Anyway in the past I have made cookie tins. I love to bake, but when you start adding up how much time I spend baking it gets to be a lot. So I started thinking this year I would make breads. Then I found this post at Homemaking Fun. Snowman Soup. How fun is that? So I think instead of making cookies for everyone this year I will make these goodie bags instead. They will also be great for my co-workers. I will alter it slightly to make the bags bigger for families (enough hot cocoa packets and other ingredients for each member of the family to have their own "soup").
I am so excited to have found this idea. It will take far less time than making cookies (although I do love that) and although everyone loves cookies, you have to admit you get worried when yet another plate shows up at your house. I always think "there goes my diet, again." And for me baking this year will be dangerous since I am about to begin my gd diet. Having all that yummy cookie dough in the house is just asking for trouble with my blood sugar levels. But a few packets of hot chocolate? I can't really go through hot chocolate that quickly (there is no sneaking one or two little nibbles here and there)
Although for those of you who do bake I will share my time saving idea (that I am sure many have thought of before...) Last year I took one day each week for about three weeks to make cookies. I picked out a different cookie recipe each time and made a double or triple batch. After cooling I then froze the cookies. Then the week of Christmast I defrosted the frozen cookies and put them in tins. It made my life much easier and much less stressful. I didn't eat the cookies I had made early becuase they were frozen and I only had to concentrate on one recipe at a time.
What are your time saving tips for Christmas prep?