It would be wonderful if we all had a warm, cozy grandmother’s house to go to for the holidays. But, we know that “home for the holidays” is not really about a place, but about being with family and friends. The big holiday dinners are typically the attention grabbers, but let’s not forget about the leisurely visits around the kitchen table. For those times, it’s nice to have a few treats on hand to pull out and serve.
Stash Holiday Treats in the Freezer
Many cookies, cakes and breads freeze well. Keep in mind that baked goods without frosting, glaze or decorations are easiest to pack and freeze. Below are freezer tips:
- Quick Bread – Cool completely. Wrap in foil or heavy duty plastic wrap pressing out all air. Freeze up to 3 months. Thaw, wrapped, at room temperature. Cranberry Walnut Banana Bread
- Cookies – Cool thoroughly. Pack in sturdy freezer container. If fragile, cushion with crumpled waxed paper. If frosted, freeze then pack. Freeze up to 6 months. Thaw unwrapped at room temperature, about 10 minutes. Pumpkin White Chocolate Chunk Cookies
- Cakes and Coffeecakes – Cool completely. Place on foil wrapped cardboard, wrap in foil or heavy duty plastic wrap, pressing out air. If glazed or frosted, freeze before covering (buttercream frostings freeze best. Do not freeze egg white frostings or custard fillings). Freeze unfrosted up to 6 months or frosted up to 3 months. Thaw unfrosted cakes, covered for 2 to 3 hours at room temperature. Thaw frosted cakes loosely covered in the refrigerator overnight. Blueberry Almond Coffee Cake
As a reminder, the delicious treats you have in your freezer make thoughtful gifts for friends, co-workers, teachers, etc.