Courtesy of Bake at 350, Bridget Edwards

One of my favorite ways to celebrate the holiday season is to bake up some sweet treats to give to friends and neighbors. Honestly, I’m always hoping to receive some as well!

Baking in large quantities can feel overwhelming, especially when your calendar is full of Christmas concerts, parties, shopping, and travel plans. With a little planning and a few simple recipes, putting together boxes of baked goods can be a joy. 

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Here are a few tips:

1. Plan to gift a variety of baked goods.
Include your family holiday favorites (snowballs, gingerbread, spritz) and a few simple, but delicious treats, such as a Ritz Cracker Toffee or Chocolate Ginger Cookies. 

2. Make ahead and freeze what you can.
Most cookies will freeze beautifully, including those fancy decorated cookies with royal icing.
Make a batch when you have time, then freeze until you’re ready to start packaging.

3. Bake your favorite quick bread for easy giving.
Find mini paper loaf pans at Container Store or Sur La Table.

4. Stock up on treat bags and ribbon.
Treats look nice when they’re in a variety of packaging within a box or basket.
They’ll stay fresher in smaller packaging, and opening them all is more fun!

5. Use gift tags to label each treat.

6. Always make a few extra for unexpected giftgivers who might show up at your door! 

Bridget Edwards and her family have lived in The Woodlands for over a decade. In addition to writing about all things sweet on her blog, Bake at 350 (bakeat350.net), she develops company recipes and contributes to The Pioneer Woman website. Her recipes have been featured by Martha Stewart and Bon Appetit, and she has appeared on the Today Show with Kathie Lee & Hoda.

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