National Bake Cookies Day is a wonderful way to celebrate the impending holidays while you're looking at gorgeous Berlin homes for sale. This delightful day is right around the corner on December 18, so our real estate agents have put together a quick list of their favorite holiday cookies along with a few storage tips.
Let's start with the recipes:
- Basic Sugar Cookies - Sugar cookies are a simple holiday treat that come in a variety of shapes, especially if you have some cookie cutters available. With just a few simple ingredients, you can create a basic sugar cookie that's tasty on its own but can easily be spruced up with frosting, sprinkles, and other favorites. Check out this base recipe to get you started on this holiday delight.
- No Bake Grinch Cookies - Perhaps the Grinch started a little rough, but the huge change that he went through—especially his heart that grew three sizes that day—makes him the perfect source of a Christmas cookie. Starting with Oreos, all you need to do is add a few select ingredients, such as green frosting and a heart on top to get everyone in the holiday spirit. These quickly vanish at a party, so be sure to make a second batch for yourself.
- Easy Oreo Balls - There are a few different ways you can make Oreo balls, but our favorite is with this four-ingredient, no-bake recipe. All you'll need are Oreos, condensed milk, milk chocolate, and white chocolate. People adore this recipe because you're not dealing with butter or cream cheese, making the batter a cinch.
- Sugar Cookie Trees - Sugar cookies are all fine and dandy, but why not make them extra special? The easy-to-follow recipe uses multiple sizes of sugar cookies stuck together with icing. Add a small sugary star on top, and these trees will look so great that you won't know whether to eat them or stick tiny presents under them.
- Skillet Cookie Sundaes - No matter what holiday you're celebrating, skillet cookie sundaes will make it much better. As you might expect, these delicious treats are made in mini-skillets that are adorable to serve at a party or to keep for yourself. You can choose a variety of layers and toppings, including graham crackers, cookie dough, strawberries, caramel, and more.
How to Keep Christmas Cookies Fresh
We understand how hard it is not to chow down on an entire cookie platter, especially on National Bake Cookies Day, but we suggest you eat a few of these favorites and store the rest. Here are a few tips to keep cookies fresh for several days:
- Storing Crunchy Cookies - Airtight containers will trap moisture inside, which is bad news for crunchy cookies. Leave the plastic container or bag partially unsealed.
- Storing Soft Cookies - These can be stored in a Tupperware-like container or sealed plastic bag. Pro tip: stick a slice of sandwich bread inside to keep the cookies soft but not too soft.
- Let Them Cool Off - We know you're excited about storing your fresh cookies right away, but let them cool off first. If you don't, the heat and condensation can make them flimsy mess.
- Freezing Soft Cookies - You can store Christmas cookies in the freezer for up to six months in a sealed container. Icing and frosting may lose their flavor, so you may want to add these toppings when you thaw them out.
The best place to make holiday cookies and other treats is in the comfort of your dream home. Contact us today, and our amazing agents can help make that dream a reality.