Friday, November 21, 2008

A good weekend project

T minus 6 days and counting until Thanksgiving and the un-official start of the Christmas season. I say "un-official" because if it were up to Lowe's, Target, the local town center stores and Michael's to name a few, Christmas would begin revving up in September.

Each year I try and plan ahead so December is actually a season of peace and calm. Some years I succeed, some, not so much. This year, I decided to make some Christmas dough and freeze it so when the mood strikes, the cookies will be halfway done.

I chose two doughs that can be premade, my #1 all-time favorite Peanut Butter Kisses and our recent favorite addition, Spicy Gingerbread (and by "spicy" I mean ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, not cayenne and hot peppers) and whipped them up when the boys were away at preschool.

Once the dough is done, I shape it into mounds:
and then freeze them in wax paper, sealed in a freezer bag:
The gingerbread is in smaller, easier to roll out batches, the peanut butter in one big hunk of ooey gooey goodness.

Which begs the question...are you a dough eater? I know, I know, we aren't supposed to eat raw dough, but I know many chronic dough snatchers...are you one?

Have a sweet weekend,


Live.Love.Eat said...

Wow, I wish I could do dough but I don't. I am, however, getting prepared for Xmas. Just picked out my settings and napkins today. Menu is almost finalized AND I have been picking up little treats for the last few weeks to give away in baskets. So much fun!!!!!!

teresa-bug said...

I am such a dough eater. Yummy!!!!

Tabitha Blue said...

Perfect!! Love the idea of freezing and having it ready for... whenever :)

I'm most certainly a dough eater... and a HUGE fan of Christmas and all that it brings :)

K Giorgio said...

love the idea of preppring dough beforehand - particularly as i am 38 weeks prego!
the peanut butter kiss link is taking me to the sugar cookie recipe - is that right? thanks!!

Amer21 said...

I totally much on raw dough as I'm making it. I'm NOT supposed to considering I'm pregnant and all. Really bad I know but it doesn't happen often....

Sweet Pea Chef said...

k--you were right. Thanks for the catch! I fixed it...

Anonymous said...

I think it's a brilliant idea to freeze dough in batches and to destress oneself especially festive season and a family to care for.

Commonly people will stress themselves to make and bake for the festive those days but it's gone now. Everyone now seems to just pick-up ready made cookies from the store and stalls (it happens to where I live).

But I am not so the type for store bought cookies. I am getting my hands fired up for homemade cookies for my 3 boys. They sure are our admirer even if the cookies were slightly burnt. haha