(Giant Mess of) Christmas cookie baking best practices?
November 5, 2011 3:23 PM Subscribe
Each year we bake up a number of Christmas cookies to give to family, friends, service professionals we are grateful for, etc. Each year the list expands. This year we have vowed to get organized, make dough in advance, improve our packaging and presentation so that recipients don't get a box of crumbs, etc. What are your best practices?
posted by Soliloquy to Food & Drink (11 answers total) 38 users marked this as a favorite
Our problems include (but are not limited to):
- Organizing recipes, ingredient and shopping lists. We'd like to get this onto computer or iPad. Suggested apps or workflows?
- Cooling/storing cookies while they wait to be packaged and mailed (trays on every flat surface is getting old). Suggestions for collapsible baking racks or ways to improvise same?
- Packaging for mailing. We're actually going to attend a class (from the King Arthur people) that addresses this, but not sure in how much depth. This is complicated by the fact that we make many different types of cookies, in various shapes, sizes, and levels of delicacy. We have obtained foodsafe bakery boxes in the past, but found they were too deep (cookies had to be piled too much, causing breakage) and not wide enough (couldn't fit more than one large, showy cookie). Purveyors of shallow, wide foodsafe boxes that don't have to be bought in huge quantities?
(Please note that the scope of this question does not cover actual Christmas cookie recipes, as we've pretty much got that part covered. However, if you'd like to toss in a bonus recipe for a particularly giftworthy and mailable cookie, you won't hear any complaining from me!)