We are just one week away from Christmas! Most likely you’ve been busy making your lists and checking them twice and perhaps you’ve realized you haven’t baked anything yet. Don’t worry – there’s still time to make those Christmas cookies!

As we’ve mentioned before, food makes a fabulous gift and Christmas cookies are a great way to spread some joy this season with coworkers or neighbors or your family. And let’s not forget you need a few cookies to leave for the big guy when he comes on Christmas Eve.

If you’re worried about having time to bake, please don’t! Making cookies is supposed to be fun and enjoyable, not stressful. So warm up the oven, throw on some Christmas music and if you’d like, gather around your kiddos. Follow our quick baking tips and you’ll be whipping up some yummy treats in your kitchen in no time.

Baking Essentials

1.Be organized! Take a look at the ingredients needed for the cookies you want to make, especially if you’re doing multiple varieties. Take stock of what you have in your pantry and fridge and then 1make your shopping list. When it is time to bake, make sure you give yourself enough time to prep, bake and decorate the cookies, if needed. Have all of your supplies together and ready to go before you start.

2. Plan ahead. Make sure you allow refrigerated items (butter, cream cheese, etc.) to come to room temperature. It allows for easier mixing and rolling.

3. Go with the favorites. One of the best things about the holidays are the traditions. Make your family’s favorite cookies. You know, the tried-and-true recipes you always come back to again and again. This isn’t the time to test out new recipes.

4. Don’t forget to set the timer! Chances are you’ve got a lot going on and a lot on your mind so don’t rely on remembering when you popped a batch in the oven and when you’ll need to remove the cookies. Use a timer to avoid crispy cookies. You don’t want all of your hard work to be overbaked!

5. Invest in parchment paper. If it’s not on your shopping list, add it now! Parchment paper allows cookies to bake evenly and golden brown.

6. Get the kids involved! Baking is about making memories, so allow your kids to join you in the kitchen. Give everyone a job: someone can dump the flour in the bowl, another can add the sugar. And we think there’s nothing cuter than sugar cookies that kids have decorated! Remember, it’s about having fun with your kids and making memories, not achieving perfection.

We know this is a hectic time of year and sometimes there just isn’t enough time to get everything done. Give yourself a break and know that it’s okay not to do it all, too. Remember,if your days are too busy or if for some reason the timer doesn’t go off and your cookies are burnt, give us a call and we can put together a tray of cookies for you.

From all of us to all of you, Merry Christmas!