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Eggnog Toffee Twix Popcorn Cookie Bars — Holiday Tips from PAM & a VISA Giveaway!

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When I first started learning how to cook, everyone was touting “nonstick” cookware. Nonstick skillets, pans, pots, utensils… you name it, it supposedly wouldn’t stick to anything. So I bought some nonstick cook-and-bakeware and got in the kitchen. I decided for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday that I’d make some cookies, cake, and the stuffing, as I am usually responsible for all the carbilicious goodies on the table.  I scoured my cookbooks and the interwebs for the perfect recipes, bought my ingredients, and spent an afternoon leisurely baking away. Of course, since all this “nonstick” business was the buzz, I didn’t even think to grease anything — if it’s touted as nonstick, why would I? Once everything was made, it looked beautiful.  The cake was frosted beautifully in the pan, my cookies looked crisp, and the stuffing was perfecto.  But when I went to slice the cake, the entire thing crumbled before my eyes.  Trying to spoon out servings of stuffing was like trying to jackhammer concrete.  And those cookies?  Yeah, I spent the remainder of the night chiseling the damn things off the cookie sheet.  Thankfully, my family and I have repressed this tragic incident until now. DSC_0586AWith the holidays in full swing, that means time isn’t always on your side.  Between being stuck in rush-hour traffic to scoring last-minute, late-night deals at the mall, to baking up a storm for coworkers, neighbors, family and friends, you don’t necessarily have all the time in the world to deal with the aftermath of a cooking success.  I don’t know about you, but the last thing I want to do after Christmas dinner is spend all night scrubbing my arm off trying to get the gravy remnants out of the boat.  Aaaaand since my kitchen is notorious for cooking up some super sticky, chewy, gooey & messssssy creations, easy clean up is a must. My holiday ally in the kitchen is always PAM Cooking Spray.  PAM is a simple, smart way to shave off time spent in the kitchen and slaving over dirty dishes by making prepwork and cleanup a breeze.  And it ensures your dishes turn out the first time, so you won’t be baking the same cake 4,598,649 times because your “nonstick” cake pans can’t seem to get it together on the whole nonstick business. Here are some facts about the awesomeness of PAM for you… *The Original, Baking and Butter formulas have zero calories per serving (woohoo!) *PAM Cooking Spray leaves up to 99% less residue buildup than bargain brands or margarine *Superior, nonstick result guarantees your dishes are made right the first time *And PAM has SEVEN specially-formulated nonstick cooking sprays to help make your kitchen adventures a rousing success So whether you’re trying to save money (aren’t we all?), trying to save time (yes please!), or just trying to impress your family with your amazing sheet cakes (guilty), you’ll want to pick up a couple cans of PAM for all of your holiday baking endeavors!  Especialllllyy if your baking endeavors include something unrelentingly sticky & gooey like these Eggnog Toffee Twix Popcorn Cookie Bars. DSC_0658ALoaded with chocolate chip cookies in a buttery cookie base, then topped with sticky, fluffy marshmallow cream and a layer of creamy, spicy eggnog-flavored popcorn studded with bits of toffee & Twix, this popcorn is the posterchild of a messy dish made EASY with PAM!  PAM Cooking Spray single-handedly makes this dish a success from start to finish, from spraying down the foil lining the pan for easy clean up, to spritzing the off-set spatula to spread on the marshmallow fluff, to prepping the knife before cutting into squares. And that, my friends, is something we’re all thankful for! DSC_0653A

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Eggnog Toffee Twix Popcorn Cookie Bars — Holiday Tips from PAM!
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Recipe type: Bars
Serves: 12
 
Delicious chocolate chip cookie bars topped with fluffy, sticky marshmallow cream and a decadent, rum-and-cinnamon-spiced eggnog popcorn that’s studded with Twix & toffee. Brought to you by The Domestic Rebel & PAM Cooking Spray to make your holidays easier!
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough
  • 1 (7 oz) jar marshmallow cream
  • 3 cups air-popped popcorn (either plain or lightly salted)
  • ½ pkg vanilla Candiquik or almond bark
  • ¼ tsp rum extract
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • About 6-8 miniature Twix bars, chopped
  • About ½ cup toffee bits
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8×8″ baking pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Mist the foil with PAM Cooking Spray for easy cleanup; set aside.
  2. Press the cookie dough evenly into the bottom of the greased pan. I usually break off a little cookie dough at a time, flatten it in my palms, and press it together like a puzzle to make it easier. Bake the cookie dough layer for approx. 12-15 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool for 30 minutes.
  3. Once cookie bar layer has mostly cooled, open up the marshmallow cream. Using a greased offset spatula (just spritz the tool with some PAM), spread gobs of the marshmallow cream on top of the cookie in an even layer. Set aside.
  4. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, melt the Candiquik until smooth. Quickly stir in the rum extract, pinch of nutmeg and the cinnamon to combine. Add the popcorn, Twix and toffee bits and gently toss the mixture together to coat thoroughly.
  5. Spread the popcorn mixture tall & evenly on top of the marshmallow layer. Pack it in, if possible, by using greased hands or your greased offset spatula. Allow the bars to set, about an hour at room temperature. Before cutting into squares, spritz a sharp knife with PAM to make cutting easier. Serve immediately.

DSC_0661ALast year, my Eggnog Toffee Twix Popcorn was a HUGE hit with family & friends. This year, I decided to take a clear favorite and use it as an unconventional, sweet & salty topping for some gooey cookie bars!  Feel free to experiment using different flavors of candy in place of the Twix (Milky Ways would be yummy!) or a different flavor cookie dough as a base. DSC_0662AWant some more smart holiday tips from PAM?  Here are some of my favorite (simple!) ways to save time using PAM Cooking Spray: *Spray your hands to easily pack down sticky ingredients like the popcorn in these bars, or Rice Krispies. *When rolling really sticky cookie dough, mist your hands with PAM to make rolling into even-sized balls a breeze. *Have a yummy dish (like a super cheesy casserole or a frosted cake) and don’t want all that gooey cheese or sugary frosting to stick to foil on top?  Lightly spray the top sheet of foil with cooking spray, and cover the dish spray-side down to prevent any toppings from sticking to the foil.  Gooey cheese stays on your casserole, and sugary frosting stays on your cake! *One of my favorite low-fat snacks is making chicken taquitos at home.  Instead of deep frying, I bake my taquitos in the oven.  Before they bake, I spritz the tortilla with PAM cooking spray to help crisp them up as they bake without all the fat! Now how would YOU like to have a mess-free holiday?  PAM is looking to give a lucky reader a $100 VISA gift card!  Just answer the following question by leaving a comment: What’s YOUR favorite holiday smart cut?  Answer below!  A winner will be drawn randomly by BlogHer Sweeps and be notified via email at the conclusion of the sweepstakes. May your kitchen successes make successful cleanups with PAM!  PAM on, friends! Have a delicious day, xo, Hayley   Sweepstakes Rules:

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  1. Hayley, these look outrageous! I’ve been known to spray my hands with Pam for sticky jobs, but I also spray measuring spoons or sups for measuring out honey or maple syrup, or even sometimes peanut butter.

    • spraying the utensils when dealing with sticky substances is a great tip…..never thought doing that before

      Thanks!

  2. Dude, there’s popcorn and twix on your cookie bars. I love you.
    My favorite shortcut is to make lots and lots of friends so I get lots of yummy cookie trays over the holidays. Wait, that’s my job. My REAL shortcut is to use the rolled cookie dough in recipes and “jazz” it up!

  3. My favorite holiday smart cut is using parchment paper to line all of my baking pans. I don’t even need to grease them!

  4. I spray everything, the pan, my spatula, the bottom of a cup (for pressing) may hands, anything! Love Pam. Love these over the top, gooey bars too!

  5. I make batches of my favorite cookie doughs and then freeze them until I need them. It makes the baking easier.

  6. I try to bake ahead of time and freeze cookies, etc. It helps to spread out the work over a few weeks!

  7. Get as much help as you can, set the table the day before, and make as much as possible beforehand so you don’t have to do so much at the last minute.

  8. Whoa – there is so much awesomeness in these bars!!

    I’m addicted to cooking sprays! I always spray the inside of my measuring cups when measuring sticky ingredients like peanut butter or honey. Makes it much easier!

  9. prep as much as possible on sundays–hardboil eggs, make a grain, a protein, roast veg, a soup. then freeze some and put some in the fridge for the week

  10. I try to do whatever I can ahead of time.

  11. Overnight casseroles and cinnamon rolls make Christmas morning so much easier

  12. Do not try to do everything at once or at the last minute. Also, if you need help… ASK!

  13. Thanks for the giveaway, I like using Pam!

  14. Lisa Brown says:

    prep and cook all you can ahead of time to prevent stress and to make the day a pleasant one, that’s always a “smart” way to prepare for the holiday.

  15. Lisa Brown says:

    my tweet – https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/403198845120552960
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  16. 1-yum!!!!
    2-I always spray everything! That’s my holiday smart cut too ;D

  17. i have my family help send out cards and dont leave anything for the last minute.

  18. I prepare everything beforehand, especially pie crusts!

  19. Pre-made pie crust! :)

  20. I like to save time by planning and cooking ahead

  21. My favorite holiday smart cut is to have everyone bring their favorite dish or dessert, to make it easier for hostess and to have more variety.

  22. My short cut is making cookies in advance and then freezing them. I also tend to do that with scones as well and pound cakes! I also admit sometimes when I am short on time to using ready made frosting.

  23. Um, OMG. I would NOT stop shoveling this in. Like, it would be a problem!

  24. I shop online to avoid the traffic and stress.

  25. I shop before Thanksgiving to avoid the crowds!

  26. I do a lot of prepping beforehand and freeze desserts.

  27. tweet–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/403326886861746176

  28. Pam is a must for anything marshmallow- I like to use it while rolling out fondant.

  29. I bake ahead (cookies, etc.) and freeze. This way you are prepared for any drop in that you are expecting.

  30. My favorite tip is to make whatever I can ahead of time. I love to do a makeahead casserole for xmas day.

  31. this eggnog toffee twix popcorn cookie bar sounds and looks delicious

  32. June Lisle says:

    My shortcut is to have everyone bring a dish.

  33. Gina Guthrie says:

    I prep as much as I can before any big parties we have. It’s a huge timesaver.

  34. Recruit lots of friends and family to help! If they want to eat, they have to help, right? ;)

  35. courtney b says:

    i get my mom to come over and help me, and i keep things very simple. I try not to rush too, thats when things get burned!

  36. courtney b says:
  37. i start cooking the night before

  38. I always love to make sure and have a veggie tray ready at Thanksgiving to snack on while waiting for the food

  39. I make a lot of breads (pumpkin and eggnog are two of the most requested). I then freeze them and when I need to bring something I have it on the ready. I also shop for items as gifts through the year and put them in a closet.

  40. Love that you combined Twix bars with eggnog! My favorite holiday shortcut is to make as much ahead of time as possible and freeze it so I can be more relaxed the week leading up to the big day!

  41. Oh my word these bars are rockin! Love them! What I try to do during the holidays is just really plan ahead of time, write a time line and stick to it!

  42. Don’t wait til the last minute!! I need to take my own advice haha Thanks for doing my guest post!! I popped online to check and it was a huge hit!! Talk to you when I get back this weekend! :) :)

  43. amy pugmire says:

    I cook early and freeze dough for cinnamon rolls and cookies that I deliver to my neighbors. :)

  44. amy pugmire says:
  45. For me my smart cut is with homemade croissants, is to make the dough a day before Thanksgiving. Also To pep, everything that I can the day before it too.

  46. can we say AMAZING?!

  47. Love the idea of spraying your hands for sticky jobs! I like to make lists of everything I need to do and prioritize so I can check things off as I go.

  48. anything I can prepare ahead of time, I do!

  49. Sandy Headtke says:

    I keep rolled cookie dough in the freezer. When guest come over I slice and bake. They think I made fresh cookies just for them.

  50. Pauline Gudas says:

    My favorite holiday shortcut is to have a list of what I want to make. Then I start setup for getting things done early. I make and freeze my cookie dough so all I have left is baking them.

  51. Cook ahead and freeze.

  52. When I bake brownie or bars, I let it cool for 15 min & then run a plastic knife around the edges. It makes it a lot easier to get out of the pan once it has cooled completely.

  53. Ask everyone to contribute to holiday dinners. This ensures one person doesn’t get stuck in the kitchen all day.

  54. These bars look KILLER Haley!! My favorite trick is instead of buttering all those dishes of fudge- just spray some Pam and you’re good to go :)

  55. I don’t bother buying expensive “non-stick” foil I use regular foil sprayed with pam for my jelly roll cakes!

  56. Susan Smith says:

    I make batches of sugar cookie dough and then freeze them until I need them. This saves me time during the busy holidays.

  57. Susan Smith says:
  58. I make stock and cookie dough in a large quantity and freeze it in plastic bags.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  59. -https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/404477115602436096

  60. Michelle C says:

    My best tip is to be super organized. I make lists for everything!

  61. Michelle C says:

    http://twitter.com/MrsMChappell/status/404655311623303169
    Tweet
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  62. Amanda Hoffman says:

    pumpkin pie in a can

  63. Order in pizza and relax one night. Enjoy just being with your family!

  64. I make lists of everything I need to do, everywhere I need to go, and everything I need to buy. All on one sheet of paper. This way everything I have to accomplish is in one place, at a glance. Also, lists of what to buy keep me from overspending or forgetting something. With five kids, we do everything we can to keep things organized.

    I spray pam on my hands if I have to work with sticky stuff like rice krispie treats, too!

  65. My favorite holiday smart cut is to gather friends with a Cookie Exchange. Each person brings 4 dozen of their “special” cookie and we each take a certain amount. We chat, drink a favorite treat and go,home with a terrific selection of cookies to share over the holidays!

  66. I spray Pam on wax paper and lay that on top of a bowl of dough that’s rising. Then it won’t stick if it rises up to the paper.

  67. Gosh those look good! My favorite ‘shortcut’ if you can call it that is to bake anything and everything that I can the day beforehand!

    [the rate the recipe thing isn't working, but I would give you 5 stars!]

  68. I posted a tweet too : https://twitter.com/AnnaZed/status/408018650746994690

    [and now the star thing works!]

  69. This might be the most amazing recipe ever. I’m addicted to Pam for coating all my loaf tins when I make pumpkin bread!!

  70. courtney b says:

    make your husband help OR your kids… or anyone around you. and start early!

  71. nannypanpan says:

    my tip is to line your cookie sheets with tin foil or parchment paper to make clean up easy when making your Christmas cookies
    nannypanpan@gmail.com

  72. 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!

    chambanachik at gmail dot com

  73. oh….your Eggnog Toffee Twix Popcorn Cookie Bars look awesome. I want some right now. My holiday smart cut is that I spray my hands with PAM before kneading my dough, such as dinner roll bread dough or cinnamon buns. It’s a great feeling when nothing sticky sticks to my hands! ;)

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  74. My shortcut is to have my children in the kitchen with me, we love baking together and making wonderful memories to cherish. We use Pam for our poundcakes, cookies and bars.

  75. Christine S says:

    Parchment paper and Pam!!!! Makes cutting brownies and bars so much easier!

  76. I try to make my “LIST” if not I am going around in circles. I try to make sure that I can do as much ahead of time as possible and I am a huge internet shopper. I am physically unable to shop the normal way so this helps a lot. Shop as early as possible and BAKE!! Everyone loves baked goods, they are so personal. It is hard to beat in my family. I cannot live without Pam, it is a must at my house. I don’t care what non-stick you have it still needs a spray of Pam. Hands included unless you want more on your hands than on the sheet. I love this recipe!
    https://twitter.com/stardust4300/status/411669018165006337 I tweeted for an entry.

  77. Wild Orchid says:

    tweet–https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/411672163117064192

  78. Wild Orchid says:

    I love doing as much prep in advance, such as chopping veggies ahead of time in bulk.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  79. I can’t decide which part of this I like most!!! This is like the holy grail of cookie bars!

  80. Christina Tong says:

    I love PAM, I use it on everything. I spray my hands for kneading bread dough, spray Pam for cooking so you don’t over use the cooking oil, spray on baking pans, also my smart cut is to spray on the turkey before baking that I cooked for my Thanksgiving dinner, the turkey came out beautiful.

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Christina, spritzing the turkey with PAM sounds like a great idea! Thanks for sharing your tip — I will try this for Christmas!

  81. We do use Pam- even on “non-stick” pans and baking dishes! I make lists- with a pen and paper, the “old fashioned” way! it’s the only way I can get things done! (My lists have lists! LOL

  82. This looks like such a great recipe… it is sure to be a crowd pleaser!! YUM

  83. Parchment paper and baker’s spray!

  84. donna harris says:

    OMG! These bars look and sound delicious! Going to makes these for the Holidays!
    My short cuts, I’ve been using Pam Spray for years for everything. I spray all my pans, cookie sheets, measuring cups,etc. one thing I hate is measuring Crisco, peanut butter, even honey and have most of stuck in the cups. I’ve always spray my hands to press all and anything that I have press down. I make cookie dough, pie crust ahead of time and freeze them. When I make sugar cut-out cookies I always make a double batch. I bake them one day, store them, then next day lay them all out on the table and have fun decorating. Also I cook food that I know I will have leftovers so I can use to make something else with it or I freeze the leftovers for later use. I’m going to rate this recipe on display, looks and sounds yummy!
    donna_squaw_1952@yahoo.com

  85. donna harris says:

    I tweeted this giveaway here is my url to my page:
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    twitter name @donnasquaw

  86. I have learned many shortcuts over the years, my favorite is to use Pam for every sticky situation in the kitchen but have also used it to spray locks and to help keys slide easier!! I also spray my crock pot before adding my mashed potatoes in it on warm to keep them hot and moist while waiting on guest to arrive for Christmas dinner!! :) Merry Christmas and I love all the great ideas!!

  87. bake ahead of time and freeze

  88. I try and prep weeks before baking days, make dough that can be frozen,make sure I have all of the decorating ingredients and even bake some ahead and freeze

  89. Wanda McHenry says:

    I save time by prepping all ingredients before I start cooking or baking.

  90. Wanda McHenry says:
  91. steve weber says:

    my smartcut- use parchment paper!

  92. Susan Gaynor says:

    Spray Pam on your hands before shaping cookings into balls for baking…no sticky fingers! And no other spray works like Pam…

  93. I use silicone baking sheets

  94. My suggestion is to always use a buttery flavored PAM spray to stay away the sticky, while improving the flavor for the taste-licky of the treats for self and/or sharing. That’s the tricky.

    kneecree [at] gmail [dot] com

  95. My favorite tip is to make a lot of things ahead of time and freeze them for later.

  96. Rebecca Graham says:

    Bake the cakes and pies in advance and make lists.

  97. Rebecca Graham says:
  98. my tip is to plan ahead and make sure you have all of your ingredients before you get started!

  99. maria cantu says:

    Do not wait to until the last minute, cook what you can ahead of time.

  100. Always make WAY too much so that when you spend a day cooking you have a few days where you don’t have to! LOL

  101. When it comes to baking holiday cookies, the smartest tip I’ve used is getting several friends together to bake. It makes the work go quickly, it’s lots of fun and everyone has wonderful cookies to take home.

  102. Prep ahead as much as you can… and don’t sweat the small stuff.

  103. Make double entrees and freeze half for a later meal. Its a big time saver in those days leading up to the holidays when you’re so busy.

  104. I bake a sticky date and nut bar cookie that really needs a spritz of Pam on the knife to cut it cleanly.

  105. 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.

  106. I try to prep ahead. Sometimes even the day before! ky_grandma40@yahoo.com

  107. I don’t know how much it will help anyone else, but my best tip is to get my husband to do the dishes while I do the cooking and baking, that way I don’t have to slow down or get overwhelmed. :)

  108. Shannon Baas says:

    do everything in advance.

  109. Erica Best says:

    i do what i can ahead of time

  110. Erica Best says:
  111. Cindy Merrill says:

    My best holiday smart cut: Need rich sauce n a hurry but don’t have the drippings? Reach for a jar of baby food! Strained turkey, chicken or veal, any of these will do fine, mix with equal amount of hot water or broth, add herb seasonings.Pour over mashed potato, grits or rice.

  112. kathy pease says:

    Increase your baking capacity by using an upside-down muffin pan as an extra cooling rack.

  113. kathy pease says:
  114. joseph gersch says:

    my holiday smart cut is to enlist in family help with cooking

  115. joseph gersch says:
  116. Theron Willis says:

    Buying precooked ham means no hassle in the kitchen. That’s my holiday tip!

  117. The holidays are always so busy I can’t fit everything in all at once. We bake and cook what we can in advance and freeze it.

  118. I use a lot of butter for holiday baking & cooking, so my shortcut is to grate frozen sticks to more evenly distribute it on the food – beats waiting for it to soften.

  119. get everyone to bring something

  120. Francine Anchondo says:

    I like to use parchment paper and Pam .

  121. I clean up the kitchen as I go so it never gets too messy!

  122. Stephanie V. says:

    plan and prep the night before – key to success! Use Pam for all of my baking needs – cookies and cupcakes!!
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

  123. I prep everything ahead of time.
    austma7@aol.com

  124. I try to assemble all dishes ahead of time and them bake them the day of the event/dinner/party.

  125. My favorite holiday smart cut is: 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.

  126. I clean as I bake so there is less to clean up by the time im done cooking

  127. Have all ingredients out before you start!

  128. My holiday “smart cut” would be to make a list of everything you want to serve, then go through the list and cross off at least half of the things on it. That list will still have plenty of things on it to delight the guests!

  129. I tweeted about your yummy recipe and this giveaway:
    https://twitter.com/NotherAnneOther/status/417102312050409473

  130. Mendy Dinsmore says:

    OMG this recipe is a keeper. They look amazing!!! I spray Pam on my hands when mixing up rice krispies treats so it doesn’t stick to my hands.

  131. Mendy Dinsmore says:
  132. Stephanie Larison says:

    Prepping what I can before the big event. There’s lots of things that can be made up and cooked beforehand, easy enough to fix it up at the last second.

  133. Sue Barney says:

    I make my cookie dough at the end of November before the Holiday rush, I ask for help from my family if I get behind on things :)

  134. Look for simple holiday recipes that will save you time.

  135. My favorite it to accept any and all invitations so I don’t have to do the cooking.

  136. I have others in the household help out in the kitchen to reduce the stress from cooking and baking. It’s all about teamwork. :)

  137. My favorite smart cut is getting a hand in the kitchen. It saves so much time.

  138. tina reynolds says:

    i start early and make lots of a a few things

  139. tina reynolds says:
  140. using parchment paper on baking sheets! Easier clean up!

  141. Margaret Smith says:

    We love baking lots of cookies to give as gifts to friends and family. We’ll make large batches of dough a couple weeks before Christmas and freeze the dough. This way, the dough making steps and clean up are finished. When we’re ready to bake, it’s much easier to take the dough out of the freezer the night before and keep it in the fridge. Then it’s so easy to bake the cookies the following day.

  142. Margaret Smith says:
  143. soha molina says:

    I cook as early as I can.

  144. soha molina says:
  145. I prepare as much the night before so there is less chopping and cooking the next day.

  146. Alexandra Roach says:

    Eggnog is delicious!

  147. Alexandra Roach says:
  148. Lorayne Gothard says:

    My holiday smart cut is to do all the labor in one day and freeze it. When it is time to eat just unfreeze your food for that day and add a few sides.

  149. Lorayne Gothard says:

    I tweeted about the giveaway
    https://twitter.com/lgothard/status/417221898917777409

    @lgothard

  150. tracey byram says:

    I make holiday meal prep a family affair. everyone has to help out

  151. I watched my sister and she had times that she had to start cooking everything for the entire meal to be ready on time. Thank you

  152. Sara Sullivan says:

    Use crop pot liners – they majorly reduce clean up time!

  153. My shortcut is to spray all pan/baking dishes with Pam for easy clean up.
    Thank you.

  154. Shauntea Crutcher says:

    Get as much help as you can.

  155. My holiday shortcut is shop online for presents.

  156. Karen Gonyea says:

    I start early and get done things that can be taken care of !!

  157. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    i like to make sugar cookies that are precut

  158. Amanda Sakovitz says:
  159. Nicole Larsen says:

    I split the cooking with the in laws which makes our holidays a TON easier! I also do as much prep work as I can the night before!

  160. Nicole Larsen says:
  161. Thomas Murphy says:

    Prepare as much as possible ahead of time.

  162. Thomas Murphy says:
  163. I make a menu and make sure i have ingredients laid out per each dish and then start cooking a day ahead

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  165. I buy pre-chopped onions to save time pryfamily5@gmail.com

  166. Buddy Garrett says:

    I make sure I have everything before I start cooking. I have everything laid out.

  167. Those bars look crazy good! What a brilliant recipe! I buy chopped garlic or ginger or onions.

  168. Beverly Metcalf says:

    I use Pam for a lot of things. The banana bread comes out much easier from the pan if it is sprayed with Pam and it works good on the lasagna pan, too. Makes it much easier to clean up. Thanks.

  169. Sarah Hirsch says:

    my favorite holiday smart idea is to prepare what can be prepared ahead of time

  170. Janice Cooper says:

    Prepare and plan ahead of time. I will even shred the cheese a day earlier or dice up the onions and celery.

  171. Janice Cooper says:
  172. I like to pick my recipes at the beginning of December and then 2 weeks before make my list so I’m not rushing right before shopping

  173. Plan out everything and then make as much ahead as possible.

  174. Michelle L says:

    I roll out my cookie dough between two pieces of wax paper to make less mess

  175. Susan Christy says:

    I make some dishes with bacon bits and the easiest way to make them is to cut the slab of bacon into pieces with kitchen shears – the pieces separate while frying.

  176. Hollie Jahnke says:

    We bake the night before so we have more time to spend with family.

  177. susan smoaks says:

    i like to save time by making the same recipes each year. i have them down to a science.

  178. Using parchment paper makes baking very easy!

  179. Don’t stress over holiday baking….have a party! 4 friends and I had a cookie party. Each of us brought one type of dough already mixed up so we could begin baking right away. This made what could be a huge chore into a really fun day! (we ended up making 14 different things) Oh, and the hostess supplied lunch and sangria and one gal made a spreadsheet and did all the shopping so we could easily split the costs.

  180. Susan Ladd says:

    I spray anything I bake with during the holidays season and I never have any problem with my dough. I want to thank you for this awesome sweep and have a Happy New Year :)

  181. Terri Egelund says:

    Part of my prepping is using Pam on all my pans and pots…including my crockpot. Makes for easy clean up.

  182. Joanna Allison says:

    I use parchment paper when baking cookies.

  183. Do as much as you can beforehand to make it easy on yourself.
    Thanks for the contest.

  184. I like to use parchment paper for easy clean up

  185. prepare things ahead of time

  186. I start early and make as much in advance as I can. I love the freezer friendly meals and treats that can just be popped in the oven for quick preparation.

  187. spraying the utensils when dealing with sticky substances

  188. I prepare ahead of time as much as possible and pre-chop veggies and ingredients.

  189. I do all my holiday goodie baking ahead of time

  190. maggie herrin says:

    I spray every pan & dish i use with Pam for easy/easier clean-up.

  191. I make the desserts a day before the event.

  192. Tracie Trump says:

    My best tip is when others offer to bring food or help clean up, Let them!

  193. Tracie Trump says:

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  194. Deborah Wellenstein says:

    I enlist the help of my family and friends-we have fun and get things done super fast! Thank you!

  195. I let the kids help! They cut the prep time in the kitchen AND it’s a lot of fun :)

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