BEAT THE HOL­I­DAY RUSH

Take time to make freezer-friendly cook­ies now be­fore things get hec­tic

Edmonton Journal - - YOU -

Gift ex­changes, hol­i­day par­ties, fam­ily din­ners, oh my! The hol­i­day sea­son is still a few weeks away, but when it ar­rives, it can feel like a whirl­wind.

Get a head start on your hol­i­day prepa­ra­tions with these easy, tasty and — most im­por­tantly — freezer-friendly cookie recipes.

Bring on the hol­i­day cheer with our choco­late pep­per­mint sugar cook­ies. These whipped cook­ies have dou­ble the flavour. The cook­ies them­selves are al­ready flavoured with co­coa pow­der and pep­per­mint ex­tract. Then they are topped with the glaze.

For a more fes­tive flair, cut into de­sired shapes — not just rounds — and driz­zle on the glaze in­stead of sim­ply spread­ing.

For a more clas­sic cookie, try our per­fect sugar cookie. Our se­cret in­gre­di­ent? Cream of tar­tar. Not only does it ac­ti­vate the bak­ing soda, cre­at­ing a softer cookie, it also helps to sta­bi­lize the eggs, keep­ing the cook­ies light and white. Who knew there was so much sci­ence in bak­ing?

You can also lay out a spread of coloured ic­ings, can­dies and sprin­kles with the fin­ished cook­ies for a fun ac­tiv­ity with the kids.

ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen’s col­umn on healthy eat­ing for busy fam­i­lies runs Wed­nes­days in the food sec­tion. Look for our Hol­i­day Col­lec­tion cook­book in stores and on­line. For tips on cook­ing, food safety or house­hold mat­ters, call 1-877-4209090 toll-free, email bfkan­swer­line@atco.com or chat with us live on­line at ATCOBlueFlameKitchen.com.

ATCO BLUE FLAME KITCHEN

The rich glaze gives our choco­late pep­per­mint sugar cook­ies a dou­ble dose of flavour.

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