Friday, December 23, 2011

Cookie Sheet Cookies & Christmas Greetings

I can't believe how FAST Christmas has creeped up on me!  There were so many cute things I wanted to bake and make. I didn't even get around to making any of our traditional Christmas cookies, but my husband and I do have a date in the kitchen set to make my favorite Christmas cookie~candy cane cookies!

To satisfy myself and handily make many cookies at once,  I baked some cookie sheet cookies! They were made using a sugar cookie recipe and iced with gray royal icing.  A playing card was used as the template for the mini cookie sheets. I also used some silver luster dust to make the cookie sheets look more authentic.  After it dried I attached the mini "cookies" with royal icing.

And look at all the "cookies"!  There's candy cane cookies, gingerbread men, and sugar cookies!  All of the "cookies" are made with either jumbo sprinkles, or pre-made (purchased) icing decorations.  For the snowmen "sugar cookies", I decorated the jumbo white sprinkles with edible markers.  How easy is that?

Making these did help me feel a lot better about not making the larger, "real" version of all my favorite Christmas cookies:)  Try it; they're very easy and fun!  I think they look pretty cute too.

All eight of my munchkins, together at last!
Refugio State Beach
Nov. 26, 2011

As cute as the cookies are, the cuteness factor of my munchkins far exceeds them (grandmas have bragging rights ya know:))  We would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas

I'd like to thank each one of you for your friendship and support!  I had no idea that this blog would bring with it so many rewards:)  Food bloggers are some of the nicest people on the planet! I look forward to continued association with all of you in 2012!
A real gingerbread boy:)

See you next year!

XO, Sue

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Elf Hat Peppermint Popcorn

Last year, inspired by Shelly's (Cookies and Cups) darling Santa Hat Party Mix, I made a Snowman Hat Snack in  January.  Since I'm ahead of the game (barely) this year, I knew a Chrismas-themed snack would be in the cards.  How about some Elf Hat Peppermint Popcorn? :) The peppermint popcorn idea was a sure thing after I saw Bridget's (Bake at 350) fabulous Peppermint Popcorn Crunch...YUM!

Edible Elf Hats

I did make a couple of modifications determined by the ingredients I had on hand, but I was happy with the results.

Elf Hats:
1 bag of bugles original flavored snack, 7.5 oz. bag
7 ounces of green candy melts (half of a typical bag)
red m&m's milk chocolate candies
sprinkles/colored sugar

Place a piece of wax paper on a work surface before you get started. Open the bugles and set aside the amount you will need for your elf hats (I made about 3 dozen) on the wax paper. Place some red m&m's in a bowl. Melt the candy melts as the package directs. Use a fork and dip each bugle in the green melted chocolate one at a time, until completely covered. Place a red candy at the tip of the bugle while the green chocolate is still wet. Place on wax paper to dry. Do this for each hat.
Once they are all dry, re-melt the green chocolate, dip the bottom rim of each little hat in it and then dip it directly in the sprinkles, or whatever you are using to decorate the rims. Set on wax paper to dry.

Peppermint Popcorn:
1 cup of unpopped popcorn
10 oz. package of m&m's candy cane kisses
1 cup m&m's red & green milk chocolate candies
salt to taste
canola oil

Pour oil into 4 quart sauce pan to cover bottom of pan.  Dump in all of the unpopped popcorn and cover with pan lid.  When the popcorn starts to pop, shake the pan over the heat until the popping stops. Add salt to taste. Divide the popcorn between two aluminum-lined, rimmed baking sheets.
Unwrap all of the candy cane kisses (while watching your favorite Christmas movie), and melt them in a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave.  Start melting for 1-minute and then 30-second increments until all the candy is melted and smooth. Pour evenly over all of the popcorn and mix.  At this point, also add the m&m's candies so that they will stick to the popcorn (I forgot to add them at this point, so they were loose in the mix).  Let dry.

Add the elf hats to the popcorn and gently toss.

This recipe made a BIG popcorn bowl of Elf Peppermint Popcorn! I snacked on plenty, and packaged a bag for each munchkin, near and far. It was very tasty~sweet and salty yumminess! 


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Monday, December 12, 2011

Gingerbread Men Sandwich Cookies

Today I am "In Katrina's Kitchen" as part of her cookie extrvaganza!  Hop on over there to see my gingerbread men sandwich cookies as part of her "I'll Bring the Cookies" event!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Rudolph's Nose~Cookie on a Stick {Easy-Peasy}

The plan was,  I was going to make Rudolph nose cookies (on a stick) for all of my munchkins when they were here at Thanksgiving, take a photo, post it here, and maybe even make it into a Christmas card.  That was the plan, but somehow when everyone converges on my home, many of my well-laid plans fly out the proverbial window. Of course I remembered my idea after 6/8 of the munchkins returned to Texas and Nevada:(  Sigh.

Now onto the easiest cookie on-a-stick ever...

I used a sugar cookie dough, rolled it out, grabbed a small (1.5-inch) biscuit cutter and went to town cutting out reindeer noses. I then inserted popsicle sticks and baked them. When cooled, they were iced using red (AmeriColor Super Red soft gel food paste) tinted royal icing.  While the icing was still wet I sprinkled on red decorating sugar. Let dry completely. 

Here's a pictorial:

The cookie on the left was baked with the stick inserted, but some bakers prefer to add the stick by attaching it with royal icing after it's baked. It's up to you.
Fill a decorating bag with the red royal icing, fitted with a #2 or#3 decorating tip. Outline the cookie with the icing.
Fill the cookie with the red royal icing. t doesn't have to be perfect since it's going to be covered in sanding sugar. :)
Immediately sprinkle red sanding sugar, liberally, over the cookie.
Shake off the excess sugar and save it for later.
Reindeer noses, all ready for the little ones (or big ones, for that matter, haha)!


That's all there is to it! I told you it was easy~peasy:)

How cute would these Rudolph Nose cookies on-a-stick be for a party favor or photo-op? As you can see,  very cute!


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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Reindeer Nose Cookies

Once again I was inspired by a cute and easy Christmas craft that I found on Pinterest, Reindeer Noses, from the blog, A Personal Touch.

The original noses were "made" with candy, but I thought it would be fun to make them instead with iced sugar cookies:) This is the easiest sugar cookies you will ever make!

Using my favorite sugar cookie/royal icing recipe, and a small (1-inch or so) round cookie cutter, I whipped these little noses up in no time at all.

I already have five jars packed up for the oldest munchkins (the other three are infants).  Now I just need to make some cute tags and send them off.

Each half-pint jar has 9 mini cookies: 1 red nose for Rudolph and 8 brown~1 each for Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen.

How cute are these for a sweet, little snack?

Your own munchkins will have fun nibbling on these noses:)

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