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SchneiderPeeps - Freezing Cookie Dough is a great way to enjoy fresh baked cookies anytime.  I try to always keep a bag in the freezer for those days you just need a cookie.

Like many families, Christmas is not just a one day celebration in our home and the celebrating doesn’t end on December 25th. Over the last few years we’ve settled into a routine that works for us and our extended families. A routine that is pretty consistent and yet flexible. A routine that takes into consideration the “other side” of the family and one that doesn’t wear everyone out.

This year Christmas Day will just be our family that actually lives in our home -it’s the ‘off” year for us. We’ll celebrate with my family on New Year’s Day (we do this every year) and with Carl’s family the first Saturday in January (this changes depending on what day of the week Christmas falls.) Christian and his family will be at both of those celebrations but they are spending Christmas Day with Lizzy’s family. 

I’m really happy that we don’t have drama surrounding our Christmas and everyone is willing to work things out. I’m also happy that Christian and Lizzy decided to follow Carl’s brother’s family on the year they celebrate Christmas with us on the day and their in laws on the day. I’m hoping my other children will be able to have this same schedule when they marry. 

But it does make for an extended holiday and a very small Christmas Day. In an effort to try to have everyone’s favorite treats when they want them and yet not have too many all at once, Esther and I spent Saturday making cookie dough for the freezer. Freezing cookie dough is super easy to do and nobody will know the difference. You might need to bake them for a minute or two longer but that should be the only difference. 

SchneiderPeeps - Freezing Cookie Dough is a great way to enjoy fresh baked cookies anytime.  I try to always keep a bag in the freezer for those days you just need a cookie. Make your regular cookie dough. It always helps if you have a cute 5 year old to stir as they take their jobs very seriously. Also, we’ve been harvesting our pecans so I’ve added them to several recipes even if the recipe doesn’t really call for them. 

SchneiderPeeps - Freezing Cookie Dough is a great way to enjoy fresh baked cookies anytime.  I try to always keep a bag in the freezer for those days you just need a cookie. Using a dough scoop I put the dough on a baking sheet. The cookies on the left are Mexican Wedding Cookies and the cookies on the right are chocolate chip cookies for the peanut butter cup cookies. Put them into the freezer for about 20-30 minutes. Also, you can put them really close. 

SchneiderPeeps - Freezing Cookie Dough is a great way to enjoy fresh baked cookies anytime.  I try to always keep a bag in the freezer for those days you just need a cookie. While they are freezing, I write on the freezer bags the name of the cookie and how to bake it. I really like the Hefty freezer bags because they have a lot of white space to write the instructions. 

SchneiderPeeps - Freezing Cookie Dough is a great way to enjoy fresh baked cookies anytime.  I try to always keep a bag in the freezer for those days you just need a cookie. After the cookie dough is frozen (or mostly frozen) put each variety in it’s own bag. 

We also made Church Window Cookies and froze them in a log instead of individual cookies. I’ll be using some of these bag toppers to make a few bags to send goodies home with nieces and nephews (and adult children) when I actually bake the cookies. 

And speaking of nieces and nephews, this ornament craft and snowman craft are really fun. I think I’ll try to make sure I have the supplies on hand just in case the weather is bad and we’re all stuck inside when they are all here. 

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What are your tips for having a less stressed holiday? 

 

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Kathy Jackson

Friday 8th of January 2016

Your five year old-probably six by now- is adorable! I have been sick for several years with Fibromyalgia, and I have about 30% of the stamina I used to have. And we do Christmas BIG in my family! I do my cookies like you posted, but I need to do the writing on the ziplock bag from now on. I had to go back and look up the cooking temps and times.....I also freeze the sausage cheese balls. That is my whole family's favorite snack and it's so much easier to do things ahead of time. Starting early on gifts helps too. I wrap gifts as I purchase them and put them in the top of my closet. Then when it's time I get them out and decorate them. Doing things ahead is the best timesaver I know!

Angi Schneider

Friday 8th of January 2016

Thank you! She's such a fun helper and I'm fortunate that she enjoys hanging out with me and helping. Yum, those sausage cheese balls sound wonderful! Thanks so much for the tip of wrapping the gifts as you go along. We buy early but I don't wrap early, I think I'm going to change that.

Nicole @Little Blog on the Homestead

Monday 22nd of December 2014

I love this! It's great to have frozen dough on hand for when you're feeling a craving and can just pop in a few cookies and not have to make a whole big batch (and then eat them all)

Angi Schneider

Tuesday 23rd of December 2014

Yeah, even with a large family a full batch of cookies is a little too much all at once. Although my kids would love it.