This undomestic goddess has been banned from the kitchen with the exception of providing taste test consultations. On Christmas Eve, I was relegated to the job of moving the cookies from the cookie sheet onto the cookie tray due to the mess I make whenever I undertake any kitchen related projects. It’s not that I’m incapable of baking, I just want to make everything from scratch and that usually results in flour everywhere and lots of dirty bowls, cookie sheets, spatulas, and whatever else. This is not ideal the day before a big family party.
My duty as a taste test consultant was shared with my 3 year old niece. She came up to me as I was removing the cookies from the cookie sheet and asked if she could help. I asked if she wanted to taste the cookies and she said yes, then took off after she had a cookie. My sister said, we share the same idea of “helping” and really the fun is in eating the cookies. I can’t wait for them to come out of the oven.
Following are the shortcuts my sister and daughter took to save time during a cookie baking marathon. For the undomestic goddess these shortcuts will make you look like Suzy Home Baker at your kids school or snack shack day.
Easy Cookie Lineup:
- Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies
- Follow the recipe for chocolate cookies on the brownie box.
- Take candy canes and put them in a sandwich bag, have your child take a small pot or rolling pin to smash the candy cane into pieces.
- Once the batter is mixed for the chocolate cookies, mix in the candy cane pieces.
- Peanut Butter Blossoms
- Follow the baking directions for the Betty Crocker Cookie Mix Peanut Butter – 17.5 Oz
- While the cookies are baking, have the kids unwrap Hershey’s kisses, ideally one for each cookie. We usually have a case of naked cookies (see pic) when the kids and I eat too many of the Hershey’s kisses and when my sister wants some kisses for our guests.
- Once the peanut butter cookies come out of the oven and are sitting on the cooling rack (we just leave them on the cookie sheet to cool). Have the kids push the unwrapped Hershey’s kisses into the center of the peanut butter cookie.
That’s it! What shortcuts do you take in baking that still result in amazing desserts? Leave them in the comments, I would love to try your shortcuts in the kitchen.