5holidaybakingmusthavesIf you are like my family, the holidays mean traditions. Some older than others, but nonetheless still revered and celebrated. Family and friends gather at my mom’s house (thanks mom for having the double ovens) on a weekend before Christmas to bake, listen to music, exchange recipes and laugh. So what do we bake? Cookies, of course!

We always bake a variety of sugar cookies, my great grandmothers honey cookie recipe (see recipe below), peanut butter cookies with Hershey Kisses and many, many more. It’s a true bake-a-thon. It is a day full of fun but one that does require some advance planning. This is why I use Find&Save to help me get ready for the day.

http-::sacbee.findnsave.com:offer:Snowman-Measuring-Spoon-Set:46445450:1. Fun Measures

There are a variety of cute measuring supplies to bring even more fun to your holiday baking. Found at Pier 1, these Stacked Gifts Measuring Cups give you a “A pinch of sugar, a dash of spice, a hint of naughty and plenty of nice.” Also at Pier 1, you can find these adorable Snowman Measuring Spoons, which are hand-painted and dishwasher-safe.

2. Pyrex set

Alternatively, you could go with the 8 piece Pyrex set from Macy’s. What makes these bowls stand out is each size bowl comes with a lid, which helps in storing left over cookie dough

3. Mixing Bowls

With so many different cookie recipes, we are in need of mixing bowls, measuring spoons & cups, as well a variety of utensils. The Joseph Joseph 4 piece-mixing bowl set from Bed Bath & Beyond is perfect for baking. Not only does this set feature three different size bowls, it comes with an egg separator that comes in handy when you are trying to make meringue type cookies.

liner4. Cookie liner

When it comes time to begin baking our cookies, we line our baking sheets with a Silpat Silicone Cookie Liner like this one, found at Williams-Sonoma. Our cookies come out perfect every time we use a Silpat liner.

5. Holiday-themed containers

After all baking is done and we are ready to pack up our treats, each of us go for a different type of storage. Some choose holiday themed containers found at Walmart or storage container sets with lids at Bed Bath & Beyond. Don’t have a container, don’t fret. Ziploc bags with holiday prints do the trick as well.

No matter what you use to mix, bake or store your cookies let Find&Save help you find the right tools to bake up some tasty treats that you can share with your family and friends.

 

Family Recipe: Grammie’s Honey Cookies

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6 cups flour

2 Tbsp. cocoa

1 tsp. ea. nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger

1/2 tsp. ea. cloves, allspice, salt

1 cup sugar

1 1/2 cups brown sugar

1 cup crisco

2 beaten eggs

1/2 cup honey

2 tsp. baking soda, dissolved in 1/2 cup cold coffee

Everything should be mixed by hand.  It really does make a difference.  But if you insist, you can use an electric mixer for the liquid ingredients, but just use a wooden spoon once you start adding the dry ingredients.

Sift flour, cocoa and spices together and set aside.

Cream sugars and crisco together.  Add beaten eggs, honey and coffee.

Gradually stir in flour mixture.  Dough will get very stiff and hard to mix.
Divide into 3 or 4 sections, wrap in waxed paper and refrigerate overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Roll dough to 1/8″-1/4″ thickness.  Cut with cookie cutters.  Bake until golden brown…approx 8-10 min.  Cool completely before icing.

ICING:

Powdered sugar (usually at least 2 boxes), add melted butter, cold coffee, and vanilla.  Mix to desired consistency and taste.  Spread icing on cooled cookies.  Let icing set before placing cookies in closed container….layer with waxed paper to keep from sticking together.  Put a crust of bread in the container…keeps cookies moist.

Optional: Sprinkle a little cinamon on top.