Dished: Holiday Baking Hacks

November 29, 2018

Dished: Holiday Baking Hacks

Dessert is served!

Dessert is the best part of any meal, and baked goods make the best holiday desserts. Most of the time, baking is fun and relaxing. But with all of the additional cooking and entertaining during the holidays, sometimes you just need some quick, easy strategies to put the fun back in. We’re here to help! Here are a few of our favorite approaches.

The Hack: Don’t Bake At All

Skip the baking entirely and get straight to the fun part: decorating! Start with store-bought cookies, and top with icing, sprinkles, and whatever your favorite candy topping may be. This is a great way to get the whole family involved, and it saves tons of time and stress. Watch the video above!

Same goes for gingerbread houses. We all love to look at (and pick at) them, but the baking and construction is a whole other story. Great news: there’s a kit for that. Grab one, gather the family, and get decorating!

The Hack: Prep Ahead

Cookie dough can be made and stored in the refrigerator up to five days in advance and in the freezer for up to three months! You’ll have fresh-baked cookies in a snap. Just make your dough, roll it into balls, and store them in the freezer. They’ll be good to go when you need them. Pie crusts also hold up well, and can be stored in the refrigerator for several weeks or in the freezer for up to six months.

The Hack: Make Whole Desserts Ahead

Some desserts can be made completely ahead of time and frozen. Go ahead and make whole fruit pies—just don’t bake them. When you’re ready, pop them in the oven—no one will know the difference! Cookies and brownies can also be frozen, completely baked. Just be sure to wrap them well. Thaw before serving, and if you’d like them to be warmer than room temperature, put them in the oven or microwave for a bit.

What are your favorite holiday time-savers? Let us know in the comments!

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