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Quick Tips: How to Be a Christmas Cookie Diva

Have you ever wondered how some women always seem to have a batch of freshly baked cookies around their house over the holiday season? Where are they finding the time?

Perhaps they are using frozen cookie dough---and I don’t mean the kind that comes in a tube.

You can actually freeze your own homemade cookie dough by rolling it into a log, wrapping it in wax paper, placing it in an air-tight freezer bag, and then placing it in the freezer.

If you really want to save time when you’re baking the cookies, you can roll the dough into bite-sized balls, store the balls in an air-tight container, and then freeze the container.

Then when you’re ready to bake the cookies, take what you need out of the freezer, place it on a cookie sheet, put it in the oven, and bake. Now you look like Mrs. Fields and Martha Stewart all rolled into one, thanks to your best friend---the freezer.

On the other hand, have you ever looked around at all of the holiday cookies you’ve baked or received and thought, “What are we ever going to do with all of these cookies?”

Well, the answer could be as close as your freezer. If you wrap the extra cookies in aluminum foil and then place the wrapped cookies in a freezer bag, you can freeze them to be used at another time.

Then in mid-January or February when you’re too busy to bake for school lunches or you need something to take to a social event, you can defrost the frozen cookies and lighten your load. I’ve done this many times, and the cookies are always just as good defrosted as they were when I baked them---sometimes I think they are even a little better because I appreciate them.

Just a quick tip to make your holidays a little easier! Happy Baking!

Just in case you're looking for a new Christmas cookie recipe, here's the recipe we've used to make lots of delicious cookies and warm memories.

Christmas Cookies

Combine in large bowl:

1 cup brown sugar 1 cup white sugar

2 eggs 1 cup buttermilk

4 cups flour ½ pound margarine

2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda

1 tsp vanilla

If the dough is runny, add a little more flour.

Put the dough in the refrigerator overnight.

The next day, take the dough out of the refrigerator.

Roll the dough out ½ inch thick and use Christmas cookie cutters to cut into shapes.

Place cookies on greased cookie sheet.

Cover with sprinkles.

Bake at 350 degrees for 5-10 minutes (until brown)

Cool and enjoy with your family and friends.

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