- I use 1/2 butter and 1/2 shortening in the recipe in order to get the perfect chewy texture, not too flat, not too cake-like. Plus, you get that buttery taste and crunchy outer crust.
- I use 1 c. brown sugar and 1/2 c. white sugar. I feel like that brown sugar taste is so delicious in these cookies.
You could also crush up starlight mints and mix them in, or sprinkle them on top before you bake them." Peppermint is always such a good holiday flavor and these would look great on a holiday platter of cookies!
I decided to use my gingerbread people pan for my chocolate chip cookies. Some people love the idea of decorating gingerbread people, but really enjoy eating it. So, here is an idea for chocolate chip people instead! It all starts with this baking sheet:
I did one extra little thing with some chocolate chip cookies, since I had the chocolate frosting. I made smaller round cookies and turned them into sandwich cookies and piped on a wreath of frosting. They came out super cute!
- Plan ahead! You will need the proper supplies. You will need paper plates, paper cups, popsicle sticks, napkins or paper towels, ziplock bags, frosting (homemade or store bought), lots of sprinkles! Oh! Of course the cookies. I always baked them with my kids and grandkids. For school, I baked them in advance.
- Give every child a paper plate, a cup of frosting, a popsicle stick for spreading, a napkin, and another plate with samples of various sprinkles on it. If you only have a couple of kids, you don't have to give sprinkle samples, they can just share the containers. But, with a lot of kids, this works well.
- Have everyone wash their hands. Let each child choose a cookie to start with. Remind them that it probably is best not to lick their fingers, but don't hold your breath. Let them frost and sprinkle away. Some kids will be really fast and want to do as many cookies as they can. If you want cookies for anyone else to eat later, you need to limit the number you let them decorate. (refer back to the finger licking part.) You can decorate while they do and put those non-licked ones aside. I like to let them decorate as many cookies as their plate will hold. Then they can slide the entire plate into the ziplock bag to take home. Some kids will only want to decorate one or two and just pile all of the sprinkles on the one cookie. It is a lot of fun to see their different personalities come out in the way that they decorate. If these are being done by your grandchildren, you can put some of your own, non-licked cookies on another plate for their parents to enjoy. Of course, the kids will want to make some for their parents. Ha Ha, good luck with that!
- If the kids use up their frosting in their cup, you can refill it and give them more sprinkles as needed. I have found that kids get tired of decorating after awhile. Some hold out longer than others. I usually have a bunch of cookies to finish when they have had their fill.
- When they are finished, let them help clean-up by throwing away their cups and other trash. Put their plates in ziplock bags that you have first written their names on. Have everyone wash their hands and faces. Now sweep up the sprinkles that have gotten everywhere and you should have a bunch of beautiful cookies that the children will be so proud of.
What is your favorite cookie that you would love to turn into a holiday cookie? How would you do it? I gave one other idea here.
It is December 1st! Day 1 of Light the World! How will you light the world this Christmas Season?