Make Ahead Meals – Make Ahead Christmas Cookie Dough

Want to know how to get organized for the holidays? When you make ahead meals, make ahead Christmas cookie dough, too, and you’ll be on your way to a less-hectic December in no time.

Make Ahead Christmas Cookie Dough I Neat Nest

Remember when I told you about the time-saving tip of making cookie dough ahead and freezing it?  Well, this technique is extremely helpful when applied to Christmas or other winter holiday cookies, too.

Here’s how it can help:

*Save time – By focusing on the one task of making batter, you’ll efficiently put together the recipes.

*Save energy – I’m usually tired after making batter, baking a full recipe of cookies and then cleaning up.  Most of us try to bake much more than that when preparing holiday cookies, and end up exhausted and cranky as a result (at least I do 🙂 )  When you only have to prepare batter, freeze the dough and clean up, you’ll spend less time on your feet and save your back a lot of strain, too.

*Enjoy your holiday baking moreWhen all you have to do is thaw the dough and get out a few cookie sheets, baking cookies gets a whole lot happier because it’s a whole lot simpler.  There are no ingredients to measure or big messes to clean up.  Just baking fun – LOVE it!


Here’s how you can do it:

*Pick four of your favorite holiday cookie recipes (but no egg white-only batters, i.e. meringues).

*Write any ingredients you need on your grocery list and buy them.

*Pick a weekend day in early November, and just make the batter for each recipe.

*Freeze in air-tight containers or freezer bags for 4 – 6 weeks.

To use:  thaw dough for 12 hours in refrigerator. Bake according to recipe.


It really couldn’t be simpler than starting ahead now while you have a bit more time and energy.  And, with Thanksgiving being late this year, December will seem shorter and more hectic.

How to get organized for the holidays starts with make ahead Christmas cookie dough.  What else do you do you to organize your time and life during this season?

Happy Make Ahead Monday!

🙂 Robin


  1. I’m definitely going to be doing this. I also have my daughters birthday in December which makes it more crazy. The past two years I haven’t made certain cookies just because I ran out of time and energy. I have never tried freezing the batter first. Does the cookies turnout and taste the same?

    • Great, Sara! So glad that this will help make your December less hectic! I have been freezing cookie dough for quite a while now with excellent results. Drop cookies, shortbreads & cutouts do very well. Just avoid recipes like meringues.


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