Get a head start on Christ­mas good­ies

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

Regina Leader-Post - - FRONT PAGE - Cal­gary-based ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen has been pro­vid­ing ad­vice on food, cook­ing, recipes and other house­hold top­ics for more than 80 years. Their cook­books in­clude Ev­ery­day De­li­cious and From the Grill.

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 our deca­dent choco­late pep­per­mint 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

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

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