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    Default How far in advance can I make Christmas cookies and candy?

    I started today with no bake cookies and my husband questioned why I was starting so early, and wouldn't they go stale? Now I'm wondering if I have to make cookies and candy twice? I need them for the beginining of Dec and the end. I do not want to freeze them. I really wanted to get a jump on these and get them done and totally out of the way in a week or two, am I starting too early?

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    Will whatever you made stay fresh for that long without freezing them polly? If you have made them NOW and don't need them until first of Dec., that is almost a month.

    Not sure......I have a friend that starts baking about the first of Dec. but she freezes a lot of it. It will depend on the cookie, what is in it.....but I don't know too many that would stay fresh for a month.......without freezing.

    Maybe.........will be watching this post to learn.......good luck.

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    My MIL always bakes early and doesn't freeze anything. Now that it's colder outside, she puts everything into individual tins, puts saran wrap over top of tin before placing lid, the get a snugger fit, then she places them either on the back porch or cubby hole where it's colder. Not freezing temps, but a lot cooler than rest of house. She's never had a problem with them and they taste just fine even into January.

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    You can also make the dough and freeze it (whole recipe in a plastic container, or ready-to-bake dollops, and bake the cookies later. If you have a problem with "dough-eaters" in the house who would be tempted to eat the frozen cookie dough, be SURE to use pasteurized egg products (Egg Beaters) or dried egg powder (which is also pasteurized) in the recipes so no one has an encounter with Salmonella from eating raw eggs.

    Do not freeze meringue, macaroon mixtures, or any other cookie doughs using whipped egg whites because the egg whites break down during freezing and the cookies will not bake properly.

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    I tend to freeze raw dough and cook it frozen, but I did find some good tips on how to keep cooked cookies fresh.
    http://food.ivillage.com/course/dess...,,1k1j,00.html

    Hope it helps.

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    I love reading about holiday cookies - the recipes, the cookie swaps, the baking, etc. In our family, people were always looking forward to my Dad's Christmas cookies. - wish I had the recipe to share with you.

    I remember bringing HM cookies to our Christmas celelbration with family on Kauai years ago - no one was really interested - cookies are not a big thing here. probably just as well since I on't eat them if I don't bake them!!
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    I start cooking right after T-Day, and I usually take a week off of work in December to push out the last of it. But I also freeze almost all my cookies, saving the really delicate ones for last, so I can just add them to the trays at the end. Most cookies won't last a month if you don't freeze or at least refrigerate them. A few exceptions, however, mostly the German molasses type, actually taste BETTER if you let them sit a week or two.
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    I start baking in Oct but I freeze absolutely everything. I have had to remake them a few times because my 3 guys swiped them from the freezer LOL

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    I was wondering how long they would taste fresh without freezing. Thanks for asking this question!!
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    I was wondering the same thing. I do make the molasses cookies and they last a nice while. I call it curing. I need to figure out how to ship mine soon from heat on the island to cold in Canada....

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    Well what about now...December 4...is it to early to start baking now for Christmas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnW819 View Post
    Well what about now...December 4...is it to early to start baking now for Christmas?
    I hope not - I made 2 batches of toffee and a whole mess of the ritz cracker-peanut butter things dipped in white choc. they are all in the freezer for whenever I need them.

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    I have never froze cookies before...What do you do when you want them? Just let them sit out??

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