Is there a more wonderful season than Christmas? Sure, it can be a lot of work and be a bit hectic, but it is such a special time of year. You can let it stress you out, or you can take a step back and enjoy. Festive decorations, delicious food, the smell of snow, the magic and the traditions, both old and new.
One thing I have always enjoyed is spending time in the kitchen. Especially baking cookies. Now that Nina is older, she really enjoys being my helper. Cookie decorating is a great way to connect with your kids and allow them to be part of a tradition. It’s also a great idea to get a group of kids together for a cookie decorating party. Although it’s a little
a lot messy, the kids have a wonderful time and get to take away the awesome treats they make.
These easy cookie sticks are a great way for young kids to share some delicious creativity with their classmates, neighbors or family.
These cookies can be made of shortbread or sugar cookie. I used sugar cookies for this batch. I always use this sugar cookie recipe. Super easy, no chill time. Perfection every time. Or you can always go to the refrigerated section and grab a log of dough. It’ll be our little Christmas secret.
I had seen a reindeer cookie here and thought I’d make something similar. Then we added a couple of our own ideas for a little more Christmas cheer.
These are dipped in white chocolate to make a nice flat white canvas that doesn’t take long to dry and if you ask me, it tastes better than royal icing.
I use milk chocolate for anything decorated brown.
I make a batch of royal icing for the rest of the decorations, like black for the snowman’s hat, face and buttons. And of course green for the trees, red for well, whatever you want red. You get the idea. There are really no rules for these. My designs are super simple, even Nina and I could do them. Using a simple rectangular shape allows you to do whatever you want. It’s a blank canvas.
*Remember to use meringue powder instead of raw eggs when decorating cookies for kids, pregnant women or anyone with a compromised immune system. You can find it in the baking section of the grocery store or even at the craft store in the baking section.
The only other items you need are decorating bags (I use the disposable, as you can just toss them after for easy cleanup) and decorations. Bottles of dragees, nonpareils, sprinkles, edible glitter, cinnamon red hots, candy holly, mini M&M’s, whatever.
I hope you give these a try. We had a lot of fun in the kitchen. The kids won’t remember what toy they got for Christmas. But they will absolutely remember the times spent together baking up special holiday memories.
Have a blessed holiday!