Did you know that just about any holiday cookie can be made in advance? Talk about stress-free planning! Simply store the unbaked dough or freshly made cookies in air-tight containers for an entirely low-maintenance experience. If you’re storing your already-baked cookies, keep them stacked with parchment paper in between each layer for optimal storage. Just remember to let them thaw out overnight in the fridge before serving. From gingerbread and sugar cookies to shortbread and red velvet, these make-ahead recipes will get you one step closer to serving up baked goods that you too can enjoy with loved ones.
Stained Glass Sugar Cookies
A batch of classic sugar cookie dough can be stored in the freezer for a couple of months – you just have to decide how you’ll use it. Crushed candies lend a touch of festive elegance to these buttery, ultra-adaptable holiday cookies and will be the instant classic on your dessert table. Find more show-stopping holiday desserts.
Anna Olson's Basic Gingerbread Cut-Out Cookies
Gingerbread is a holiday classic, and for good reason — what with all those warming spices of cinnamon, all-spice and, of course, ginger. This recipe makes the perfect dough for cutting out shapes. Don’t feel you need to stick to the traditional gingerbread man, though. Get creative! They also keep well in the freezer, so they’re a time-saving dream.
Anna Olson's Checkerboard Icebox Cookies
Try making your own checkerboard cookies at home with Anna Olson’s simple, step-by-step recipe — it’s much easier than you think and they keep well in the freezer.