Christmas in October

I am now officially guilty of doing one of the things that bother me the most. It is a pet peeve of mine to walk into a store before Halloween to discover that instead of finding bats, spiders, ghosts and pumpkins, I am overwhelmed with Santas, stockings, snowflake ornaments and snowmen. Yet, here I am, urging you to get ready for Christmas before the first trick or treater rings your doorbell!

I have a Good Excuse!

In my defense, I know how hurried and harried the Christmas season can get, so my excuse for this is to actually help you get a few things done so you can actually relax and enjoy both seasons. You can ooh and ahh (and be a little bit scared) of all the princesses, pirates and ghosts that come to your door, while breathing in the aromas of Christmas baking coming from your kitchen.

My last posts covered two of the most listed ingredients in recipes. I hope you stocked up on a few of the choices, because one of the most beloved items at Christmas is baked goods. We use a tremendous amount of both sugar and flour, as the gift we give our neighbors is a tray of assorted baked goods. In order to get all of this done by delivery time, there are several items I prepare ahead of time.  Especially the cookies. You can go ahead and bake them and freeze them.  Or you can make the dough, freeze it and bake later. We usually add at least three different types of cookies to our trays.

Cookie Choices

Tea Cakes
Chocolate Crinkles
Snickerdoodles
Chocolate Chip
Spiced Oatmeal
Sugar Cookies
Amy’s Cookies (a recipe that is similar to oatmeal, but uses Grape Nuts Flakes instead)

Instead of just decorating sugar cookies with sprinkles, this year I am ordering this decorative rolling pin. When you roll out your dough, it stamps it with Christmas designs. The time you save in frosting or adding sprinkles makes it well worth it. These will add a vintage and elegant touch to any Christmas tray or tin.  Plus, you are sure to get oohs and aahs from everyone who receives them as a gift. You can order it from Amazon (click the photo for the link or ‘decorative rolling pin’ above – both will take you straight to Amazon to order your own), and the price is super reasonable.  I plan on ordering two – one for me, and one as a gift for my granddaughter.

You can also prepare your bar cookies ahead of time and freeze them as well. I do advise, however, to make your breads the day before you deliver your trays, as I have not found breads to do as well when frozen for a month or two. But that’s okay – there is nothing better in the cold days of winter than to have the entire house smell like hot bread baking in the oven!

Next time you head to the store in early October and see Christmas instead of Halloween, don’t fret. Instead, let it fill your imagination with all those delectable goodies you are going to share for gifts. Then instead of grabbing another bag of candy (that you are really buying for you, and not the trick or treaters), head over to the baking supplies and start stocking up on flour and sugar. With that new rolling pin, you may just want to bake a few extra batches!

Two Most Used Ingredients

Flour

Sweet as…well…Sugar!

Julie Murphree is a blogger, newspaper columnist, and speaker on all things ‘Living a Simple Life on the Farm’. She is the author of \\\'The Farm Wife – Living a Simple Life on the Farm. She and her husband have 60 acres in NW Louisiana where they actively work on living as sustainable as possible.

2 Comments

  1. Great tip on getting ahead. I think I will do that this year, as I know I always rush to get all of my Christmas baking done, and it’s just stuff for us.

    1. Author

      I work ahead every year with my baking, Sarah, especially since I am always behind with my handmade gifts! I am so glad you like the tips. I am working on getting photos for the recipes I have, so stay tuned if you need a few for this year!!!

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