Loaded Mint Chocolate Brownies
They’re dense, moist, rich, and are pure holiday comfort food. And there’s zero cakey factor. Whew, what a relief. I only like cakey if it’s cake.
There’s an abundance of Cool Mint Oreo Cookie chunks in every bite. The cookie bits add incredible texture and are a great crunchy contrast to the fudgy, smooth brownie.
These mint chocolate brownies are an adaptation of my trusty blondie recipe because it’s a no-hassle, no-fuss, no mixer required, one-bowl recipe that goes from pantry to oven in 5 minutes, perfect for last minute dessert needs or anytime you need an easy-to-make yet impressive-tasting dessert.
The holiday season is a joyous time, but can also a stressful time. Anything I can do to lighten the load of effort and stress traditionally associated with the holiday food prep and baking is appreciated.
Pans of bars are so much faster to make than cookies. No dough to chill or roll out, and bars are my favorite kitchen shortcut and a time-saving tip.
I’d rather spend time with my family, wrapping presents, shopping, or doing just about anything else than fussing over a complicated, labor-intensive recipe.
Another tip is to line your baking pans with aluminum foil, and then spray them with PAM Cooking Spray. This saves big time on cleanup time. You can lift the dessert right out of the pan using the foil overhang, peel off the foil, and your pan will hardly even look dirty. Score.
PAM for Baking is a floured cooking spray and I swear by it. Even in pans I don’t line, like loaf or muffin pans, the non-stick, no-residue qualities result in food that I trust won’t stick, and makes cleanup a breeze.
PAM Original, Baking, and Butter sprays leave up to 99% less residue than bargain brands while still offering superior no-stick results, and have zero calories per serving.
What’s in Mint Chocolate Brownies?
To make these loaded mint Oreo brownies, you’ll need:
- Unsalted butter
- Light brown sugar
- Brewed coffee
- Vanilla extract
- Peppermint extract
- Unsweetened cocoa powder
- All-purpose flour
- Mint Oreos
How to Make Loaded Mint Chocolate Brownies
To make the loaded mint chocolate brownies, melt 1 stick of butter in the micro, stir in 1 egg, brown sugar, a splash of coffee, vanilla extract, and peppermint extract.
To the melted butter-sugar mixture, whisk in cocoa powder, flour, and fold in the chopped Oreos. I used 25 Oreos total. 20 I folded into the batter, and 5 I reserved and strategically placed on top.
That’s one of my tips because it creates a nice visual pop and will really make your brookies shine and stand out on a holiday platter. It’s hard to resist that green stripe, surrounded by chocolate on all sides.
The brownies have just the right amount of minty flavor, and the mint cookies help to boost it. Mint and chocolate is a perfect pairing anytime, but especially this time of year, and I just love the texture and crunch factor the cookies add.
My family went nuts for these. I wish I had one in front of me right now but they were devoured.
Do I Have to Use Coffee?
The coffee doesn’t make the brookies taste like coffee and serves to enhance and intensify the chocolate flavor. Even if you’re not a coffee drinker, I recommend it. Leftover coffee from your morning pot is fine.
Can I Substitute Peppermint Oil for Peppermint Extract?
No! Peppermint oil is even stronger than the extract, and the two are not interchangeable.
Can I Double This Recipe?
Yes, simply double the ingredients list and bake the brownies in a 9×13-inch baking dish.
Can I Use Another Flavor of Oreo?
Yes, just keep in mind that substituting the mint Oreos will result in brownies that are far less minty.
Tips for Making Mint Oreo Stuffed Brownies
If you can’t find Mint Oreos, use your favorite chocolate sandwich cookies. Your mint brownies won’t be quite as minty, but they’ll still taste fabulous.
Regarding the peppermint extract — and I repeat this caveat every time I post a mint recipe because it’s very important — make sure you measure it, don’t eyeball it, and don’t over-do it, or your brownies will taste like mouthwash. If you’ve never worked with peppermint extract, it’s far more intense and potent than vanilla extract.
For example, I like to use tablespoon(s) of vanilla in recipes, but 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract is the max. Peppermint extract (or mint or spearmint extract) is sold in the baking aisle near vanilla. Make sure you select peppermint extract, not peppermint oil.
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Fudgy Mint Chocolate Brookies
Easy, no-mixer mint chocolate brownies that are packed with mint Oreos! Mint + chocolate is a winning combo every time!
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), melted
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 2 tablespoons brewed coffee, any temperature, optional but recommended (leftover from the morning brew is fine)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract or mint extract (do not use peppermint oil)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder (Dutch-process may be substituted)
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 25 Mint Oreos, each quartered; divided use
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, spray with PAM Cooking Spray; set aside.
- In a large, microwave-safe bowl melt the butter, about 1 minute on high power.
- Wait momentarily before adding the egg so you don’t scramble it. Add the egg, brown sugar, coffee (does not make the bars taste like coffee and enhances the chocolate flavor), vanilla, peppermint extract (be very careful not to over-add or your bars will taste like mouthwash), and whisk until smooth.
- Whisk in the cocoa powder. It could take several minutes of vigorous whisking if your cocoa powder is lumpy.
- Add the flour and stir until just combined, don’t overmix.
- Using a sharp knife, quarter 20 Oreos on a cutting board and stir them into the batter.
- Turn batter out into prepared pan, trying your best to evenly disperse the Oreos within the batter. Smooth the top lightly with a spatula.
- Using a sharp knife, quarter remaining 5 Oreos and place them onto the top of the batter, dispersed evenly. Push them down with your fingertip just far enough into the batter so it touches them, but do not submerge; you want to see them for a visual pop.
- Bake for about 28 to 30 minutes, or until done. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out mostly clean, or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter. At 28 minutes (shown in photos), the bars are very soft and fudgy; if you like firmer and dryer bars, bake for a few minutes longer.
- Allow bars to cool in pan for at least 30 minutes before slicing and serving.
Mint Oreos: Another variety of chocolate sandwich cookies may be substituted such as classic Oreos or storebrand sandwich cookies, noting bars won’t taste as minty without using mint cookies.
Storage: Bars will keep airtight at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 198Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 24mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 1gSugar: 19gProtein: 2g
More Mint Chocolate Desserts:
Mint Magic Bars – These bars are a mint twist on the classic Seven Layer Bars many grew up with! Made with Ghirardelli Mint Chocolates, Andes Mints, and Mint Oreos on a chocolate chip cookie base.
Andes Mint Chip Soft Fudgy Chocolate Cookies — These quadruple chocolate Andes mint cookies are big, bakery-style cookies that are rich, not overly sweet, and loaded with chocolate and mint chips.
Creme de Menthe Bars — These bars are what the Christmas season means to me and conjure up wonderful childhood memories. They’re almost no-bake, and although they’re a three-layer bar, they’re easy.
Peppermint Patty Cookies — Very chocolaty, ultra FUDGY, and loaded with chocolate chips and peppermint patties!! If you love mint + chocolate, you’ll adore these easy, soft, and decadent chocolate bombs!!
Andes Mint Brownies — The brownies have a box of 28 Andes diced and stirred into the batter, and another box of 28 mints that are diced on top. If you like mint, you’re going love these.
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I like to take at least 30 minutes to myself
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Get the kids to help in the kitchen! It saves you time on prep AND it’s fun AND the kids get to learn about cooking too :)
I bake desserts the day before the event.
I try to make as much as I can ahead of time
I prep ahead of time as much as I can by pre-chopping and cooking ahead.
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My favorite holiday tip-share the work! Even the littlest kids like to help!
stock of essential ingredients.
Don’t try to do everything yourself. Host potluck style parties. Everyone likes to share their favorite treats.
Do as much as you can beforehand to make it easy on yourself.
Thanks for the contest.
My tip is to clean as you go when baking and cooking.
have a well prepard stock of essential ingredients.
I prepare everything ahead of time
Plan ahead and get all of your prep work done first.
Have everything ready before you start baking or cooking saves alot of time. Thanks for this awesome sweep and have a Happy New Year :)
Cookie making is way more fun if you don’t have do it alone. I got together with 4 other gals and we had a blast.
I make some things the night before so it’s not so stressful.
to reduce stress i use my favorite recipes each year for holiday baking.
I like to have my grown son come and help me cook the meal. We stay up half the night and really have a good bonding session.
I always preread the recipe to make sure I have everything and know what the steps are
my tip for the holidays are to get the kids involved and have them help in the kitchen, so it will create even more family memories together
I plan a dinner menu and prepare ahead. I make sure I have everything I need and I prep ahead to save time.
I like to bake several things at a time and I freeze a lot for later. For instance, when I make apple pies, I’ll make several, leave one out to eat now and freeze the others. Thanks for having this contest.
Prepare everything you can ahead of time.
My tip is to plan and prepare ahead of time. I like to make sure I have enough ingredients and that the ingredients I have are fresh. For example my lemon extract had expired.
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Prepare as much as possible ahead of time.
We always start baking desserts at least a day before to save time and ask guests to bring a prepared dish for dinner
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I split the cooking with the in laws which makes our holidays a TON easier!
I make quick recipes
My holiday tip is to shop online as much as possible.
I watched my sister over Christmas and saw that she had a list showing exactly what time she needed to start each side dish so everything would be ready on time. Thank you
Planning ahead is the only way I can get anything baked during the holidays! Planning is key!
wash dishes as you go to save time later
I tweeted about the giveaway
I always use non-stick!
My favorite tip that saves me time and stress, is to start with a clean kitchen and an empty dishwasher. As I am cooking, I will clean things off and throw them in the dishwasher. This saves me the time from having to so it later.
I try to prepare as much as I can the night before—less chopping the next day.
Do your shopping early.
My biggest time saving tip is cleaning as things are cooking (or I am waiting for the oven to preheat) that way I have less to clean later on.
Getting help in the kitchen for food prep = saves lots of time!
I tweeted: https://twitter.com/peg42/status/417142538814754816
My husband and I love to bake cookies for friends and family. We make very large amounts of cookie dough and freeze it. When we’re ready to bake, the dough is already made and it’s so much less work to bake the cookies.
I have others in the household help out in the kitchen to reduce the stress from cooking and baking. It’s all about teamwork. :)
Make a list tackle one thing at a time. When baking make sure you have everything laid out you need.
Buy all your items in bulk so you’re not running out at the last minute to get more of something.
Doing as much as possible in advance helps, like cooking and freezing parts of the meal as well as decorating early
I tweeted about this
My favorite tip is getting out all ingredients needed and ready to go.
Have all ingredients out before you start!
Go to other people houses and let them do all the work. I just said that after cooking the last meal for my visitors who have been here over 10 days.
I shell pecans and walnuts all year long and freeze them. For holiday baking I just grab a bag from the freezer. Saves time and saves a lot of money by not having to buy shelled nuts at Christmas time.
I like to prep my items before I get ready to cook. It makes things less stressful.
I assemble as many dishes ahead of time as possible and them bake them the day I will eat them.
Start early make lists and have a plan and stick to it, its very easy if you start early to end up over budget so make sure you dont give in to too many impulse buys :)
clean as you cook and drink wine :)
Those look delicious. My tip is to plan ahead and have family members help out.
Thank you for the chance to win this!
My time saving tip is to prep all ingredients before baking or cooking.
plan and prep the night before – key to success! Use Pam for all of my baking needs – cookies and cupcakes!!
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Make sure to prep food early that way it is ready to go when you want to cook it .
I keep my best recipes in a spreadsheet so I can easily check for ingredients and make shopping lists. Thanks for the chance to win!
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get out all the ingredients before mixing, always a pain when you’re half way through only to find out you don’t have enough flour or something
I pace myself – do some everyday so I’m not so overwhelmed – thank you.
my holiday tip is to enlist in family’s help for the cooking
i add a glass a wine at night doing the hoilday that takes the edge off
To reduce stress, promote holiday happiness and cheer, make a large batch of mulled fruit punch: I prefer Cherry/cranberry, but any sweet fruit juice works fine with some cinnamon, nutmeg and powdered cloves. Keep the punch hot in a thermos, make sure you have plenty to share.
I spray baking sheets and pans with Pam over the sink so it doesn’t get on the counters.
These look amazing !! Mint is my favorite :)
I make as much as possible in advance.
My tip is to prepare everything ahead of time.
Prep your ingredients earlier for a time saver! email@example.com
I like to prep all of my ingredients first
I use a silpat when making cookies. I usually spend one day baking and then freeze many of the items. The garage is really pretty cold at this time of the year and I use it as a second freezer.
For a big holiday meal, I like to prepare everything the night before and throw in the crock pot and let that do the cooking all day. When it comes to using Pam, when I make spaghetti, I’ll spray some Pam in the water while boiling the spaghetti so the noodles don’t stick together
I always do my baking far ahead of time and have everything in the freezer, ready to go.
If you are making both non-fridge and fridge cookies, make all the refrigerator ones first – even the day before, if needed.
Group your recipes by heat requirements. You want to minimize having to check the oven temp.
Always under-set your timer the first time you make the first tray of cookies. You never know how your oven will bake on a given day.
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Prep ahead as much as you can, write a timeline for cooking a big meal… and don’t sweat the small stuff. Remember what;s really important about the holidays – family, friends, love.
Let someone else do the dishes!
Use a slow cooker so you won’t be rushed at the end of the day.
I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/416646529454059520
My biggest tip for dealing with holiday stress is to relax. I know that is lame but it is true. Stop fretting over things you can NOT control and enjoy the things you CAN!
i posted a tweet:
my tip is to plan ahead and make sure you have all of your ingredients before you get started!
I try to do as much as I can beforehand.
My tip is to make some of your treats ahead of time and put them in the freezer until it’s time for your parties.
Type out a timeline for the day before/day of the holidays, so you can make sure that you don’t stress too much in the kitchen. :-)
Just to remember what the holidays are all about :)
favorite tip for the holidays is do all your prep work a day or so before you do anything.
I save time by prepping all ingredients before I start cooking or baking.
My favorite tip is to make cookies to the point where you have made rounded tablespoons on sheets. Freeze them, then put them in a baggie. You can do this with multiple recipes – up to a couple of months ahead of time. Then, when you want them, many recipes you can bake them directly from frozen, others you may need to let them defrost some, no fuss, no mess and taste like you just slaved all day (not months before)!!!
i make a list and have my family help me!
My holiday tip is to go to bed early. ; ) Only time of the year I actually pull that off!
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The best time-saver in the kitchen is making it a family effort! You can’t do it all by yourself. Collect some family members or friends and assign tasks for them and yourself. Things will get done much faster that way!
Growing up, to help us remember WHY we were celebrating Christmas, every year my mom helped my brother and I to make Jesus a birthday cake right before Christmas Eve. My tip is simple…find a tradition or a simple reminder of the reason for the season to keep the holidays in perspective.
Bake treats in disposable pans, and wrap in foil, as soon as they finish baking. The trapped steam keeps them fresh.
plan, plan, plan!!
Remember the true meaning of this holiday time – The Birth of Our Savior.
my tip is to prepare all your salad vegatables when you get home from store and then put them in small containers for quick salads during the week
I like to schedule my week of Christmas and food preparation to do whatever I can a few days early!
I like to do the basic wrapping of the gifts one day, label the gifts with the owner’s name, and do the fancy bows and name tags another day.
I’d like to freeze pomegranate juice with the food saver
bake in bulk and freeze!
My favorite tip is to do as much prep in advance, such as chopping up veggies all at once in bulk, so they are ready to go.
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I try and bake my cookies ahead of time and then freeze them. It saves so much time and stress when it’s time to assemble the cookie platters :)
I tweeted about the contest here:
Streamline gift giving where possible. I am a big fan of family gifts for my in-laws and their kids. It saves a lot of shopping time ~ once I figure out what that gift should be each year!
I collect recipes all year-round for baking treats. Then when December rolls around, I know what to bake for gifts, parties, etc.
I keep a calendar of when to do everything. Example, last day to buy gifts, bake this cookie, or go to grocery for supplies. It’s really saved me the last few years.
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My favorite holiday tip is keep things simple. I love to get the kids involved so they can help out and participate too. More fun for everyone. :)
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I have learned that I do not need to do it all and I am at peace more during the holidays!
My best Holiday tip is that if you are hosting a party make sure to ask for help if you need it. I find it that most are willing to help.
Do what you can, don’t try to do everything. Don’t stress and enjoy the holidays with your family and friends.
For holiday parties, I always prep treats the day before. Saves lots of time.
My favorite is bring out your inner child…have fun, try new things, make messes, be fearless, laugh a lot and share. :)
Definitely freezing dough to bake later! :)
We have so many Christmas baking traditions- decorated sugar cookies, wreathes made from cornflakes, Chex Mix, etc. :) My best tips are to make double batches and freeze!
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Make easy meals you can freeze!
Don’t stress! Remember this is about time off from work and stress and worrying, and time spent with family and friends. Let yourself sleep in because you can, don’t worry that you’re taking a few days off from the gym, let the work emails sit in the inbox for a while, and make cooking a fun group activity rather than a chore :)
My favorite holiday tip is simply to stay active. Even a short workout can do wonders for your outlook when you feel stressed!
I always make my cookie dough in advance and freeze it. I portion it into individual dough balls so that I can easily bake the exact amount I need for a party or the holidays. The balls can go straight from the freezer to the oven (with perhaps only an extra minute or two added to the cooking time) so it works really well.
Chicken Broth is an easy way to start any dinner.
Shop in advance and online whenever possible and bake the cookies in advance.
Make up cookie dough a few days early
My tip: let Pillsbury do your pie crusts.
Would buy their gluten free item for my grandson can’t have gluten
I start planning early!
my tip is to line your cookie sheets with tin foil or parchment paper to make clean up easy when making Christmas cookies
Bake ahead of time, so you’re not trying to make all the christmas cookies a week before Christmas.
have as much fun as possible, it will- destress the holidays!!
My best tip – bake whatever you can ahead of time and freeze!
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Buy gifts in November! Bake and freeze ahead of time! :)
My favorite tip is to plan ahead, so you can enjoy the meal and time with family and friends.
My biggest time save tip is using frozen chopped onions. Such a time saver!
Xtra spending money helps relieve the holiday stress.
My holiday tip is to focus on your family and the people you love. Stressing out isn’t going to help. Spending time with people you love is what’s important.
I involve the children. Make memories they will never forget.
Shop online to avoid the crowds and lines.
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I can’t wait to try some of these minty delights.
Tip? Avoid stores at all costs. Use Etsy instead.
I like to make cookies and I will freeze them until I am ready to use them
Awesome giveaway! My tip is to work by categories – make all the cookie dough you’re gonna need, even if you are making multiple types of cookies, that way you won’t have to go from baking to mixing dough. Let unused dough chill in the refrigerator or freezer. And do all the baking you’re gonna do :)
Fave holiday tip? Relax and delegate responsibilities! Don’t overload yourself or you will be too stressed out!
My tip? Make lots of lists! And pull back and do less when it gets to be too much. Enjoy the holidays, not stress over it. : )
My best holiday tip is to clean as you go … otherwise it gets too overwhelming.
I order online and use gift cards to eliminate many headaches. But I spend lots of time getting just the right gifts for my twin granddaughters who are four and adore all gifts especially glue sticks.
Order gifts online to avoid the lines and hassle at the stores.
My Tip, truly take time to enjoy your family and friends. So often during this time we run around and don’t stop until we finish everything – and we never do. We lose the most important part of the season, and we forget what we are celebrating. Take the time to go to a silly holiday play or go to a park with your family. It will help to relax everyone and bring clarity to season. Enjoy each other.
Creating a schedule for cookie making!
A tip is to use simple recipes and don’t be afraid to ask for help with cooking/baking! If a family member is just sitting around, ask them to help you- It’s more fun to bake with other people!
What a great holiday take on classic brownies! I have been shopping around for a slow cooker but have never seen one with a stirring system built in–smart idea!
I always make sure to maintain a well-balanced diet. Although the holiday opens the door for many indulgences, it’s important to consume healthy foods as well. It will keep your energy sustained for the season!
Slow Cookers are amazing! I got my roommate hooked on one!
Bake ahead of time, saves so much stress on day of event.
Shop early! Some years I start buying stocking stuffers and small gifts very early on because it saves time during the holidays AND keeps you from spending tons of money all at once.
I do a lot of online shopping. We have two adult children, a DIL, and 3 grandchildren. I ask what they need or want, make a list, and then start shopping. I the returning things so if I find anything I think might interest the little ones, I check with their parents before buying. Also I try to stick with stores that have free shopping or that can be returned at local branches.
Two words: online shopping! :)
Right after Christmas last year, my husband and I started to pick up gifts for our son for this year’s Christmas. Finding toys when they were on clearance at random times through the year has really helped keep our holiday spending in check. So, while it may be too late for gifts this year for your readers, it will be really easy to start for next year!
Don’t stray away from your list! You may see something small and instantly think it is a perfect gift for someone but little items sure do add up. A plethora of random gifts will surely be a major hit to your bank account. Instead, stick with what you initially planned to purchase. You’ll feel much better after Christmas with more money in your pocket!
Making some of the side dishes (cranberries, poppyseed dressing, mashed potatoes, etc.) ahead of time!
I try to do as much as I can ahead of time.
We get little presents all year & start getting the bigger ones towards October. & making Peanut Butter Fudge for the other family members.
I always like shopping throughout the year for gifts during sales. I also stock up on baking supplies early on, so I’m never in the middle of making a food gift and find out I’m out of something!
I love getting Pumpkin Pie in a can.
just try not to “do it all” :) I get in a frazzled mess trying to accomplish so many tasks. stop and cherish the moments, especially with the kids and family.
Wonderful recipes! Thanks! Holiday tips: Set limits on gifts and yourself. You’re not superwoman and don’t try. You’ll only burn out faster. Merry Christmas!
I like to freeze cookie dough ahead of time. I can then bake it when I have time.
Do what you can ahead of time, and make sure you visit with family and friends. People are the priorities in our lives, and we can’t forget that. :)
My favorite tip is to slow down, take a deep breath, and remember what Christmas is truly about. :)
My tip for holiday baking is to plan, plan, plan and make what you can ahead of time. I make dozens of cookies and sweets. I spend the week before preparing the sugar cookie dough or icebox cookies and save them in the fridge or freezer until I’m ready to bake them. Then it doesn’t feel like a mad dash to get all the baking done and it is more enjoyable!
I do a good bit of baking around the holidays, and I like to prechop, and sometimes pre-measure ingredients before I really get in the kitchen. As far as shopping, I definitely do most of mine online, save the road rage and grumpy shoppers for someone else ;-)
I would just say plan ahead as much as possible. Also, get others to help you.
Relax. I know it sounds so simple, but try it. Don’t try to plan a Martha Stewart affair, don’t try to out gift one another, just relax. The holidays are for family and fun, so try to have some!
Don’t try out new recipes for holiday parties/get togethers. Use tried and true favorites that you know will turn out well. Saves time, as you already know how to make them. Also you won’t have to make a second dish if the new one does not turn out well!
Biggest holiday tip? Plan ahead! I find that if I plan ahead and schedule everything in advance I am able to fit way more fun things in than if I just go on the fly all the time :)
A group of us agree to NOT buy gifts and instead pool our money and buy a gift card for a single parent who is struggling. Anonymous gift it to them :). Deliver it in fun ways. Once we went to dominos and had the manager call and say someone had paid for a surprise pizza delivery and the card went; one year a “Santa” agreed to deliver to recipient at Work.
My holiday tip? Use gift bags for everything!! :)
looks delish! will deff try the vegan version!!! :D
Holiday tip?? …sleep thru it avoiding the stress and the relo’s!
I feel so silly that I just learned on this Thanksgiving how my mom had homemade cookies and goodies in our 7 stockings. She baked a bit for months ahead of time while we were at school and froze half of it, hiding it way back in the freezer. I’m going to do this now. My next new tip I just thought of: Stop looking at new craft/decoration/dessert/gift ideas at a certain point, like give myself a date in mid to late Nov., so I don’t have such urges to squeeze in ONE MORE new craft/recipe, etc.!
I love mint , well be making for Christmas gifts
Wow these look great! As for tips I would say shop all year long instead of waiting until December. It helps to ease the time crunch as well as the financial strain.
We set a spending limit that we will spend on each child(we have 5 so it adds up fast) We make cookies,fudge etc to give as gifts which saves a lot of stress of worrying about what to buy people :) We like to just keep it simple
I make list of all the gifts I need to get so I know that they are all taken care of and I didn’t miss anyone which is easy to do when you have a big family.
My favorite holiday tip is be flexible. Things won’t always happen the way I want them too. Events get cancelled, people get sick, etc. I have also learned not to tell my daughter about things too far in advance. If the event gets cancelled or we can’t go for some reason, it cuts down on her disappointment time.
I want these with almond extract and amaretti cookies!
I jot down all the things I would like to get done, and give myself a reasonable time limit. If it gets done great, if not, don’t sweat it. Remember the holidays are all about time spent with family and friends.
We used to put 1 present in the kids room before we went to bed Christmas eve and they were told they could open it in the morning as long as they stayed int their room till we came and got them to open the rest of thier gifts, that way we didnt have to get up at 5am, we slept till 7am and everyone was happy!
i make sure my kids help me, and possibly my husband:) helps the stress!
Every year I have to tell myself that I don’t have to get something for everyone. Giving gifts is my favorite part of the holidays, but it’s important to remember to be selfish and think about my own finances as well!
I love mint Oreos. Plan ahead and freeze
I try to cook everything before Christmas. Than I won’t be in the kitchen when everyone is at the house..
I love to bake, so baking holiday cookies with a Mrs. Meyer’s Iowa Pine candle lit in my apartment makes me feel relaxed and cozy!
Plan as much as I can ahead of time.
Learn to say no. Other people can help too…
“Don’t bite off more than you can chew” since it only makes you grumpy! Be realistic, don’t feel like you have to do everything and do it perfectly. Enjoy your friends and family. Plan. Make food and goodies ahead if possible and freeze them.
Is it okay to not have a tip?? I don’t really do stressful Christmas, haha… my husband and I are really laid back about it, we do things like read the Christmas story, look at lights, have dinner at a friends house… we might exchange gifts between each other, but our families don’t expect us to mail them anything from across the country. The more I think about it, I’ve got it pretty good… better enjoy it while it lasts. ie before we have kids, haha
I would have to say – planning everything ahead of time and making sure to stay on schedule! :) great giveaway and these brookies sound amazing!
I try to make some of the cookies my mother made. She was a great baker!
I wrap gifts as I buy them to avoid being rushed and stressed to get them all ready in time!
We like to keep it simple and stress free. I’m a nurse so have worked on Christmas the past couple years. So we just celebrate when we are all together and treat it like the real day!
I update my holiday card mailing list early and get the cards printed so I can do a few at a time. I send the ones that have to go farthest first.
Just roll with the punches and keep the Xmas spirit no matter who or what tries to bring it down!
I reduce stress now by asking myself “What will I wish I had done when the holidays are over?” and “What will I be mad that I wasted time doing during Christmastime once the holidays are over?” It gives me some real perspective and makes saying “no” so much easier! My kids are 11 and 14. This is the only Christmas that they’re going to enjoy it at this age. I want to look back and be thrilled that I used this time wisely.
I like to do my christmas shopping all year round when I find a great deal. That way I don’t spend all our money right before christmas.
I think the best thing to do is focus on the reason for the season and not get caught up in all the hoopla!
Best advice was… relax. What matters most is the togetherness. Everything else will work out. Also, to not be afraid to ask for help- still working on this one.
My favorite holiday tip is to prep anything you can ahead of time. Chop onions, set out ingredients, anything that will make your cooking and baking go smoother.
don’t stress and just enjoy the time with family and friends!
lists! helped me get almost all my shopping done in a day!
This year I’m making similar gifts for a handful of people, custom mugs, so I can make it personal but save time and money by using the same supplies.
I always plan well ahead of time and get everything in order and organized before I start any holiday baking
My holiday tip is to focus on the traditions. By focusing on those traditions that are meaningful for our family, I don’t feel the pressure for my tree or decorations to look like they came out of a magazine, for my presents to look like they were wrapped by Martha Stewart, or like I have to have a full on hot chocolate bar set up with homemade marshmallows in order to invite friends over.
In order to make it through the holidays, I prepare to-do lists for everything in advance. I also give everyone a job to make my to-do list shorter! Baking and freezing cookies is also a massive time saver.
One tip that gets me through the Christmas holiday is to get gifts months in advance whenever the opportunity arises.
my grandma (my real mom in this crazy world) told me when i was 6 that for holidays to work you had to remember what it was about.. yes it can be stressing and it can be overwhelming but if you find your pace. if you time the things you need to do and if you spread the holiday preparations among the family not only is it faster.. but it’s better for your family :)
My holiday tip is if you are an introvert, to plan for alone time in your schedule or one on one time with close friends/family members, so you don’t get burned out and end up hating the holidays.
I tweeted: https://twitter.com/SweetieCM/status/406879243004436480
Planning way in advance always helps me. Doing as much prep as possible during the days leading up to an event definitely takes a lot of stress off.
I get gifts from one place for as many ppl as possible at work
This is kind of scroogey. But I don’t decorate or host anything at my house. I go somewhere else for parties and celebrating. Then my home is normal, peaceful, quiet, healthy food. Just what I need!
I tweeted about this excellent giveaway:
My best holiday tip is this: Don’t feel obligated to do anything that makes you uncomfortable. If you really hate going to your friend’s house on Christmas Eve, you don’t have to go. It’s okay to say no.
ask for help! no one has to do everything all by themselves. i finally asked for help with Thanksgiving dinner and everyone was happy to help. I cooked the turkey and stuffing and everyone else brought the rest! It was easy for everyone and super yummy!
My tip is- alcohol! Makes it all more festive. ;-)
Keep it simple! The simplest things, well done can be the most successful.
I’ve found that shopping at off peak times helps me to be able to enjoy shopping for the holidays whether it’s at the mall or at the food store. 8pm-10pm, Monday thru Thursday, best times to shop! Also, bring a friend, another persons opinion is always helpful.
Ah I LOVE mint Oreos!!! I cannot buy them or else I will eat the whole box in one day- these look delicious!
Someone once told me to plan ahead and prep beforehand in order to reduce stress over the holidays. I love it! I think it really works to have a plan
Make sure you have plenty of booze too get you through!
I like to prepare ahead and freeze foods that I will serve during the holidays.
I like to keep a list! I make my food ahead that can be frozen and then the day I need them I pop them out of the freezer and bake it or cook it! It makes things so much easier!
Tweet link: https://twitter.com/shala_darkstone/status/405852693878419457
My parents, brother’s family, and I reduce stress by pooling our Christmas money toward a family vacation that we’ll all take together in the future. No more worrying about shopping for Christmas gifts (at least among us), and we get to spend quality time together!
woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!! CHRISTMAS IS COMING!
Loooove these cookies-they’re such a classic but yours look especially minty and delicious!
For Thanksgiving try shopping ahead go thru your local papers for the best deals and remember walmart price matches!!
For Christimas gifts make a list of the people you plan to give to and try shopping for gifts thru out the year you can get some real good deals.. last min shopping is the worst.
I actually love this new, simplified idea I have seen all over since last year. Give them four gifts:
Something they want, something they need, something to wear, something to read.
I shared the giveaway via twitter.
My favorite way to save time during the holiday season is by STAYING OUT OF THE STORES! Online shopping is just fine for me, thank you very much :+)
I try to bake the desserts and the like a day or two before the holiday. I also keep warm chicken broth going in the slow cooker on the special day to heat up items quickly.
I let my daughter make the pumpkin pie :)
Plan ahead! Also let someone else cook. =)
These look so good! I’ve been in a cookie mood recently, but the mint is calling out to me right now.
Hmm, holiday tip… lists!! My sister and I sat down and made a list of all the things we’re making for every meal while the family is together. We stick with some of the “usuals” but then try to find a few recipes to mix things up. Then we have one massive grocery list and go shopping! Once we get home, we try and sort everything into the recipes they are being used for. There’s usually a common area for ingredients that are used multiple times.
Spread the work around! Be it cooking, wrapping, decorating, make sure everyone has a role to do!
I can’t stop drooling over these, they’re incredible!!
I just plan ahead, it makes everything easier.
Honestly, I do everything online and for what I can’t I go early in the morning before work. We also do cloth gift bags for the grownups so it’s a little quicker than wrapping. :]
My tip is to make lists! I use Google Calendar to set reminders for myself and make lists so I know what I’ve purchased, what still needs to be purchased, and when I need everything done by :)
Start shopping for next year’s Christmas as soon as this year’s Christmas is over. It will make next year so much more relaxing! (I’m already done for this year because I did that last year!)
Make.A.List! And, stick to it! It helps so much when I forgot that I ordered something or stashed something away. Plus, crossing items off a to do list make me feel productive!
Do as much ahead ad I can.
I bake coffee cakes and cookies weeks in advance and then just warm things in the oven or let them thaw and serve. I work retail so this is a great way for me to save time.
WINE! Lots of WINE! Also, I make tons of dough ahead of time to freeze, then I have a HUGE baking day, or two. Then I drink some more wine!
I always shop early to avoid all the hustle and bustle.
Plan ahead! Start listing ideas early, in the fall.
The best holiday tip is to cook things that are make ahead. Saves so much time!
I tweeted! https://twitter.com/PantryDreams/status/405040439222235136
I’m not sure this is really a tip, but I buy Christmas presents throughout the year so I don’t have the last-minute present rush.
I get together with friends for a cookie swap!
Brookies-genius.Those look absolutely delicious. I have always been a sucker for mint and chocolate… now only if mine would taste as beautiful as yours look :)
I try and do most of my shopping way before Christmas, its just so hectic nearing the big day.. so stressful. I also like pre-chopping all of my veggies/fruits and making sauces ahead of time. Then its so much easier piecing everything together!
I tweeted: https://twitter.com/mmstarla/status/404826387816538112
I have to bake as I need it. I tried baking early to save time, but somehow my family finds it and it is gone and I have to do it again. I do pre-cut herbs, veggies, make sauces, marinades, and dressings ahead of time for a function or gathering. And delegate other family or friends to do stuff. They will most likely be willing to help.
My tip is to start prepping and doing what you can ahead of time so you’re not left to do everything at the last minute
My favorite holiday stress reliever is cooking. It forces me to focus on something other than what I am doing in the moment.
I do my Xmas shopping in advance, and get together for potluck dinners with friends and family — all of your favorite holiday dishes, but you only have to cook one or two of them.
I try to stay ahead of stress by taking the time to create lists so that I can stay on track. I have lists from everything from gifts purchased/to get, what I am planning to cook/bake and all the ingredients. Then the biggest “tip”…the world will not stop if I don’t get something done. I try, but I don’t lose sleep!
I try to shop during the year when I see gifts that I think someone would like. This year I lost my job so it’s been a little harder.
plan ahead and buy gifts early
shop online. It leaves more time for baking and causes less stress.
My favorite holiday tip is to delegate things that are hard for you, but easier for others to do! It helps things run MUCH smoother!
I just made these and i love them! Chocolate and mint together are wonderful, and i love the crunchiness of the oreos!
I write a master list of gifts for people! When I go to stores I write down the item that I would like to buy for them at a later time (aka Black friday!) Pinning recipes for the holidays is also incredibly helpful!
I enjoy buying pies from Costco. That saves me a lot of time and they are so yummy!
Make a list for everything! Food, guests, gifts, whatever! It will save you so much stress.
I do most of my shopping throughout the year as I find deals so there is very little stress over gifts during the holiday season.
I make to do lists, me use and grocery shopping lists in Excel on my computer. The shopping lists are broken down by department in the order my store aisles run. I make to do lists for week prior with days and approx times and cross off as accomplished, doing as much ahead as I can. I try to plan my menus with some dishes that can be made 24 hrs ahead or more and refrigerate or freeze.
Averie, Cool Mint Oreos are my favorite variety!! I love them even more than the birthday cake oreos or PB oreos. These brookies are fabulous and you leave no corner of the bars without a huge chunk of Oreo. That’s just how I’d like them.
By the way “I only like cakey if it’s cake.” – YES! Exactly. I am not a fan of cakey cookies, as you know. And cakey brownies? No thank you. I like dense, non-fluffy versions of both. Cake has a time and place – and that’s only when it’s piled high with frosting and eaten with a fork (or not).
Anyway, what a fabulous giveaway!! My favorite holiday tip is to simply “stay calm and breathe!” We often get caught up in the hustle and bustle of things, not to mention all the baking, and it’s important to just take a step back from the madness and try to stay centered. xoxox
I try to do all of my baking ahead of time even if it means freezing a few things. I also shop online to avoid going to alot of stores.
My advice is to not set such high standards for yourself during the holidays! Just do what you do best and do it from the heart:)
The thing that saves me the most time is ordering my gifts online. Preparing my cookie batter weeks ahead of time and freezing it saves time and stress.
My favorite holiday tip is to have some booze on hand. You need it to cook that bourbon cake, but it’s OK to take a sip or two now and again, too. It makes the stress of the holidays a little less harried. :)
I always try to bake the items I can freeze, first. I always try to keep to a schedule.
I tweeted: https://twitter.com/MainahMoose/status/404493727755796480
I posted a tweet too : (hi Averie!) : https://twitter.com/AnnaZed/status/404487164215296000
My biggest holiday tip is delegate, delegate, delegate – anything not cooking related I assign to non-cooking family members and it’s amazing how docile they are about doing it when they know that there is pecan pie to be had!
I love having a holiday cooking baking party where everyone brings dough and we all bake together and exchange and then everyone has so many more cookies!
I try to remember that the holiday time is to be with friends and family. Sharing of each others time, and that stressing to spend for gifts is not the way. I only make sure that we have gifts for the children. If you don’t have it to spend, don’t put yourself in debt.
I make stock and cookie dough in a large quantity and freeze it in plastic bags.
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My favorite tip is make some dishes a few days in advance so you do not feel overwhelmed on the big day. Saves so much stress and you get to enjoy the holiday with your family! =)
I always use canned pumpkin to save some time.
Keep you menu simple, delegate, and have fun.
My tip to make things a bit easier for the holidays is as you buy gifts wrap them ASAP, you’ll save yourself a lot of headaches by doing it that way! Another tip is if you plan on making and decorating cookies, have a few friends over to help out and divide the cookies amongst yourselves you could call it a cookie klatch!
My tip is to make a list on your phone of all the people you’re buying gifts for and the gift ideas you’ve had for them. That way, you never get caught at the store without your handwritten list or, even worse, wandering the aisles trying to remember what that amazing gift idea was. I always have my phone, so I can use/edit the list anytime!
My favorite way is to sip on a peppermint mocha while I bake a variety of yummy holiday treats. :)
Use a used dryer sheet to dust with, keeps the dust bunnies away for weeks – yay (I hate cleaning..lol). And then a few weeks before – steam clean the carpets, move the clutter to another room that no one will see, day before wash the floors…
OK – here is my tweet – https://twitter.com/freebiesndeals2/status/404462344417202176
Have a plan and stick to it.
I always have to exercise. It relieves stress, and makes me feel better about eating so many sweet :P
I love to prepare as much as possible in advance.
Be sure to have plenty of wine on hand at all times! ;-)
I like to prepare a crock pot breakfast so it’s all ready in the morning.
I chop onions, garlic and celery a day ahead of time and store in the fridge till needed. Also, a GREAT addition to make creamier deviled eggs is to add 4 oz cream cheese to each dozen eggs.
I try to exercise for stress relief and learn to say no to certain engagements/parties.
I start early with shopping and try to keep things simple overall. I bake and freeze cookies weeks ahead.
My tried and true holiday tips are to buy gifts throughout the year, maybe one or two a month when I find great sales and stash them away out of sight… Also to assign specific decorating jobs to each family member and make it a “family decoration day” event with lots of yummy snacks and holiday music. That way it’s fun for everyone and doesn’t feel like a chore.
These look yummy, my tip is to buy my Christmas gifts through out the year instead of just during the holidays, it’s also better for out budget.
My favorite holiday tip is to get my baking done a month in advance and put the cookies, pies and fudge in the freezer until Christmas. Frees up so much time and lets me bake for more people at once.
My favorite holiday tip is to plan ahead. Have all meals and ingredients needs for recipes written out and organized!
My tips are to get my shopping done before thanksgiving, and to plan my weekends out in advanced so I don’t get overwhelmed.
buy as much on line as possible
bake in large batches! It is so much easier to bake all your cookies at one time, than to make batches over the course of 6/7 days!
My best holiday tip is, don’t procrastinate, especially when it comes to shopping for food or gifts. Not unless you want to be caught in a mad rush.
Also decide what you are going to buy before heading out to the stores :) So isn’t the time for window shopping!
I just try to get lots of sleep during the holidays to make sure that I am well rested and ready to keep up!
Ask everyone to contribute to holiday dinners. This ensures one person doesn’t get stuck in the kitchen all day.
I don’t get carried away with decorating… just the tree and the nativity scene.
I try to start early to avoid last minute stress, and also I only shop online after Thanksgiving because the traffic and crowds are too stressful for me!
Making the sweets and treats ahead of time and freezing them for the holidays.
Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!! I cant wait to try making the brownies for my family :) they look yummy!!!
I like to make overnight baked french toast or overnight oatmeal so breakfast is easy the next morning.
I have two favorite holiday tips…buy gifts in well in advance and avoid black Friday shopping!
My favorite holiday tip is to prepare meals in advance to make it easier to cook the day of holidays.
My tip is to buy gift cards. Saves so much stress on deciding what to get someone.
Try to get as much prepared ahead of time as possible. potatoes peeled and in water, pies baked, celery/onion chopped for dressing and in sealed container in the frig. and bowls for mixing and other ingredients assembled. Then the morning of isn’t as harried and can roast the turkey and enjoy some family time instead of trying to do it all Thanksgiving morning, Even things like opening the olives and putting in a covered dish. the cranberry sauce, relish plate, dips all prepared a day of two ahead to make The day run smooth.
My Holiday tip would have to be “always try to have fun” The holidays always come by so fast. I always tell myself to try and see the fun in what I am doing. Weather its wrapping presants or baking a pie. I always try to have fun. :)
Shopping online really helped make things a lot easier last year!
I make the desserts a day in advance and some of the dishes that can be put in the fridge ahead of time before baking.
The best holiday tip is to prep certain foods in advance. I also love to have extra ingredients on hand just in case.
To reduce stress around the holidays, I take it all one day at a time. Instead of worrying about what could go wrong, I try to enjoy the present moment, thankful for how the Lord has blessed me so far in my life. I also try to remind myself that the holidays are not about me; rather, they give me an opportunity to show the love of God towards others in my life.
Stay organized! I make a list of all the items I will be baking and who will be receiving them. I usually ask who would like the to be included on the list because I do not to give a bunch of cookies and such to someone who may be dieting. This way I know how much I need to make, which makes it easier to shop. Baking relaxes me and it puts me in the holiday spirit that’s why I do it every year.
My tip is to have fun with your family, do what is best for your family and relax.
I cook and bake ahead of time and freeze the foods that will still taste good after freezing. It really saves a lot of time.
I try to cook ahead of time and complete as much prep as possible in the days leading up to the holiday, so I can have more time free to actually enjoy the day. Thank you for the giveaway!
My favorite holiday tip is to always bake a little extra! Wrapping up some cookies or any other yummies that come out of the kitchen can make great gifts for neighbors, teachers, coworkers, etc.
O. M. G. I’m dying for these! And I love PAM! I always use the foil lined pan and the spray for easy clean up!
Drink Bailey’s at every opportunity. On ice.
I buy presents all throughout the year, making sure to shop clearance sales and even garage sales.
My tip for the holidays is to make day by day lists of what needs to be done!! That way you don’t get too overwhelmed with everything at once!
tweeted! – https://twitter.com/ineedtobake/status/403699172861157378
My tip: say “No” more. It’s easy to have a full, hectic holiday calendar. But, our family tries to practice saying No & narrowing down our parties & commitments. Otherwise we’re running ragged & exhausted by the time it’s all over.
It doesn’t have to be “perfect.” When my daughter was born, her first two Christmas’s I drove myself nuts trying to plan and coordinate everything perfectly. To the point where I was grumpy and so tired I just couldn’t enjoy it. I’ve learned to let things go, put the camera down, create a more simplistic menu (that involves make ahead items to save on time). It all runs more smoothly now and I’m not nearly as stressed. :)
I try to go shopping as early as I can in the morning before it gets too crazy
Ordering gifts online truly is my biggest timesaver.
My tip/goal for this year is to not stress so much over baking for people/having them over. I need to remind myself that these are my friends and it’s not like I’m having the Royal family over!! Just enjoy!
I like to cook early and freeze my cookie dough. My kids love to help and we also deliver them to our friends and family so it saves a bunch of time having the dough already made.
tweeted! this sure would make my day! :) https://twitter.com/bringonthenews/status/403687349755715584
Wow, so many great treats!! My holiday tip is to do baking in bulk. It’s more time consuming to dirty up a bunch of dishes and chill a bunch of dough on one day, and it saves a lot of time. I usually plan two full days for baking and I’m done.
My favorite holiday tip is to prepare early and enjoy the celebration. Dont think about it as a task but rather a celebration and yoi won’t get stressed
My holiday tip is to switch off having Christmas/Thanksgiving at each others houses so all the work doesn’t fall on your shoulders.
I love making pies ahead of time and prepping chopped veggies the night before for a less stressful holiday!
Makes lists for everything. If you’re baking, make a list of what you’re baking and when– a timeline for gift baking is important and keeps me on track! I’m obsessed with lists this time of year. Shopping lists, meal prep timelines, Christmas card lists, gift lists, daily to-do lists. Organization is the key for me to reduce stress, be prepared and enjoy the holidays.
Instead of baking dozens of treats, have a cookie/treat exchange at work to take home or share for the holidays!
I prepare all desserts ahead of time since they are better cold than the casseroles and main dish. Also pre bought pie crust!
Shop on line, wrap early & say no to some parties/events
I posted a tweet: https://twitter.com/FireRunner2379/status/403676753094139904.
I make up dishes and prepare food days in advance to ease the stress on the actual days of the feast.
My best tip is to plan ahead and buy the after Christmas sales from the previous year, works great for kids in particular if you can afford to do it!
I like to make a few batches of Christmas cookies each weekend and freeze the so that I have them on hand for parties and gifts
Let others cook!! (I’ll do the baking)
Simply irresistible! Several years ago I made mint Oreo brownies and I’ve been toying with the idea of a revisit, definitely bookmarking this recipe!
In order for me to stay calm and peaceful, I play Christmas music and light apple cinnamon candles, open the doors if its raining to hear the downpour, and make sure I smile all day, remember those who’ve passed and love those around me with hugs an, compliments, and kisses. XO. Merry Christmas.
Prepare in advance! Of course, being a terrible procrastinator, I don’t often take my own advice :(
My tip for the holidays is to relax and bake cookies!
This year I’m going to try and spend less time worrying about silly things and when I get the moments with my family I’m going to soak them up! I know it’s not really a tip, but more something I’m going to try to focus on myself. :) Thanks for the great giveaway!
My favorite holiday tip is buying a lot of disposable gladware or tupperware before meals to send people home with leftovers
I tweeted: https://twitter.com/booksconsidered/status/403646801837715457
A good tip I have is to time your oven cooking so you can start with items that need to be cooked on the lowest heat first and then moving up to higher heats. This will prevent you from cooking something too hot and you don’t have to keep turning on and off the oven if you plan to cook a few items all at once!
A big tip is to write everything down. Like who and what you need to shop for the holidays. I personally go shopping on Black Friday like a crazy person, luckily our family does white elephant since we have a big family so we don’t shop for everyone except the kids. :)
My “tip” is simply to remind myself daily (or hourly, or as often as necessary) to RELAX and ENJOY. This is a special season, and life is heartbreakingly short and uncertain…so soak it all up, and don’t stress the small stuff.
Make a plan, write it down. You are the the master of your holiday’s.
tweet: https://twitter.com/akronugurl/status/403577058514595840 .
i always plan ahead
We tried something new for our family get together last year and will be continuing to do it. My dad’s side is huge we usually have a minimum of 40-50 people that can make it, and even more that can’t. Traditionally everyone brings Christmas cards and pictures instead of paying for whipping. To ease the handing out and keeping track of these we bought Christmas stockings from the dollar store, put everyone’s names (or at least the main person in each family) on them and hung them in the front hallway. Everyone then put the cards/pictures in the correct stockings, then grabbed them on their way out. So much easier.
this would greatly help put a dent in my Xmas shopping! thanks for the opportunity!!
i tweeted! https://twitter.com/whmsicalcupcake/status/403573171325906944
Online shopping makes holiday less stressful and getting take out or eating out (sometimes I wind up using leftover restaurant gift cards rec’d the Xmas before) as much possible since we don’t eat out often throughout the year. This way oven can be used for cookies and such. You can check out local Amazon or Groupon for restaurant coupons…it’s amazing what you can save by doing that. However one of the biggest money savers is to do a Pollyanna or even white elephant (cheap item) exchange among family at Xmas Eve. One gift and one dish to bring hallelujah!
my favorite holiday tip is LIST LIST LIST!! write down your thoughts in a small journal that you can toss in your purse or keep in your jacket pocket. you see something out and about that your sister would love? WRITE IT DOWN! when you’re ready to do holiday shopping, you already have a list or at the very least, a starting point! also, one thing that I am starting this year: every week from nov to xmas, shop for one person a week (the immediate family, best friends, VIPs) that way, when the holiday rush comes knocking, you’ll be finished with the people who matter most and all that’s left are friends, coworker, distant relative gifts. no stress!
Well doesn’t all that look good!!! My favorite holiday tip- remember to take time to enjoy a little bit of the treats you work so hard to make. It makes it all just a little more fun when you don’t have to give them all away.
I also did the alternate form of entry!
My biggest thing is to start early! Shopping, baking, homemade gifts. I find if I spread it out of the course of a month, it isn’t as stressful as waiting until the last minute!
I love chocolate and mint. they look yummy!
We do Secret Santa since we have such a large family. Saves lots of time and money.
My favorite holiday tip is to make a schedule and bake or prep whatever I can do the week of the holiday before the celebration!
We give gifts to the children and draw names for the adults. Lots of baking early so always ready for family and friend visits.
My tip is to shop before Thanksgiving. Then I enjoy spending time in my kitchen making holiday treats to freeze for later enjoyment.
I tweeted about the giveaway!
First, your brookies look fabulous! One of the best holiday tips I have is to keep easy appetizers and snacks on hand like hummus and veggies and cookies!
If you start to get stressed, remind yourself what the season is all about
I play my favorite Christmas CDs when I need to accomplish holiday tasks. It puts me in the mood, and I get the job done in no time :)
Making a Christmas list of the gifts I have to buy right after Halloween gets my wheels turning and gives me enough time to budget!
Make sure to go to the gym to reduce stress!
My holiday tip: shop online and do it early! It gets everything out of the way so you don’t feel stressed last minute :)
We only buy gifts for the kids in our extended family and I always shop through out the year setting a price limit for each item and sticking to it. This is I snagged several rockets for the boys and nail are kits for the girls using Hobby Lobby’s 40% off coupon on multiple trips.
My favorite holiday tip is to get outside and enjoy the snow! If it snows where you are…
THESE LOOK SO CRAZY AMAZING! Love chocolate and mint alll the time and how dense these are-mmm!!!
and I guess my tip is I just keep the holidays about fun, and don’t let them be stressful!
I’m sure lots more people will say this, but starting early! I’m so busy that the only thing I’ve been able to do is start looking for presents (thank god for online shopping), but every little bit counts!
My best tip is to remember that the holidays are about reconnecting with my family – that’s the most important thing to do.
Definitely getting a head start on all of my Christmas shopping! I’ve already started a list and ordered some stuff online. It makes things so much easier! Thanks for the giveaway :)
Do not wait until the last minute to do everything and do not be afraid to ask for help if you need it.
I make sure to buy my Xmas gifts through out the year instead of during the holidays.
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I make a lot of stuff ahead of time….cookies, breads, etc. and freeze them. I also try to get most of my shopping done ahead of time so there is no rushing.
my tip is to get all your shopping done early and have your mom help you cook!
Make a few types of cookie dough in advance and freeze them. Then you can bake them as needed.
Take everything as it comes and don’t stress about it. Also, prepping days in advanced for any baking helps too.
My tip is to dig into “mom network.” Take someone else’s kids for a few hours and let them reciprocate. Keeps kids busy and happy and frees me to do other things. Happy holidays, Averie!
One tip I can offer is keep it simple! Some of the best holiday cookies and treats are quick and easy. Don’t make things more complicated than they have to be. Hopefully I will follow my own advice!
Our family is small, so this works for me. For years I have kept notes about the holidays. I jot down what foods “worked” & didn’t. What conversation subjects “worked” & didn’t. What gifts “worked” & didn’t. It’s been a big help to go back over the notes before the holidays get here.
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My biggest tip is simple, start early. Start shopping in October. Make as much food ahead of time as you can. Make simple menus.
My tip is to say “no” more often. If I can slow down a bit then I am able to enjoy more of the holidays with my family. The things I say yes to are usually things we can do as a family :)
This may be an annoying one…but, starting early!
I put in for tons on free samples all year round to use as stocking stuffers
My favorite holiday tip is to put Mariah Carey’s “all I want for Christmas is you” on repeat because stress is the last thing on my mind when I’m belting that song out :)
friendsgiving! everything is much less stressful (and tastier!) when everyone just makes one or two things!
Your brownies look perfect, Averie! I made something similar last year with strawberry oreos and they were the best. Definitely need to try your fudgy mint version. I haven’t had brownies in ages!
My best holiday tips (no matter what the holiday) is to do any baking as much as a month ahead of time and freeze (already baked or ready to bake); include as many make-ahead (or partially prepared) appetizers as possible; make all the side dishes the day before, even if you don’t bake them until the day of your dinner. That way you can have time to spend with your guests!
Thanks for a chance at the giveaway!
My favourite holiday tips would have to be making lists and try do prepare as far in advance as possible.
I find that things will always come up, and you will always have less time than you expected.
By the way, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen mint oreos around! Perhaps I haven’t been paying enough attention at the grocery store!
I try to wrap holiday presents each time I shop. Once their done and labeled, it just makes me feel that I don’t have a giant chore waiting for me. Also, little groupings of presents scattered around makes the house look more festive.
i would have to say, shop early as you will forget something, prep as much as possible, let people help if they offer even with the cleanup, clean something every single day
My tip is to make everything possible ahead of time, have guests help if they want to and don’t expect perfection!
My holiday tip is to not plan so many activities that you stress yourself and your family out. It will just take the fun out of the holidays. Also, I like to make my cookies ahead of time and freeze them until I’m ready to give them out.
oh my sweet goodness these look delicious!! okay, my holiday tip is to try and make something personal for the people i care about. i buy my younger siblings actual ‘real’ presents because i know they’d feel jyped otherwise, but i make personal cards or something artistic too. :)
hi averie! i’m kim, i met you at the pillsbury bake off really quick. these look delicious!
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Although it can be difficult, my number one tip is to get enough sleep! Being well rested allows me to approach my busy day with an alert and much more upbeat outlook
Getting takeout the day or two before a big holiday! I think taking one meal out of the equation to plan is really helpful and then gives more time to prepare/bake/clean for the big day. Thanks for the giveaway!
mint and chocolate is so delicious when prepared the right way!
My holiday tip is to put on music in the background while you work. Music can really help reduce stress!
Delegating. I don’t need to do everything myself.
Get all my dessert baking and prep work for the meal done a day or two before Thanksgiving.
My holiday tips–make lists, make and freeze cookie dough ahead, get gift ideas from those on your Christmas list and shop early–and remember the reason we celebrate. Thank you!
My holiday tip is to have the Christmas tree faerie come and set up the tree when there are small kids in the house. The idea is that the parent(s) set up the tree and in the morning it is magically there. The child(ren) is/are amazed that a Christmas tree magically appears. If you are worried about losing family time you can leave a new Christmas book under the tree with some hot cocoa and marshmallows to read the night the tree is “discovered.”
plan ahead and start early!
Make lists!! Menu lists, grocery lists, gift lists, task lists.
It’s a huge help to be organized with lists!
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I plan things out and mark them on my calendar, weeks in advance.
My favorite holiday tip: Print out the recipes and cross off ingredients as you add them to the batter/dough, this way there’s little room for mistakes and it helps keep you organized. This is especially helpful if you’re making a double or triple recipe.
I love to start doubling meals in October/November so come the holiday season I have lots of meals/part meals in the freezer for busy nights.
Set the table and lay out serving things the night before.
Get your husband to do deep fried turkey in the yard. Then I am free to take care of everything else in the kitchen.
Menu plan and shop early unless you need organic items or fresh produce. It is easier to shop for items a week or two in advance. We all know how the stores are super crowed and not fun to be in.thanks for giveaway
start your holiday shopping early. this includes presents, decorations and pantry needs.
My tip is that I do most of my Christmas shopping online so that I do not have to go out with the crowds and troubled parking at the stores.
My holiday tip is to make sure the liquor cabinet is stocked. Especially depending on how many relatives come over. :-)
Love the brownies! And I love Pam baking spray.
oh my gosh Averie! Now these are Brookies! I love them and I love that they are mint, my favorite! These just look to die for!!
My favorite holiday tip is to make sure you check to make sure you have all the ingredients you need two or at least the day before you cook so you don’t have to run out in the middle of preparing your dish. Reduces time and stress.
My tip: drink wine. I’m not a lush or anything though I usually drink less than a glass of wine every other week or so. But during the holidays? I love drinking wine. So I drink as much as I want to. No stress here!
My tip is to make as many dishes before Thanksgiving so all you have to do is put them in the oven while the turkey rests.
I clean on Tuesday, and prep as much of the food as I can the day before. On Thanksgiving, I am heating up most of the food and making the rolls and gravy. My husband BBQs the turkey, which is really helpful and gives me plenty of room in the oven.
For Thanksgiving, as many do-ahead dishes as possible. And buy the pies. For Christmas, start baking and freezing cookies Thanksgiving weekend. And gift-buying early and online if possible.
I love to prep things ahead of time – cookie dough, unbaked scones, dinner rolls. The extra effort at the beginning keeps me stress-free at crunch time!
Be sure to plan ahead! That’s the best tip for anything.
Plan your holiday meal ahead of time!
okay, these look heavenly!!! my tip is to try my best to plan ahead and stock up. i make sure to buy extra ingredients that i know i will go through quickly! helps me feel like i have grasp on the madness!
My favorite tip is to make whatever I can ahead of time. I love to do a makeahead casserole for xmas day.
My favorite holiday tip – make the cookie dough ahead of time! Build up your stash and you’ll always have something to take to parties.
I prepare as much in advance as possible and freeze if possible.
My favorite tip is to prepare as many foods as you can before thanksgiving day and then simply bake them on Thanksgiving.
my holiday tip is to menu plan in advance.
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During the holidays I really try to avoid the mall. People can be really mean during the holiday season and I don’t need that kind of negativity ruining my Christmas spirit! If I need to go out, I go when I know the mall or shopping centers won’t be as busy.
My favorite holiday tip is more common sense than anything….don’t take on too much yourself! Ask for help and designate duties if needed! The holidays are supposed to be fun and enjoyed, not stressful due to worrying about get it all done for everyone!
I try to be stress free. Enjoy my time with family and friends. :) And the best tip is to enjoy lots of sweet stuff!
My favorite holiday tip – Take time to sit down and really savor the holiday atmosphere. Pay attention to the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes, and reflect on the reason for celebrating!
We keep it simple by only getting gifts for the kids and letting them pitch in with the dinner preparations.
Make anything that you can ahead of time! I love making big batches of cookie dough and freezing it so baking up my Christmas cookies isn’t quite as time-consuming on a single day.
Oh, I didn’t answer the question – I make sure to exercise daily. No matter what. Even if I have to sneak in 15 min here and there – that is my sanity. I would go bonkers without it!
Chocolate! Cookies! Brownies! MInt!!! I can’t stop the exclamation points!!!
I saw this post and I immediately remembered the last bars you posted with mint oreos. Even though I can’t eat them, the holidays would not be the holidays without those oreos! Or the mint m&ms.
Seriously. Mint and chocolate = heaven.
I always buy pie from Costco. It really helps and the pumpkin pies are so yummy!
thanks for the givewaway!
Shop way before the season starts.
Eat lots of dark chocolate – great taste and the endorphins keep you happy!
Cookie exchanges! They may seem like a lot of work, but if you can focus on making 1 type of cookie and have the others prepared for you it’s much simpler!
I love how bright and eye-popping you make your “greens’ in your photos!
My holiday tip is to host a cookie decorating party with friends with wine and appetizers!
Oh MY, those look amazing.
Oops hint the enter button too soon! My tip is to have a gift list budget and stick to it ( no matter what good deals pop up along the way ).
My girlfriends and I used to stress about buying each other gifts. Now we skip the gifts and all go out for a very nice dinner(with our husbands as our chauffeurs!)
I am both happy/mad at you for posting this. Happy because 1) I have never heard of brookies, so this is exciting. 2)Chocolate and mint together is my most fav. However, I am mad at you because I want the whole pan in one sitting and my waistline will not be pleased.
These looks amazing Averie!
My tip is to keep it simple. It is about the people and not the things. Getting together with friends and family and sharing some good food and memories is much more important than what will be under the tree.
I shop before Thanksgiving to avoid the crowds!
My tip is to keep a list. We buy for our nieces and nephews so I keep a list of things they want and their sizes.
Plan ahead for sure! And make large batches of goodies to give out to people.
My favorite holiday tip? Being single and living out of state saves a lot of responsibilities, so you can just show up and enjoy the company! Also, I usually take a day off work to decorate cookies; it’s completely relaxing to sit alone all day and take over the apartment with no where else to be! Also, these brookies remind me of my favorite DQ blizzard – minty oreo!
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Shop online, set limits, make handmade items avoid the stores if you can it’s not worth the stress and being exposed to a cold or flu.
Something that my family does is set present expectations beforehand – we usually set monetary limits, and this keeps us to buying meaningful presents for one another, and it also de-stresses the holiday and all the extra present spending that typically happens!
My tip is to do as much as you can ahead of time. It cuts down on stress and clean-up.
I shop online so I don’t have to deal with the traffic and stress.
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One of my favorite combos, mint and chocolate!! Thanks for the recipe!
Make lists and plan in advance. It is so helpful to have a plan for shopping or cooking so that you can stay organized and get everything done quickly, with less stress.
Don’t take on too much! It’s very easy to want to do it all, but it just means more stress!
My holiday tip is to write everything down, so you don’t forget anything!
Mint + chocolate is a happy marriage for sure! These look SO good, Averie!
My short cut is making cookies in advance and then freezing them, I also tend to do that with scones, fruit pies and pound cakes as well! I also admit sometimes when I am short on time to using ready made frosting.
My tip is to shop in small, local stores if you can, if not, order from Amazon. But avoid the craziness of the mall at all costs!
My tip is to plan and cook ahead to save time
I love the bright green in these – such a fun bar!
Blast the holiday music and get something smelling good in the kitchen while you clean!
My mom taught me mine… Always remember the reason for the season. This could have a lot of meanings for different people but for us it is about focusing on Christ and being with loved ones!
Tip – choose an easy recipe that the kids can help you out with so everyone has a good and fun time.
Holiday tip: keep the holiday music playing and the adult beverages flowing (for the adults only, of course)!
Holiday tip: try and prepare as much food in advance as you can before the big day of cooking!
for buying gifts, Get the target debit card and order online, everything ships free! it has been a life saver for me. I am 7 months pregnant and have a 3 year old toddler, so avoiding the stores so much less stressful.
My best tip is to make cookies…it calms me down :)
My tip is to bake with friend sand family, it always creates memories.
Great idea for my cookie exchange this year!!!!!!
These look fabulous, Averie! I love how dense and fudgey they look. (Btw don’t include me in the giveaway- CDN Resident :) )
My holiday tip is to pandora seasonal music to keep the party livel :)
My holiday tip is to pandora seasonal music to keep the party lively. :)
I will keep this recipe close to my heart! My family is not a big fan of Chocolate Mint but I LOVE it!!!! I will indulge in these sometime when I am homme alone, and try not to eat the whole pan!
Keep your wine glass full, and cook or prep everything you can in advance so it just needs to be popped into the oven as guests arrive.
Start your holiday cooking 2 days in advance. Don’t wait until the morning of the big meal and then be too busy or stressed to enjoy the day.
I try to focus on the happiness of seeing family and friends, rather than thinking about all the work involved!
Always have plenty of loaded egg nog and fresh nutmeg on hand.
Get my Christmas shopping done by December 1st. It makes a HUGE difference on stress levels during the holidays. I actually bake more and enjoy the festivities more.
As lame as this may sound just taking a deep breath when I’m stressing out helps a lot. I also try to exercise as much as possible to keep not only my body but my mind in shape too.
Planning ahead and shopping early!
Try to prepare as much as possible ahead of time. It cuts down on the last minute stress
A brookie, what a creative idea and just your style! I have a brownie in my lunch today but I think I would prefer one of these :)
My holiday tip is to wrap your presents as you buy them so you’re not stressing on Christmas eve to get it done.
I try to plan out what I’m going to make at least a month in advance and then start prepping food about a week before the holiday
finalize your menu waaay in advance :)
Do your shopping early to avoid the stress and crowds!
I do all my shopping online. i dont have to deal with pushy people or crowds and can shop around with ease to find the best deal.
My favorite holiday tip, si to order things online! I have Amazon Prime, and I can ship presents to any address for free (it’s a once a year flat rate). This saves me time by not having to go to the mall, wrap, and then the post office!
I start to make any Christmas cookies I can freeze early in Dec. and then pull them all out to give tins away at various gatherings. I always freeze a ton of sugar cookies and then spend one day decorating with the kids, makes it a lot easier when you don’t have to wait for cookie dough to chill, bake, and cool!
I love to bake and have learned not to try too many new recipes around the holidays, maybe just one or two!
I actually don’t have any tips, as I have a huge procrastination problem! I’m trying to get started earlier this year regarding present purchasing, so we’ll see how it goes!
Planning ahead, making lists, asking for help.
I try to get/make gifts all year long – sometimes you see just the *right* thing & if you don’t get it now, it won’t be there later! Happy Holidays!
My favorite holiday tip is to plan a head, make lists and ask for help!
I purchase gift through the year as I see them on sale and put them in a little closet that we call the gift closet. (it also holds some everyday household items that we need too). I also knit items through the year. I bake and then freeze items as I can and there fore have items at the ready for when I need them.
My family is all about making dishes in advance! For Thanksgiving, potatoes and stuffing are made the night before, and every family member brings a dessert, which helps take the pressure off the host and diversifies the offerings! For Christmas, we make a egg casserole the night before so all we have to do in the morning is slice some fresh fruit and cook bacon.
bake bake and more bake to stave off the stress!
I like to spend a day or two dedicated to baking a bunch of cookies, quickbreads, and breakfast items (waffles/swirl bread/pancakes) and then freeze them. That way throughout the holiday season I always have some sort of goodie on hand ready to thaw and eat!
Favorite holiday sanitytip? Order all presents via Amazon Prime… ship direct, gift wrap option… best prices, trackable delivery… zero stress!
I try to keep on a real food diet at the holiday (eating sweets to only after I’ve ate a real meal and then only something I really rich and special) and making sure I take time to take care of myself. If I can stay healthy and well rested, it makes the holidays so much smoother.
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My tip to reduce stress is put the focus more on spending time with family instead of wasting your energy worrying about gifts! What we all remember and cherish most is the time spent with each other – the wonderfully delicious food we enjoy together sitting around the dinner table sharing stories, laughing, playing games, drinking wine, etc. The holidays have become so commercial – it’s nice to just sit back and relax and enjoy ourselves rather than scrambling at the mall and shelling out cash.
We always travel for the holidays and pack all of our gifts in big plastic bins organized by destination. Since we have little ones, the bins are always filled to the brim on our return trip, too.
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holiday tip: if cooking, do all you can before hand to save on stress and the day being hectic. Get help from others in the house as well.
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My holiday tip is to start saving early—put away X amount of money each month for gifts and then only use what you have saved up for gifts. You won’t go into debt for your gifts and you’ll go into the new year in a better financial position because of it!
My tip is to keep the Christmas season simple by not exchanging gifts with everyone, just give gifts to the kids. Sometimes we do a grab bag for the adults.
I try not to travel anywhere right at Christmas. It makes for less stressful driving, lower hotel rates, etc. Driving the 700+ miles to see my family in Michigan is also a lot nicer in any other season but winter, so we’ve moved our “Christmas” to an easier time for everyone.
Put cookie dough in the freezer so you can use it later when you need a quick treat. Or, when you have time, make big batches and put the extra in the freezer.
I bake all kinds of cookies for Christmas so I like to make some cookie dough ahead of time & refrigerate for later :)
Brookies are one of my favorite desserts, and mint Oreos are my favorite Oreo….you nailed it with this one Averie.
I have a son who devours mint Oreos this time of year. He will love these!
I always start shopping early so getting presents won’t be as stressful. Plus, I write down gift ideas in my phone whenever I think of them during the year or when a person mentions they wish they had something. Then you already have a shopping list!
When it comes to reducing holiday stress, all I can say is EDIT! Do you really need 10 sides for dinner (when normally you’d have maybe 2 sides at dinner)? When you think about previous holidays, what comes to mind? Only make the few sides that come to mind right away. If the others are an afterthought, then nobody is going to complain for years to come that “Aunt Bessie’s roasted whatnots topped with candy this and that” wasn’t on the table.
We always prep our food the day or two before since we both work all week. Then I make the dessert the day before (always) and then on Thanksgiving we just have to actually cook all of our food that’s already prepped. Easy peasy.
I looove Oreo brownies! Yours look so gorgeous with that minty green color. This reminds me that I haven’t made Oreo brownies in awhile and that I should VERY soon!
I like making lots of cookie dough on a free day and then freezing them to eat later! I can make as much as I want with no prep time.
I just love the pop of green from the mint cookies in all that chocolate. These look awesome!!!! And you were right, so much like the ones I posted but different. Great minds think alike :-)
In addition to Christmas, we celebrate 4 birthdays and our wedding anniversary in December. I try to reduce stress by doing as much in advance as possible. If I have to freeze cookie dough or entire cheesecakes, so be it. Shop early, bake early, just get it done so I can enjoy ALL the holidays.
My favorite tip is to invite family to help :) The holidays are about spending time together!
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Holiday tip: enjoy it! Don’t over commit yourself. Have one night with just you and your spouse or loved ones. Pop in a movie, order pizza and just spend time with the family. I feel like the holidays are always filled with parties and get togethers, which are fabulous, but you need to also have that special time with the family. And a bottle of wine doesn’t hurt either! :)
Oh my goodness… oreo, mint, AND brownies?! I die!
My best tip is to use a spreadsheet! At least that’s what gets me through the holidays. I can’t keep anything straight without it!
These are GORGEOUS! And I totallllllly agree about the 1/2 tsp peppermint extract thing! You are so smart to reiterate that! Anyway– love this recipe. Easy, gorgeous, and looks delicious! I just bought a pack of mint Oreos, and methinks I have brookies in my future!
Stay active during the holidays, but take some down time to distress as well.
I make a list right after the current holiday and shop as I see sales. No lines for me!
My tip is to start shopping early and make use of coupons so you don’t ruin your budget.
even though i hate seeing christmas commercials so early it’s kind of a blessing in disguise. i’ve been planning my cooking way sooner than normal, and i’m pretty much good to go! always be ready!
prep in advance! use your freezer, slow cooker, and put as many things in the oven to bake at once.
My tip is to use the crock pot for as many dishes as possible. I have several crock pots and they free up the oven and stove top. Also you can serve directly from them and the food stays warm.
These look SO good! I’m a huge mint-chocolate anything fan, going to pin this right now :)
I also love that oil/flour spray! So helpful and saves so much time.
Brookies, what a great name. I have never seen mint Oreo’s here but guess I could use something else. These look great, another minty treat for Minty!
Make my mother bake ;)
Those look so good! I love the combination of mint and chocolate!
My Tip- Always take time to slow down and enjoy the Holidays, even if it puts you a little behind schedule. You won’t regret it!
I’m obsessed with my Silpat and am asking for a second one for Christmas! It’s the best for easier clean-up!
I like to make things ahead of time like this Triple Chocolate Mocha Pudding for dessert: http://sallycooks.com/2013/11/18/triple-chocolate-mocha-pudding/ It keeps for up to 3 days and is delicious!
I usually bake ahead and freeze some goodies. It’s so much less overwhelming when it is spread out over a few weeks!
use the slow cooker for sides while you make everything that absolutely needs to go in the oven and make sure to preplan you cooking
My favorite holiday tip is to make things ahead of time instead of all on the holiday itself. So helpful! And these bars look great and do festive!
My tip – keep a running list of whom you received presents (and what the presents are!) or greetings from. This makes thank you card writing much easier, especially if you have little ones!
I keep detailed daily and weekly checklists in my planner. It helps me stay ahead and get things done!
I like to make a huge list and then I shop the really good sales that they have a week before the holiday! I also prep up two nights before!
My best holiday tip is to relax and actually enjoy the holidays! It’s so easy to get caught up in needing everything to be perfect (and the stresses of entertaining!) that often the real value f the holidays is lost – spending time with loved ones!
i plan out times to work out!
I finally bought into the start holiday baking early and then freeze aspect of things, cause my goodness, it certainly saves time and last minute running around!
My holiday tip is: do your shopping early! Don’t leave it until the last minute rush to buy your turkey or Christmas gifts- you’ll be stressed and won’t get as good of a selection.
I plan out my workouts for the week – I feel like if I can stay on track with fitness, I can have a treat or two without totally going overboard. I also try and look for lighter recipes of my favorite holiday dishes so I don’t feel too bad!
Prepping ahead and making a list/timeline for day-of cooking and baking.
going to a restaurant for the holiday meal!
I’m all about allowing for shortcuts – so instead of buying a whole butternut squash that I’ll need to peel, cut and dice, I’ll buy the pre-packaged butternut. It’s just as good and saves me a bit of the hassle and time.
I make overnight breakfast casseroles to save time Christmas morning
I like to plan way ahead and keep detailed to-do lists.
List everything! I have a list of all my lists which I have already started. From what needs cleaned to what’s on the menu Christmas day.
My favorite tip is to use parchment paper to remove brownies/ bars. I spray the parchment paper as well, but this way, there is almost zero pan-cleaning that has to be done :)
I tweeted: https://twitter.com/WhatMickyEats/status/403136964531990528
Don’t over indulge at parties. All the sweets and cocktails can quickly add up and leave you feeling yucky. Eat a light snack like fruit and cheese before a party to help fill you up.
Make room for exercise :)
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