We've rounded-up our 14 favourite ideas to make your life easier so you can enjoy the festive season.
1. Get perfectly round cookies by baking them in a muffin tray.
2. Use zip-lock sandwich bags as a piping bag. Just fill the bag with icing and snip the corner. The bigger the hole, the bigger the frosting.
3. If your brown sugar has gone rock hard, soften it by placing it in a bowl covered with a wet paper towel and microwaving for 20 seconds.
4. For more precise measurements for sticky ingredients like honey, golden syrup or maple syrup, spray the inside of your measuring cup with a non-stick spray first. Cleaning up will be easier, too.
5. To make your cookie dough more manageable, chill it for at least four hours before using it. Do it the night before so you’re all set to go in the morning.
6. If you’ve ran out of frosting, you can use marshmallows as fast and affordable replacement. Just dip one side of your marshmallows in water so they don’t run, and place a few on each biscuit when they have three to five minutes left to bake. Once they start to melt, take your biscuits out of the oven and spread the marshmallow to make instant frosting. Just make sure they haven’t turned brown in the oven.
7. Jazz up store-bought cookie dough by adding flavours such as cinnamon, vanilla extract, nuts, white chocolate chips, and pure peppermint extract.
8. Want to take your chocolate chip cookies to the next level? Sprinkle the tops with coarse sea salt.
9. After an easier way to decorate your cookies? Use a clean plastic syringe (like the ones you find in children’s paracetamol) for a non-wobbly look.
10. Burnt your cookies? Don’t throw them out. Salvage them by carefully grating the burnt sides and bottoms off.
11. Don’t have time for frosting? Create a beautiful design by sprinkling icing sugar through a piece of lace or a doily.
12. Love the texture of a chewy cookie? Make sure you use room temperature butter.
13. Keep your Christmas biccies fresh by adding a slice of white bread, half an apple or an orange peel to the container.
14. Don’t have a rolling pin? Just use a wine bottle instead. You can wrap it in baking paper to keep it clean.