Holiday Baking Extravaganza Preview

All The Ingredients

All The Ingredients

I hope all of you have recovered from the Thanksgiving festivities because it’s time to get going with our holiday baking. I wanted to be ready to post some good recipes when you needed them so I had to work a little ahead of time. Sooooooo . . . I invited a couple of teenage friends from church over to help me with a baking extravaganza. We made two types of candy treats and four different kinds of cookies. We had a great time together and they were able to take home a bunch of cookies and treats for their family of eight.

In a former life, I used to take every Friday off work in the month of December so that I could enjoy the holidays and not be so rushed. On one day I would do my Christmas baking, on another I’d Christmas shop, and on another wrap gifts. It was great while that routine lasted! One of the things I learned about doing most of my baking in one day was that I had to be organized. So here are my steps to an organized day of baking:

1. Go through your recipes and choose which ones you want to make.
2. Check the pantry to make sure you have enough of all the basic ingredients like flour, sugar, butter, etc. and add any that you are low on to your grocery list.
3. Go through each recipe and make a list of the quantity of any other needed ingredients like chocolate chips, nuts, coconut, etc. and add them to the grocery list.
4. Go to store and buy everything needed before the day of baking.
5. On baking day, assemble all the ingredients needed on the kitchen counter and set up the work station. Get out the mixer, measuring spoons and cups, cookie sheets, etc.
6. Begin with the recipes that need to be chilled or for which there is some waiting time in the middle. That way you can work on other recipes during the down time in the middle of those recipes.

Since I had help with my baking day this year, I set up two work stations – one with my Kitchen Aid stand mixer and the other with my hand mixer.

Two Work Stations

Two Work Stations

Mary worked on the Merry Mocha Cookies . . .

Helper #1 - Mary

Helper #1 - Mary

while Becky worked on the Holiday Cranberry-Orange Slices.

Helper #2 - Becky

Helper #2 - Becky

While the Holiday Cranberry-Orange Slices and Merry Mocha Cookies chilled for later slicing and baking, we made the Caramel Heavenlies and Mocha Caramel Delights.

Caramel Heavenlies & Humphrey Heavenlies

Caramel Heavenlies & Mocha Caramel Delights aka Humphrey Heavenlies

While they cooled we ate lunch. Meanwhile the Merry Mocha Cookies were ready to roll in the nonpareil’s, slice, and bake.

Merry Mocha Cookies

Merry Mocha Cookies

Then it was on to the Holiday Cranberry-Orange Slices.

Holiday Cranberry-Orange Slices

Holiday Cranberry-Orange Slices

We ended the Christmas Baking Extravaganza with the Snowflake Mix . . .

Snowflake Mix

Snowflake Mix

and the Christmas Mice. Watch for upcoming posts for all these recipes and more! Happy Baking!!!

Christmas Mice

Christmas Mice


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2 Responses to “Holiday Baking Extravaganza Preview”
  1. Mary says:

    This is amazing, thanks so much !
    I loved all of this.. And cooking with you is
    so much fun !
    Love,
    Mary

  2. Faithful Foodie says:

    I had fun, too. Thanks for all your help!!

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