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Christmas - Desserts - Holiday Parties

Adorable and Delicious Christmas Wreath Cookies

December 24, 2018

Turn store-bought sugar cookie dough into adorable Christmas Wreath Cookies. Make baking during the holiday season easy on yourself and turn these cookies into a holiday tradition.

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Sugar cookies for me are the quintessential cookie. Rich, buttery, and crispy – it’s perfect in every way. These Christmas Wreath Cookies are perfect for the holidays. They’re festive and they can taste absolutely delicious with the buttercream frosting.

There are a few tricks to getting your sugar cookie to hold its shape while you’re baking it. After you’ve mixed it, put it back in the fridge for another 30 minutes to rest. Then you’re going to roll it out, use your cutters and then pop it back in the fridge for 10 minutes to have the butter solidify again.

Chilling your sugar cookie dough before you bake it will keep the cookie cutter shape and makes icing cookies easier because it’s going to hold its shape and not look like a disaster.

Supplies for your Christmas Sugar Cookie Wreaths

Prepare your sugar cookie dough according to recipe instructions. If you’ve used store-bought dough, just start rolling it out on a floured surface. I like to roll my cookie dough between two sheets of parchment paper. This just makes for easy cleanup.

Dip your cookie cutter into some flour and then punch out your shapes. Transfer those onto a lined baking sheet and bake according to the recipe instructions. Allow them to cool completely on a wired rack while you make your buttercream frosting.

How to make American Buttercream Frosting

Use room temperature unsalted butter and use a whisk attachment on a stand mixer or a handheld electric mixer and whip your butter until it is airy and creamy. Add in your icing sugar one cup at a time until it is fully incorporated. Add in your gel food coloring and continue to whip for an additional 5 minutes to incorporate as much air as possible.

 

 

Add your frosting into your piping bag and begin piping leaves on your Christmas Wreath Cookies. You want to press down the piping tip on the cookies and squeeze then release and pull straight up.

Oh man! That is some confusing directions! Place your Nerds candies around the wreath cookies to make it look like ornaments or lights.

These wreath Christmas cookies are so fun and perfect for family get-togethers.  I especially love how they complement a fun Christmas dessert table with my Buttercream Santa Hat Cupcakes, my Rudolph Cookies, my Reindeer Cupcakes or even my Christmas Tree Cake Pops

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Christmas wreath cookies with candy
Sugar Cookie Holiday Wreath Cookies
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
42 mins
 
Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas Cookies, christmas dessert, christmas party food, sugar cookie, wreath cookie
Servings: 12 cookies
Author: Lindsay
Ingredients
  • Your favorite recipe for sugar cookies enough to make 12
Buttercream Frosting
  • 1 stick butter softened
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 4-5 tbsp milk
  • ¼ tsp Kelly green gel food coloring
  • Multicolored candies
Instructions
  1. Once you prepare your cookie dough, roll it on a floured surface so that it’s about ¼ of an inch thick. With a cookie cutter, cut out a wreath shape – we had a cookie cutter that also cut out a circle on the inside. If you don’t have one, you’ll use two different-sized circular cookie cutters to achieve the look.
  2. Bake and allow to cool completely.
  3. With an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar and milk on medium speed. Gradually increase to high. Once the ingredients start mixing, add food coloring. Mix until buttercream is smooth and forms semi-stiff peaks.
  4. Using a frosting bag and Wilton tip #32, frost each cookie then add multicolored candies (they will act as the Christmas lights for your wreath!). 

Christmas - Desserts

Adorable Rudolph Cookie Recipe for Santa

December 17, 2018

This Rudolph cookie recipe is easy and fun for all ages. Leave these cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve or use these reindeer cookies at your next holiday party. This easy kids cookie recipe is perfect for the holiday season.

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Reindeer cookies are such a fun holiday kids recipe that they can easily assemble themselves. You just need a few simple items and you’re on your way to the cutest cookies ever left for Santa Claus. This Rudolph cookie recipe is the perfect accompaniment to our Reindeer Cupcake recipe we just posted earlier last week.  heart cookie decorated like a reindeer

Reindeer Cookie Recipe Supplies

Begin by cutting your sugar cookie dough into hearts. Roll it out on a floured surface until your cookies are about a quarter inch thick. This will be the start of your Rudolph cookie recipe.

Tip: Use some Silpat silicone sheets to roll your dough out to avoid adding too much flour to the cookie recipe.

Place your cut cookies on a parchment or silicone lined baking sheet. Try to keep your dough as cold as possible by frequently returning the dough to the fridge. Bake it according to the directions of your recipe and set it aside to cool.

Another Tip: After you’ve cut your dough, if it is still quite a bit soft, place it in the freezer for about 5 minutes or fridge for 15 minutes.. This will keep your dough from spreading and loosing it’s cookie cutter shape.

Now it’s time to make the buttercream frosting for your Rudolph cookies.

Add your room temperature butter into a mixing bowl and cream it until it is smooth. Add some icing sugar a cup at a time and add your cocoa in as well. Whip your buttercream until you can see that it almost has the consistency of stiff whipped cream. You want to incorporate as much as possible into the buttercream frosting. Add your milk along the way if you frosting becomes stiffer. After you’ve allowed your Rudolph cookies to cool, use an offset spatula or non-grooved butter knife to frost your cookies. Make streaks going in a downward stroke to almost mimic reindeer fur on their faces.

Add your mini pretzels to the top two corners of your cookies. Then add your eyes and your candy nose to the Rudolph cookie.

Santa will love these reindeer cookies for Christmas and they’re easily made so even kids can get in on the action. This Rudolph cookie recipe is going to be a classic for you to make every holiday season.

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ruldolph cookie recipe for Christmas
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Sugar Cookies
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
32 mins
 

These holiday cookies are sure to please anyone but the kids will love them the most. Help them make their own Rudolph cookies. This is such an easy recipe for toddlers or even school parties.

Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas Cookies, christmas dessert, christmas party food, christmas recipe, dessert
Servings: 12 cookies
Author: Lindsay
Ingredients
  • Your favorite sugar cookie recipe enough to make 1 dozen
Buttercream Frosting
  • ½ stick butter softened
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp cocoa
  • 2-3 tbsp milk
Rudolph Decorations
  • 24 googly candy eyes
  • 24 pretzels
  • 12 red M&Ms or chocolate covered candies
  • Heart-shaped cookie cutter
Instructions
  1. Roll out your sugar cookie dough and cut out 12 hearts with your cookie cutter. Follow directions for baking and allow to cool completely before decorating.
How to make Buttercream Icing
  1. Make your buttercream icing: beat together butter, sugar, cocoa, and milk with an electric mixer on medium speed. Gradually increase the speed to high.
  2. Once the ingredients have completely combined, frost each cookie with an offset spatula.
How to make the Rudolph face on a cookie
  1. Place 2 pretzels on the top two corners of each cookie: these will be Rudolph’s antlers. Give him eyes and a nose with your red M&M. Enjoy and happy holidays!

three christmas reindeer cookies

Desserts - Recipes

The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies EVER!

February 16, 2018

Okay, I know that this is a huge promise that not too many deliver on but seriously, I’ve been told, and I know, that these are some of the best of the best. This chocolate chip cookie recipe is one that my Grandma has been using for years and I guess I should ask her where she got it from.
These are chewy on the first, second, third, fourth, okay you get it, day. The trick is obviously to keep them in Ziploc bag. If you like a crispy cookie, these can be your thing too. Just cook for 1-2 minutes longer and don’t store it in the bag the first day. They don’t get overly dry, and they are just heaven! Customize the ingredients to your liking.
Combine your Crisco and sugars in a mixing bowl and cream together until it is fluffy. This to me is the all-important step. If this step isn’t right then the cookies will be a little weird. FYI, that is a cookie term. If you like the addition of walnuts or any kind of nut to your cookie, add it. I think that’s what makes this recipe so great. You can add anything to these chocolate chip cookies and they’ll be absolutely delicious.
I line my cookie sheets with my Silpat and scoop out the dough with my ice cream scoop. These don’t spread too far because of the shortening so a lot can fit on a sheet tray. Bake at 350 for 9 minutes, a little longer or shorter if you desire.
When you remove them from the oven, let them cool on the tray for 2 minutes and then transfer them to a cooling rack. You can thank me later!
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The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever!

This chocolate chip cookie recipe is one of the best I've ever had. It has a soft, chewy interior while the exterior gives the perfect crunch. 

Course: Cookies, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe, The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter flavored shortening
  • 1/2 tsp water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Cream together your shortening and your sugars. Beat until it is light and fluffy.

  3. Add your eggs one at a time and mix until it is combined.

  4. Add your vanilla and water.

  5. Add your dry ingredients and mix until the dough has come together.

  6. With a spatula, stir in your chocolate chips. If you want the addition of nuts, this is the time to add them.

  7. Use a scoop and place dough on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until it is golden on the edges. Transfer to a cooling rack and enjoy.

Christmas - Desserts - Holidays - Recipes

Christmas Molasses Ginger Cookies

December 13, 2017

These molasses ginger cookies have been a staple of ours for the Christmas season. Grab the easy, delicious recipe here. This is the best Christmas cookie you’ll ever have.

I’m excited to be partnering with some of my favorite food blogging friends today to bring you a virtual Christmas cookie exchange. We all love Christmas Cookie Exchange Parties because you go to the party with one kind of cookie, but come home with dozens of cookies to taste! There’s nothing better than seeing all of the cookies out on all of their plates and getting to go around and fill up your bags with other people’s delicious recipes. Here are 40+ delicious cookie exchange recipes so you can find the perfect cookie to take to the party this holiday season!

Here’s my recipe, some delicious Christmas Molasses Ginger Cookies! Who doesn’t love these warm spices during the fall months? These are always so good with a tall glass of ice cold milk. The trick to getting them flat is to push your cookies down before they’re in the oven so they can be pretty flat or else you’ll just get a big ball of cookie!

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Ginger Molasses Crinkle Cookies

These ginger crinkle cookies are perfect for winter. We serve these cookies every Christmas and they're one of my favorites.

Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas Cookies, Molasses Cookie Recipe, Molasses Crinkle Cookie Recipe
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup butter flavored shortening
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • granulated sugar for rolling cookies
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line your baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside a bowl of granulated sugar for later.

  2. In a mixing bowl, cream together your shortening and brown sugar until light and fluffy.

  3. Add your molasses and egg and mix until combined.

  4. Add all your dry ingredients and spices then mix just until it is combined.

  5. Lay out a piece of cling film and place your dough on it. Wrap into a ball and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

  6. Take your dough and form it into balls and roll in the granulated sugar.

  7. Place on your baking sheet and press down gently with a cup to flatten the cookie.

  8. Bake for 8-10 minutes and place on a cooling rack after one minute for optimum chewiness.

These molasses ginger crinkle cookies have always been a staple in our house for the holidays as well as my grandmas Chocolate Chip Cookies and our Vegetable Dip. We’re pretty lucky to have a cook like her in the family. Check out below for more cookies in the cookie exchange!40+ cookie exchange recipes

Be sure to follow along on the Cookie Exchange Pinterest board for year round cookie recipe inspirations!

Follow Reasons To Skip The Housework’s board The Cookie Exchange on Pinterest.

cookies 1

Andes Mint Cookies

Double Chocolate Mint MnM Cookies

Hot Cocoa Cookies

cookies 1

Peanut Butter Cake Box Cookie

Raspberry Almond Meltaways

Olaf Nutter Butter Cookies

cookies 2

Snowflake Meltaway Cookies

Chocolate Turtle Cookie

Candy Cane Brownie Blossoms

cookies 3

Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

Cranberry Almond Shortbread Bites

No Bake Eggnog Cookies

cookies 4

Double Chocolate Rum Balls

Magic Cookie Bars

Christmas Molasses Ginger Cookies

cookies 5 Rosettes

Mint Chocolate Truffle Cookie cups

Cornflake Christmas Wreath Cookies

cookies 6

Christmas M&M Cookies

Peppermint Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

Easy Sugar Cookie

cookies 7

Jelly “Popper” Cookies

Key Lime Pie Bars

Gingersnaps with Dark Chocolate Chips

cookies 8

Maple Bacon Snickerdoodles

Peppermint Shortbread Cookies

Christmas Chocolate Thumbprints Cookies

cookies 9

Christmas Tree Brownie Pops

My Favorite Things Cookies

Old-Fashioned Gingersnap Cookies

cookies 10

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Holiday Confetti Sandwich Cookies

Lemon Oatmeal Lacies Christmas Cookie

cookies 11

Snowball Cookies

Healthy Biscochos (Vegan, Raw, & Grain-Free)

Almond and Milk Chocolate Ganache Thumbprint Cookies

cookies 12

Porcelain Sugar Cookies

OREO Dipped Christmas Cookies

Rolo Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies {Gluten Free}

cookies 14

Chocolate Mint Cream Cheese Cake Mix Cookies

Giant Monster Cookies

Crispy Coconut Pecan Butter Cookies

cookies 2

Candy Cane Sugar Blossoms

Candy Cane Frosted Sugar Cookies

 

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Summer Trends in Nail Polish and how to take a moment for yourself.

July 12, 2016

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #OREOTHINSideStory #CollectiveBiasMaking time for mom and summer nail polish trendsBless my kids – they try so hard, I try so hard and never live up to any of my expectations and I feel like I never live up to theirs. They’ve endured a lot these last 12 months from a pregnant mom and a sick baby brother, they deserve to have some fun time with me but it’s really just a ploy to get them to help me out. Making time for mom and summer nail polish trendsI’ve compiled some summer trends in nail polish because we need to look good when we don’t feel good. I ‘suckered’ Siaki and Leila into polishing my nails while I just sat by and ate OREO Thins and life was good for ten-minutes again.img_1099We headed over to our Kroger banner store, Smith’s and grabbed the polish and OREO’s in one visit, that’s why I love shopping at Smith’s. Malakai was in his saucer toy – being content – and although it was just a moment, it was a good moment and I’ll cherish that I got to spend it with my three youngest children.Making time for mom and summer nail polish trendsNow on to color trends…pastel everything is in. I love the mix of the muted pinks and purples but my favorite is the mint color of nail polish that’s been popping up everywhere. You also can’t go wrong with metallic but copper and rose gold are the new black and gold. Go out of your comfort zone, get ones that you normally wouldn’t try and give yourself an update. You never know which one of the new ones you’ll love. Making time for mom and summer nail polish trendsAdd some glitter to your routine and make the sheen different. My favorite combo is matte and the muted lavender color. OREO Thins are available in more flavors than ever so check them out at www.oreo.com/thins and tell me which one is your favorite, I love mint. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below and good luck!Making time for mom and summer nail polish trends


Christmas - Holiday Parties - Holidays - Kids - Party Time

Mini Gingerbread Houses with the Kids

December 21, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HoneyMaidHouse #CollectiveBiasHave a fun Holiday Party making mini gingerbread houses with Honey Maid Graham CrackersChristmas came early this year for my kids. I try to stick to holiday tradition but it not always the easiest or most convenient but for us, gingerbread houses are a must.

We usually get the pre-made box kit and use hot glue to hold it together (we don’t eat them in our house). I decided to give the kids something whimsical to do and so we used Honey Maid graham crackers and some classic white frosting to put them together. I’ve seen them put together ahead of time or allow them to be made right before decorating. I can tell you with this experience, glue them ahead of time. They’ll be sturdy enough for the kids to add some more frosting and not have to worry about it falling over. Have a fun Holiday Party making mini gingerbread houses with Honey Maid Graham CrackersGo non-traditional too and use some things that are unexpected with your candies. Mix it up because it’s all about making this a fun and memorable experience with the kids. Have a fun Holiday Party making mini gingerbread houses with Honey Maid Graham CrackersHave a fun Holiday Party making mini gingerbread houses with Honey Maid Graham CrackersI headed over to Wal-Mart and grabbed all my supplies. I stuck with the traditional Christmas color palate and let my daughter choose some fun candy of her own. I have these jars left over from my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle party that I got from TomKat Studio.  Mini jars are a must for any party and any cooking just to make things a bit easier for the kids. IMG_9423As you can see, Freddie had a hard time with his staying together so naturally, he ate it. We invited some neighbors over to make them with us and they had so much fun. Siaki thought he had the best one and Leila just decorated her Santa. Siaki gets my OCD when it comes to making things just the way they’re supposed to be rather than just letting things be how they turn out. As I’ve grown older, I’ve been able to let go of this but seeing him as a kid, I definitely see how I struggled with this growing up. Have a fun Holiday Party making mini gingerbread houses with Honey Maid Graham CrackersHave a fun Holiday Party making mini gingerbread houses with Honey Maid Graham CrackersChristmas is such a great time of year for children who believe. Freddie told me the other day that he knew I was Santa because of the wrapping paper but he just knows St. Nick is still real. I’m trying to be better about following traditions for my kids. I remember those were the things I loved so much when I was a kid that they need to have more consistency about it around the holidays. Have a fun Holiday Party making mini gingerbread houses with Honey Maid Graham CrackersTo give you more ideas on this fun idea for kids, head on over to Honey Maid site and check them out. What kinds of candy would you use for your house?

Christmas - Holiday Parties - Holidays - Party Time

Cookie Exchange Party

December 11, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GiftDeliciously #CollectiveBiaseasy christmas party ideasI love a good party and I love all the great company over the holidays. I’m going to show you my set up for a Cookie Exchange Party that doesn’t incorporate any homemade cookies at all. I’ll show you ideas for set-up so that you can just grab and go. I’ll show you some fun center pieces to make using the boxes the store-bought cookies came in and I’ll show you how easy an elegant set up can be.Easy ideas to throw a fun and woodsy Cookie Exchange Christmas Party.Easy Cookie Exchange party setupAll it takes is some printables from Etsy and half the work it already done. My favorite printable shop is Whit Prints. She’s affordable, they’re available for instant download and she’ll change the colorway if you don’t like what she has. I’ve gotten quite a few prints for Malakai’s room and I can’t wait to show you. I’ll be doing a giveaway for one of her prints so be on the look out.Easy ideas to throw a fun and woodsy Cookie Exchange Christmas Party. I went to Walmart and grabbed some of these small packs of cookies available in a variety of flavors:

I grabbed a few of each because A. I love all these flavors and B. I wanted an assortment of sizes to create my gingerbread houses. The boxes were used to make some gingerbread houses for craft time! Just get some Kraft wrapping paper, scissors, tape and washi tape. I used the Chalk Kit from Hazel and Ruby and it’s magic and on sale for a crazy price. Easy Gingerbread House DIY

Easy Gingerbread HouseGifts are so much appreciated during the holidays but we don’t all have time realistically to make everybody something homemade. These boxes of cookies are great because they’re easy and unexpected by being wrapped in the gingerbread house styling. I love these as a stocking stuffer and you can even use this tutorial to make an ugly sweater themed stocking. Check out this #GiftDeliciously website for more inspiration.Cookie Exchange Party IdeasTell me, what is your favorite part of this party?

Desserts - Holidays - Recipes - Valentine's Day

Valentine Sugar Cookie

February 13, 2015

Create these one of a kind sugar cookies using The Alison Show's recipe. So informative and usefulI had so much fun making these cookies. Super simple and such great tips from the fabulous Alison! All the instructions are in there to complete them step for step and even if you make mistakes. What more can you ask for?

Create these one of a kind sugar cookies using The Alison Show's recipe. So informative and usefulCreate these one of a kind sugar cookies using The Alison Show's recipe. So informative and usefulThe Alison Show is a crazy fun, creative blog and she put together a whole course about sugar cookies, this course cost $30 and it’s really worth every penny. I realized every mistake I was doing before. She really gives a comprehensive recipe that makes a dang good cookie. In my cookies I added almond extract and lots of lemon juice in the royal icing. I usually buy the Wilton colors for the dye but I used the Americana and I really liked the outcome and I recommend those. The cookies are delicious and last forever and figuring out what theme I wanted was even more fun. I know I’ll be making these in the future!Create these one of a kind sugar cookies using The Alison Show's recipe. So informative and useful