Every year the festive season seems to sneak up on us and with it, a yearning to whip up tasty treats in celebration of the family-filled days ahead.
But when you're this busy, how will you find time to deliver on those traditional baked goods that will still impress your guests?
Here are few tips and tricks on how to whip up your favourite festive treats faster than your family tucks into them!
So, you've managed to whip up a batch of cupcakes, but have no idea where to start with the frosting?
Grab a packet of marshmallows and pop one on top of each for the last 5 minutes of baking for a sweet addition that can easily be decorated.
Nothing wakes your taste buds up from their slumber quite like flapjacks in the morning!
Plus, they are the perfect treat for the festive season because of how many you can make.
An important addition to any mix? Eggs.
And of course, that's the one ingredient you're missing. Don't fret, unsweetened applesauce or mashed bananas are both great substitutes for eggs when it comes to baking.
You're well-impressed that your cookies have emerged from the oven actually looking like Christmas trees only to realise you need to add the icing.
If your not-so-steady hands aren't up for the job, use a syringe filled with frosting to decorate your cookies with all sorts of shapes and colours.
The result? Lines so precise and dots so perfectly rounded you'll consider doing this for a living!
What good is the holiday season if not to overindulge in chocolate?
Add a true South African spin to your next batch of brownies by cooking them on the braai.
All you will need is a cast iron skillet to place them onto and before you know it, you're left with puffy chocolatey treats that have a mouth-watering smokiness to them.
* Information supplied by Snowflake