Parchment paper is the one baking staple you should always have on hand, but especially around the holidays, when you’re baking the most. Often confused with wax paper, which is not heat-resistant, parchment paper is silicone coated making it not only oven-safe, but non-stick (unlike aluminum foil). Wilton Parchment Paper is heat resistant up to 450° F and non-stick, so it’s perfect for baking Christmas cookies, brownies, bars and all of your holiday treats. Take a look at these 5 life-changing tricks to make your holiday baking even merrier.
1. Serve Better Brownies & Bars
Ever baked a beautiful batch of brownies, only to make a complete mess of the first bar? The struggle is real. But, with a little parchment paper you can save yourself the trouble. Simply cut parchment paper to match the width of your pan, place inside with a little bit overhanging the sides. Repeat, layering parchment in the opposite direction. Bake, let cool and voilà! Use the excess parchment paper overhanging the sides to easily lift the entire brownie slab out of the pan. That’s the secret to slicing and serving every single brownie with absolute perfection.
2. Store or Gift Cookies that Stack Up
Your beautiful Christmas cookies deserve to be protected until they’re ready to be presented, whether as a gift or served at your holiday party. The secret to preserving their beauty until you’re ready to devour the deliciousness? Parchment paper. Don’t just pile the cookies on the plate. Stack them neatly with a square of parchment paper in between each one to keep cookies from sticking to each other, keep crumbs out of your icing and serve them looking as good as they taste.
3. Quicker, Easier Clean Up
Using your favorite Christmas cookie cutter shapes, like the iconic gingerbread boy, candy cane, and stocking, is part of the fun. Having cookies stick to your sheet and leaving a burned on mess? Not so much. Line your cookie sheets with a layer of parchment for cookies that slide right off and a quick and easy cleanup after they’re done baking.
4. The DIY Decorating Bag
Royal icing gives Christmas cookies that classic, smooth glossy coating that dries hard and looks perfect. It’s great for covering cookies and decorating with fun color dragging designs. When you’re in a pinch and don’t have a decorating bag, don’t worry. You can use “parchment triangles” to make a DIY disposable decorating bag in any size. Just cut parchment into a triangle, bring the same size ends together and fold. Snip the tip of the bag and decorate. It’s also great for giving cookies or other treats a beautiful drizzle of melted candy!
5. Christmas Cookie Presentation
Wilton makes traditional white parchment paper and unbleached, Kraft-colored parchment paper. Both make great giftwrap for your homemade cookies. Unbleached parchment gives your gifts a rustic, timeless presentation that is easily dressed up with any style ribbon or string. The classic white parchment paper gives your gift a wintery feel that looks great with snowflake-inspired gift tags and blue ribbon. It’s equally as adorable wrapped in red and green, too. Just stack and wrap. Finish with decorative ribbon or string and add a gift tag.
What are you baking this holiday season?