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This is that cookie baking and eating time of year and as a matter of fact, Monday is National Cookie Day! When I asked everyone what their favorite cookie is, I got two answers from my daughters. Chocolate chip, or Oreos. Even with all of the gingerbread and sugar cookies around for Christmas, those two still were the hands-down favorites. So, we decided that for today's Friday Faves, we would take our two favorite cookies and turn them into holiday cookies, festive enough for gifting! Not only that, I will give you my time tested tips on having your kids help with the cookie decorating. (By the way, this is Friday Faves #42!)
How do you turn your favorite cookies into holiday cookies?
Chocolate Chip Cookies:
Lindsey and I decided to take on this all time favorite. Chocolate chip cookies are so delicious and never get old. Especially when you eat them with a glass of cold milk to dip them in. Everyone has their favorite recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies. I pretty much use the recipe on the back of the chocolate chip bag with just a couple of variations.
Now, here is how Lindsey takes chocolate chip cookies and gives them some holiday flair!
She says, "I bought some holiday Alpine mints and mixed them into the cookie dough with the chocolate chips. In the past I have also added some peppermint extract and red and green M&M's
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 can't find one just like it, I have had it for some time. But here is a similar one by Wilton that has gingerbread men and gingerbread houses.
I just spread the cookie dough into the mold and baked at 375 degrees for about 10 min. You will have to experiment with the mold you have. Click on the photos below to explain it all.
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!
Maddy came up with a sophisticated look for her Oreos. She piped on a little more frosting around the outer edge of the cookie and rolled them in silver and gold sprinkles. They would look great on the table at a nice Christmas party! You could use red and green sprinkles as well and they would look so festive!
Alicia also used sprinkles, but first she dipped her Oreos in chocolate! I like how she sprinkled just half of the cookie with sprinkles and let the chocolate show on some of them.
Alicia also thought of making reindeer with pretzel antlers, but she has a 2 year old who got in on the act. Well, his reindeer became a Halloween/Christmas mashup! I am glad she got a picture of it because this will be a great memory!
Speaking of decorating cookies with kids, I have some experience with this. I have done it with my own children, with my school children and with my grandchildren and I have come up with ways to keep the mess down, and still have lots of fun. Here is what I have figured out over the years:
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.
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Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!