One of my favorite Christmas traditions from growing up is baking Christmas cookies and then decorating them. We always had so much fun piling on the icing and sprinkles and as we got older, attempting to make the cookies look beautiful. It was always a bonding experience and I knew that it would be one to continue with my own family.
As soon as I had children, I was breaking out the cookies- ready to bake and decorate. However, it is not as easy as it may seem and I have found a few tips that help with Christmas cookies.
(1) Use cookie dough that is already prepped, like Annie’s Homegrown. I love that Annie’s has options of all my favorite baking mixes! It makes it all so easy. You can, of course, make your own but this is an easy way to help lessen your load. I remember there were some years that we decorated pre-cut cookies as a child. Go with your season!
(2) Prep the cookies ahead of time. If your kids are not quite ready for cutting out cookies, do that ahead of time and just let them decorate them.
(3) Use cupcake holders for the sprinkles. We recently started doing this and it was a game changer. I love letting my kids get creative, but I also love having some sense of order.
(4) Divide up the icing. Instead of having large bowls, give each child their own individual bowls or just separate the icing into smaller bowls. They are easy to manipulate and the kids love the little bowls!
(5) Embrace the mess. Making cookies and decorating them is messy. There is no way around it, so just embrace it. I try to implement systems that help, but there will always be the mess. I am learning that I would rather have the mess and the fun over the stress and no mess.
My Favorite Christmas Cookie Recipe (it’s so easy!)
Prepare the dough using Annie’s Organic Sugar Cookie Mix (all you need to add is butter and 1 egg- so easy and the cookies taste amazing!). Cut out shapes or back as round sugar cookies. While the cookies bake, prepare your icing.
- 3 Cups Powdered Sugar
- 1/3 Cup Butter (softened)
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
- 1-2 Tablespoon Milk
Mix all the ingredients together. You can add more milk or powdered sugar depending on the consistency you desire.
Frost the cookies and add decorations and you are all set!
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