For us, the holiday season is synonymous with two things: watching cheesy Hallmark movies and baking cookies—approximately 2,000 batches, give or take. Between gifting tins and attending swaps, there are simply never enough sweets to go around…and we’ll be the first to admit that all the grocery shopping, prepping and baking can quickly turn from “fun afternoon project” to “total meltdown, call my therapist.”
But Christmas cookies should be fun! (The season is stressful enough with all those family dinners and awkward convos with Uncle Walter about what qualifies as a livable minimum wage.) That’s where we come in: We’ve baked enough batches of thumbprints and gingerbread folk to know that you can totally reduce your anxiety with a tiny bit of foresight. Presenting our cookie prep timeline, aka how to make all your cookies ahead so you’re not overwhelmed during the holiday crunch.