WBAY.com's Hack Your Holiday feature has covered gift wrapping, decor, outdoor lighting up the wazoo, but this is the first year we turned our attention to the kitchen.
We spend so much more time in there during the holidays baking cookies, making snack mix, and preparing family dinners, so, like the turkey I burned that one year, this was a long time in the making.
Not just for cookies anymore
Use Christmas cookie cutters to make holiday-theme brownies and fudge. (We also have some pancake ideas below.)
Candy cane, the new pumpkin spice?
Put candy canes in a paper bag or hardy freezer plastic bag and smash them. Really, really smash them. Add to cookies, ice cream, hot chocolate, and anything else your culinary imagination desires.
Hot chocolate, sweet delight
Spread whipped cream on a cookie sheet or wax paper (so long as it has some depth) and freeze it for a few hours. Use Christmas cookie cutters to cut the iced cream into shapes, and drop into your hot chocolate or coffee for some extra holiday sweetness.
We have video demonstrations of more holiday kitchen hacks below. Mobile users might have to click a "More on the web" link.