Make a “break time.”
Set a timer or alarm, and create a ritual where you do something fun or useful between or after batches. Walk around the block to check out your neighbors’ holiday decor, blast your favorite holiday tunes for a living room dance party, or just fold some laundry. By deliberately slowing down and removing yourself from the kitchen, you give your brain time to signal to your stomach that it’s not actually hungry, it’s just smelling good things.
Use chopsticks to swipe a lick.
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Do you have to lick the bowl of batter
clean? Try using a pair of chopsticks instead. It’ll
be a lot harder to balance dough on their slim points,
but you’ll still get a satisfying nibble. Better yet, after you’ve poured your ingredients out of your mixing bowl, immediately
grab the liquid soap and start washing.