The holiday season is one of the most wonderful times of the year, right? Right! But it can also be one of the most stressful for many! With so much on our to-do lists like cooking, shopping, cleaning and decorating, it can sometimes be difficult to stay on top of it all. If you’re like us, the holiday sweets and treats are one thing that we cannot go without during the holiday season. That’s why we are sharing one of the best tips we’ve got for keeping your baking projects stress-free during the holidays: prep ahead!
You can make dough when you have time, freeze it, and just thaw, slice and bake when you need it. Now is the perfect time to get started. The best part? You can seal your cookie dough with the FoodSaver® FM5000 Preservation System to ensure that it stays just as fresh as the day you prepared it. This works whether you seal up a whole log of cookie dough or pre-slice into the shapes you plan to cook them in.
Check out some of our favorite holiday cookie recipes below!
First up is a recipe for Chocolate Chip Peppermint Cookies from FoodSaver spokesperson and host of Southern at Heart on the Food Network, Damaris Phillips. You can whip up a few batches of the dough before the season gets too hectic and freeze it for later. You can also store baked cookies in your refrigerator or pantry in FoodSaver® Vacuum Seal Bags to keep them fresh.
Classic and fun to eat, these Gingerbread Men cookies are ready to be baked by the troop and shared with friends and family this holiday season. Mix together the usual suspects like ginger, cinnamon, brown sugar and molasses and then bake as directed. Once cool, use your FoodSaver® appliance to seal in the love and flavor. When you pull these back out of the freezer, they will taste just as fresh as the day you baked them!
Next up we have a game-changer for your used-every-year sugar cookie recipe. This one involves a peanut butter sugar cookie topped with a chocolate drop and is sure to be a crowd pleaser this season.
Last, but definitely not least, we have a timeless favorite – Chocolate Pinwheels! Whether you want to bring a tray of these to the office holiday party or arrange the best of the best in a festive basket for family members, being able to make these ahead of time is bound to be a time-saver. Seal up the pre-made cookies with your vacuum sealer to have them ready to eat and enjoy!
Do you plan to prep any of your holiday cookie dough ahead of time? What are your favorite recipes? Share with us on social @FoodSaver!