12 Dec Christmas Cookies by Tee and Penguin
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Once December rolls around we are fully dedicated to all things Christmas. I am an unabashed Christmas fanatic. Yes, I am one of those people who has no problem when stores start getting out the Christmas stuff in October. I love so many elements of Christmas: the gifting, the decorating, the music, the Christmas Spirit. But my absolute favorite part of the holidays is spending time with my family and enjoying our Christmas traditions together.
One of my kids’ favorite traditions is baking and decorating sugar cookies. They love carefully picking and planning out the shapes they are going to cut from their dough; but most of all they love decorating the cookies. Sprinkles have always been at the top of their decor list.
We’re pretty sure that the only way to make the cookie baking and decorating experience better is to pair it with the perfect read aloud picture book. So we’ve done just that and are excited to share our book pick and a couple of our favorite cookie recipes with you. A good read, plus a plateful of cookies with sprinkles, is the stuff that childhood magic is made of.
The Christmas Cookie Sprinkle Snitcher has been around for ages, but is only somewhat recently back in print. All the children in this book are excited for a day to bake and decorate Christmas cookies, but the Sprinkle Snatcher has struck and now the entire town is left without sprinkles. This story is a really fun one, told in rhyme as we follow little Nat as he devises a plan to get the sprinkles back. My kids tend to love anything that is about sweets, but I think the illustrations are what really captivated them. They are silly and colorful and full of fun details.
Both of the cookie recipes we have to share with you are the stuff that sprinkle lovers dreams are made of. The first one is Smitten Kitchen’s Confetti Cookies, we adore Smitten Kitchen and this recipe is no exception. Kids love rolling the cookies in the sprinkles and flattening them on the cookie sheet, and you can customize the sprinkle mix to match any festivities. A huge bonus is that they’re also a breeze to make, the whole batch comes together in your food processor, and the cream cheese in the dough keeps the cookies soft for days (they also freeze well).
Our other go-to recipe, is this Perfect Sugar Cookie from Sweetapolita. These sugar cookies are more like shortbread, but they hold their shape SO well. My kids are always happy with the baked cookies that still look like what they cut out vs. blobby bits. I usually mix up a batch of Magnolia Bakery’s Vanilla Buttercream to top them off, my kids like to custom mix their frosting colors with food coloring and I provide a smorgasbord of sprinkles for them to finish them off. One of my favorite creations to come out of this tradition is this ombre rocking horse, bedecked with sprinkle sparkles and a butterscotch eye.
We usually try and plan this as a family activity for a lazy Sunday afternoon in December, but we’ve also been known to invite the neighborhood kids over for an impromptu cookie decorating party to kick off the weekend. Either way, it’s always a winning combination.
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