What Is Batch Baking?
Batch baking will save you a lot of time and effort during the holidays especially if you are giving gifts from your kitchen. Gifts from the kitchen have always been popular and for good reason. Nothing is better than homemade! Am I right.
Batch baking means you literally bake a batch of this or a batch of that. The reference, ‘making a batch of cookies’ means you are making generally one recipe at a time. However, our reference to Batch Baking means, we are going to divide up all of our holiday baking into several days and make one thing today, another tomorrow and yet another the next day. We are going to talk about how to make multiple batches of various baked goods over a period of a few days for the purpose of saving time.
This information is part of our series on Holiday Baking and Cooking. Also see:
Plan What To Bake
Plan exactly what you intend to bake for the entire holiday season. You can also bake in batches for your own family any time of the year and that is a smart thing to do as a time saver.
Begin by making a list of the different recipes you plan to make. Grab our free printable Baking Planner below.
- Candy–not really baked but it is part of our holiday cooking
We tend to bake some of the same things each year based on family requests of favorite recipes. If you want to try a new recipe, I recommend you do a trial ahead of time.
A few of our most requested holiday dessert recipes:
My personal favorite and always disappearing fast are these Pecan Snowdrop Cookies my hubby has been making for many years.
Old Fashioned Tea Cake Christmas Cookies are simply the best. These little sugar cookies are must haves for the holiday season.
This recipe for Christmas Magic Cookie Bars is another one that stands the test of time.
A Christmas Cookie Exchange winning recipe again and again is my daughter’s recipe for Brown Sugar Cookies. Oh, how I love these!
Schedule Your Baking Days
No one knows your schedule like you do. Take a few minutes to jot down which days you are available for lots of baking. If it’s three days, only choose three categories such as; cookies, candy and bread.
You will be able to maximize your kitchen space by sticking to one type of dessert to bake in one day. Most of those recipes will use similar ingredients which will already be out. Grab the free printable calendar below.
Choose Your Recipes
Choose recipes which make more than one flavor if possible. For example our Homemade Yeast Rolls recipe can be shaped as Crescent Rolls. These can be frozen and baked later. You can also use this same recipe to make Cinnamon Rolls with a few minor changes. I would love to receive a big pan of homemade cinnamon rolls as a gift from the kitchen.
Sugar cookies can be rolled and sliced in rounds then dusted with sugar or they can be rolled out flat and cut with fun cookie cutters then decorated with icing. Cookie dough can also be frozen and used for up to three months.
Freezer Safe Recipes for Baking
Some baked goods can be frozen for between 3 and 6 months. What a huge time saver to make ahead when you have lots of baking to do. Choose recipes you can freeze and make later. See How To Freeze and Thaw Baked Goods for ideas.
Prepare the Kitchen for Batch Baking
The day before you begin each batch baking session, clean the kitchen well. Then set out the non-perishable supplies, measuring cups, large bowls and mixer with attachments. I like to be sure the dishwasher is empty also which makes clean up easier afterwards.
Organize The Kitchen In Stations
If you will be rolling out dough for pie’s or bread, create a space on the counter where you can keep doing that task. One of my favorite kitchen tools for rolling out dough is these disposable counter covers. They make clean up much easier.
Use one space to line up all of your seasonings and extracts for quickly grabbing what you need. Set out measuring spoons and cups for quick reach.
Clean As You Go
One of the first things I do when cooking, no matter if it’s batch baking or cooking dinner, is to run hot dishwater in the sink. I like to clean as I go so the task is nearly complete when the last thing is cooling for the day.
All Day Batch Baking
All day batch baking is not for the faint of heart. You will want to strategically plan this day based on the steps in each recipe.
If you will be baking cookies, some cookie dough has to be refrigerated for hours. While baking bread, the dough has to rise for quite a while. Keep these times in mind while planning your baking day. You should plan to make a batch of something on your list while the bread dough is rising or the cookie dough is chilling.
If something takes a long time in the oven like our Sour Cream Pound Cake, plan to work on another recipe while that one is baking.
On cookie baking day, you can make the refrigerator cookies first and then make the drop cookies while the other dough is in chilling.
Consider Oven Space and Temperature
Although it may be tempting, don’t put too many things in the oven at one time. This can cause the temperature not to bake evenly. Plus most ovens stay hot after prolonged use which means it can take less time for later batches to cook than the earlier batches.
My oven always cooks the later batches of cookies a minute or two quicker than the first couple of batches.
Another factor with the oven is that some things cook at higher temperatures which means, don’t bake those on the same day as those recipes which cook at a low temperature or plan to cook the lower temp items first before turning up the oven for later recipes.
Baking in batches is a great way to plan ahead for the holidays so you can give those gifts from the kitchen and share favorite desserts for those holiday parties.
Create a plan
Choose your Recipes
Write down your baking schedule
Prepare and organize the kitchen
Bake and then enjoy resting afterwards!
Grab your apron and cover your hair and let’s get baking!