Ideas for December
With the holidays in full swing we'll help you make your kitchen work as efficiently as possible.
Give a boxed brownie mix a holiday makeover: Sprinkle chocolate chips over the brownies straight from the oven. Let sit for a few minutes, then spread the melted chocolate. Sprinkle immediately with crushed peppermint candies, pressing in the candies to adhere. Let cool completely before cutting and serving.
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Drop-cookie dough is great for freezing (and thus, baking a cookie when a craving strikes!). Portion out the dough onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, freeze, then transfer to a covered container and refreeze. When you're ready, bake as usual, tacking on an extra minute or two as needed.
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Evenly Baked Cookies
Cool baking sheets in between baking batches of cookies by running cold water over the underside of each sheet — placing raw cookie dough on a hot baking sheet will lead to uneven baking.
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In honor of National Maple Syrup Day, treat the kids to old-fashioned maple syrup candy: Bring 1 cup maple syrup and ¼ cup butter to a boil, 5 to 6 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes, then pour over vanilla ice cream — or snow, if available — so the candy hardens. Indulge immediately.
Make Blueberry Maple Syrup at Home
After boxing cookies as presents, store the packages in sealed plastic bags until ready to be given to the recipient. The airtight seal will keep cookies fresh for longer.
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