Baking holiday cookies isn't rocket science, but if you're giving the cookies as gifts or serving them to guests at your Christmas feast, you want them to be perfect. Here are the 9 biggest cookie mistakes you might be making:
1. Substituting ingredients
Baking is an exact science. You can't go crazy making substitutions then wonder why your cookies didn't turn out like the photo. If you don't want to make the cookie the way the recipe says to, you're better off using a different recipe.
2. Using old ingredients
Baking staples last for a while in your pantry, but they're not immortal. Spices lose their potency after a year, so if you've been using the same little jars of cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg, etc., for the past few years, it's time to heave-ho. Same goes for your baking powder and baking soda. To test if baking powder is still viable, add 1/2 tsp. of it to 1/2 c. hot water. If it fizzes and bubbles, you're good to go. To test baking soda, do the same thing, but add a