December 13, 2011
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And somewhere between hanging the tinsel and wrapping the gifts, you realize you’ve forgotten one of the most important traditions of all – baking holiday cookies. With thoughts of a kitchen covered in flour, the kids fighting over the same cookie cutter and the dog eating the dropped cookie dough, it would be easy to just forget the whole thing and try again next year. But it’s never too late to enjoy this all important holiday tradition and make some new memories. The experts at GFS Marketplace, a bulk-food store located in the Midwest and Southeast that specializes in food and supplies for every day and party needs, offer the following ideas for keeping the holiday cookie decorating tradition alive:
Use pre-cut cookie dough
What’s the best part about making holiday cookies?...Use store-bought ‘place and bake’ cookies and cut your prep and baking time by more than half. Eliminating the time consuming process of making cookies from scratch will give you more time to get creative with your cookie designs and your friends and family will never know the cookies weren’t made from scratch.
Start with store-bought cookies
Turn every day cookies we eat all year long into something special with a few extra ingredients. Put chocolate, vanilla or peanut butter sandwich cookies into a food processor, mix with cream cheese and form into bite-size balls. After chilling them in the refrigerator, dunk them in melted chocolate or almond bark and add sprinkles for a festive look. You could even add sticks to each creation for a ‘cookie pop’ version!
Host a Cookie Decorating Contest
With all the time you’ll save using pre-cut cookie dough you can unleash your inner Martha Stewart and get really creative. Hold a contest between family members to see who can come up with the most uniquely designed cookies. Have a variety of colored frosting, icing, sugars, melted chocolate, sprinkles, and candies on hand for this memory-making event!
About GFS Marketplace
Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Gordon Food Service is the largest family owned distributor of food service products to restaurants, schools and food service operators in the country. The GFS Marketplace Stores, begun in 1979, to service the emergency needs of GFS truck delivery customers and are also the primary supplier to many smaller operators who prefer to pick up their products. There are 148 GFS Marketplace stores throughout Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Florida, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Tennessee and Wisconsin.
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