Want an easy way to reduce stress this Christmas?
Combine your baking with gifting!
With my easy to follow steps, you can get your baking AND your Christmas giving done in just a few days! Plus you can add some serious FUN and deliciousness into your life as a family, no matter what your family looks like!
Click here to download the pdf of this file for your printing enjoyment!
Only want the grocery list, click here to download.
Let’s do this!
Step 1. Print the grocery list and recipe’s. Look through your home and determine what you have now that is on the grocery list. (cross off those ones from your list-one less thing!)
Step 2. Plan shopping and baking day(s), write on calendar; commit and do.
Step 3. Get your groceries.
Step 4. Do your baking, like you said you would in step 2.
Step 5. Package your baking according to “eat immediately”,” giving as gift”, “freezing”, etc.
Tina’s Christmas Baking
Warning! 2 nutty recipes in this batch. Almonds and cashews. I’ll start working on a nut free one, but still try the gingerbread and the Peppermint Bark.
Recipes you’ll be making:
- Gingerbread Dough-Men / Houses
- Rosemary Cashews
- Almond Bark
- Peppermint Bark
**(Make this recipe first, let dough sit in fridge wrapped until baking day)**
An “O’Connor family” tradition, this recipe makes the most delicious, soft gingerbread. Pairs well with M&M’s, but feel free to ice the Gingy-men also. Excellent for making gingerbread houses! This recipe makes A TON of cookies (6 to 8 dozen), depending what sizes you make, but we always end up making at least 2 to batches. These are a hit with most people, so good choice for bringing no matter where you go. Kids can do a lot to help, and have lots of fun with gingerbread, and so can you! Rolling, cutting, shaping, decorating, once you try this, you’ll be making it part of your tradition too!
1 Cup Melted Shortening
1 Cup White Sugar
2 Cup Molasses, Table
2 Eggs, beaten
1 Cup Milk
7 Cups Flour
1 ½ Tbsp Baking Soda
1 tsp each Ginger, Cloves, Cinnamon, Salt
In a large bowl, mix together shortening, sugar, molasses and eggs.
Inspired by my Aunty Shelley, who gave me these, along with the recipe, one Christmas. This ridiculously simple recipe is so delicious, and passes off as a very debonair appetizer. Add the recipe on a card and wrap in a cute package, and you’ve got a classy gift.
1 lb Unsalted Cashews
2 tbsp Fresh Rosemary Leaves, minced
½ tsp Cayenne Pepper
2 tsp Brown Sugar
1 Tbsp Kosher Salt
1 Tbsp Butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350 F. Spread cashews on a baking sheet and toast in oven until warm, about 5 minutes.
Printable Christmas Grocery List!
Fresh Rosemary Leaves (2 Tbsp)
Butter (1 Tbsp )
Milk (1 cup)
If following my gifting ideas, you will also need:
Blank Recipe Cards
Gingerbread house instructions or template
Baking Packaging-different sized boxes, clear bags,
Cookie Cutters (as gift)
Pantry / Baking Supplies
2 Cups Almonds (unsalted)
4 Boxes Baking Chocolate, White and/or Dark or Milk (squares or chips, 16 oz)
1 lb (500 g) Unsalted Cashews
Candy Canes, box of 12
M & M’s chocolate
Decorations for Gingerbread men and houses (optional)-icing, jelly beans, marshmallows, pretzels, ju jubes
Cayenne pepper (1/2 tsp)
Brown Sugar (2 tsp)
Kosher Salt (1 Tbsp)
Shortening (1 cup)
Sugar (1 cup)
Molasses (2 Cups)
Baking Soda (1 ½ Tbsp)
Ginger (1 tsp)
Cloves (1 tsp)
Cinnamon (1 tsp)
Happy ‘Stress Free’ Holiday!
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