With the Christmas season upon us and holiday traditions in full swing, making and decorating cookies definitely holds a special spot in my heart.
This year rather than just exchanging cookies, think about putting together a cookie decorating box for kids and their families to enjoy. This gift provides a festive activity that kids will long remember.
I made one of these boxes for my niece years ago. Each Christmas, we would always bake and decorate cookies together - it was our special thing.
However, one Christmas I had just had my son, so I made my niece this little box, so she would still be able to decorate Christmas cookies that year.
In addition to putting together a cookie decorating box for others, you could also make one for your family.
Save it until Christmas Eve, when you can then decorate cookies to leave for Santa:)
Not only is this box super easy to make, but it doesn't involve screen time nor is it another toy.
And, if you are even a little bit of a baker or crafter, you probably already have a lot of the materials.
First, you'll want to bake your cookies and let them cool.
My family eats pretty healthy these days (one day I'll share that story), so I always make things as healthy as possible.
I made these cookies without dairy, egg, or gluten. I've gone through quite my share of recipes, as well as trying to use substitutes on my own recipes.
Hands down, the best one is from The Unconventional Baker. She shares recipes for chocolate roll-out and vanilla roll-out cookies.
Her instructions were great, and the cookies rolled out very well! Not to mention - they don't use cane sugar, and they taste just as a roll out cookie should.
After they cooled, I placed about eight of each type of cookie in a stack and put them into a ziploc bag. I folded the bag, so you wouldn't see the zipper part when placed in the box.
Then, I adorned the top gingerbread man from each pile with a little bow:)
Next, I took the candy melts and poured them into ziploc bags.
I also tied ribbon around these to make them look more festive.
I found these cute little containers at Dollar Tree (10 for $1) and filled them with sprinkles and candies for decorating.
I had all of these items in my pantry - so no additional cost for decorating materials :)
Next, I arranged everything into this Michael's box. They have the cutest boxes for all holidays and seasons - and I always seem to shop when they are 70% off, which made this box $3!
The last thing I did was add a few candy canes because they make everything look so festive.
If I had a little more room in the box, I would have added hot cocoa, paper cups, and cute straws, which would have made for a nice touch.
I spent only around $7 on this box, as I already had everything but the box and candy melts.
Spending only $7 on a gift is quite amazing, right?
This year, as you get caught in the whirlwind of the holiday season, remember that decorating cookies is something simple, thrifty, and delicious to give!
And, I'm sure if you start this Christmas Eve tradition of decorating cookies for Santa, your kids will remember and blissfully look forward to it each year.
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