Create Your Own Bakery Items And Save This Holiday Season
Baking and decorating quality looking treats is a lot easier than you may think, and will save you a lot of money.
The holidays are coming fast this year. Halloween is in a few weeks. Thanksgiving and the December holidays will be here quick after that. We are beginning the season of very busy schedules and a lot of extra spending. Cutting back on expenses without cutting back sounds difficult but here is one way that you can do it and have some great family time as well.
The local grocery store bakeries use to always get me with those cute holiday decorated cookies. I love having decorated cupcakes and cookies for gatherings and to bring to friends houses. The kids think they are the best. It was not until my daughter took a class on cookie decorating and cake pops that I realized that making your own baked treats are so much cheaper, taste so much better and can be just as cute. The big surprise was that they do not take as long as I thought they would and are actually pretty easy to do.
If time is the reason you have not wanted to make your own cookies, use this recipe. It only takes about 20 minutes total to make the dough and roll it. It freezes well and you can pull it out anytime you want some shaped cookies and you will have great cookies in about 10 minutes. Sprinkle with sugar and go or let them cool and frost. Either way, designer cookies at a fraction of the cost are in your hands. Busy moms can make it family time by letting the kids help. They love to stamp out the cookies and mix ingredients.
Michaels has a huge section of cake and cookie decorations. Cookie cutters and cupcake tops and cups can make your treats look professional and you can reuse the supplies. A set of 101 cookie cutters is around $15 before any coupons are used. They have a wide variety of colors, frosting, sprinkles and idea books to get your creativity going. They even offer classes to help you learn if you want someone to show you step by step in person. They have books and supplies on making cake pops and all of the decorating supplies needed in one stop. Here is a 50 percent off of any one item coupon that is good through Monday.
Party City has cookie cutters and cupcake cup papers in the character designs that the kids love. They have shaped sprinkles and even stencils to place on top of the cookies and cupcakes that will add a design with sugar.
William Sonoma has some more unique and high quality items for baking. Personally, I think their baking pans are the best and produce the best results and are worth the extra upfront cost. They have sprinkles and decorations in Star Wars and Cars 2 as well as the classic designs and holiday themed items. Walk all around the store when you go in and keep your eyes open for baskets with random items. They often have their food items on clearance and this is a great time to pick up food decorating supplies. The shop also has a cookie press and many stencils for easy decorating.
Home Goods is a great place to get high end items at a fraction of the price of the high end stores. They had the same exact Wilton brand cookie cutters that I bought elsewhere for half of the price. Since the shop is so centrally located on North Point Parkway, I suggest you taking a look inside here before you pay full price elsewhere. This is especially true if you do not have coupons to use at the other stores.
Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts also carries baking items. Idea books, cutters and the food products are also sold here. They offer classes in a variety of decorating styles. Here is a 20 percent off of your purchase coupon that does not expire until Oct. 26.
Bed, Bath and Beyond, Target and Walmart all carry bake ware. If you are shopping at one of these stores, you may find better results with the Wilton brands or the brands with names you recognize. While you may be able to get a baking sheet for just a few dollars, your finished baked item may come out better if you splurge just a bit more for a higher quality item that bakes evenly. Bed, Bath and Beyond regularly has coupons in the newspaper and will mail you some as well if you sign up on their website. Once you have a coupon, hold on to it. They will take expired coupons and they often will take as many coupons as you have items without separating transactions.
If you want to see how easy these treats are without spending a dime on a class, utilize the web. Utube has step by step instructions on just about anything you would like to learn to do. Check out websites and blogs quickly just by typing in exactly what you are searching for in the search bar. Bakers do not even need to buy recipe or instruction books anymore. Just bring the laptop into the kitchen and get step by step instructions.
Making your own holiday and seasonal treats is much less painful than many think. You may surprise yourself and see that you actually enjoy it. Watch for sales, coupons and discounts on supplies that you can reuse from year to year. The upfront cost of supplies is still probably cheaper than a regular treat buyer in the bakery.