocolate to seize and thicken.
Leave your slow cooker uncovered, then after about 30 minutes, stir the chocolate. Once the chocolate is melted, reduce your cooker’s heat to low. Dip cookies in the chocolate, or use it to drizzle over treats.
9. Put an extra cookie sheet on the top rack while cookies bake to help retain your cookies’ shape.
The top cookie sheet will protect your cookies from the most intense heat that rises to the top of the oven.
10. Freeze cookie dough before baking for perfectly soft, thick cookies.
You may need to increase baking time by a minute or two.
11. Use an infant syringe to ice cookies.
Have a batch of cookies to decorate, but don’t have enough decorating tools? Use an infant syringe (like one that comes with liquid medication) to add fine details to your confections. For best results, use a thinner icing.
12. Keep cookies fresh by storing a slice of bread in an airtight container with them.