Our Family Christmas Cookies

by Meghan

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Every year, for as long as I can remember, my family has spent the weekend before Christmas baking cookies by the baker’s rack full.  We test new recipes annually, but there are two we ALWAYS make – Whipping Cream Sugar Cookies and Gingerbread Cookies.

Iced Whipping Cream Sugar Cookies

Our Family Christmas Cookies

As promised in Curbing the Christmas Insanity, here are the recipes for my family favorites.  In addition to the listed ingredients below, you will also want to have cookie cutters, food coloring, sprinkles, mini M&Ms, red hots, and other festive cookie adornments.  Click the images below for recipes!

Whipping Cream Sugar Cookies

Making Memories with Holiday Baking - Whipping Cream Sugar Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies

Homemade Gingerbread Cookies - My Family's Favorite Recipe Pin

Quick & Easy Christmas Cookies

Easy Christmas Cookies - Recipe and Decorating Tips

Cookie Party!

Last year, Big M hosted her friends from playgroup for a cookie decorating party.  My husband was horrified at the prospect of multiple 2 year olds with icing loose in our house, but it went great!

Following the tips from my Crafting Guide, I covered the table surface with a piece of builder’s paper.  Then, I prepared a paper plate with cupcake wrappers, putting an assortment of cookie decorations in each wrapper… enough for them to use, not enough to cause a disaster if the plate fell on the floor.

Homemade Gingerbread Cookies - Host Cookie Party for Toddlers

I have these great frosting containers I got from Pampered Chef years ago – they are a pain to fill and clean, but great for kids vs. icing bags, which usually end up with all the icing squirting out the back end in their hands.  I found these on Amazon, which are similar.  You can fill them easily if you put the icing in a ziploc bag first, cut off a corner and squeeze it into the container instead of trying to fill it with a spoon or spatula.  To clean, a bottle brush works great getting in all those folds.

The kids had a blast, and watched a Sesame Street Christmas special while the moms cleaned up and packed up cookies.  Definitely something I will do again!

If you enjoyed this post, you might also enjoy Christmas Log Cabins and Easy Christmas Cookies.  You can find all of these, as well as all our great holiday finds from fellow bloggers, on our Christmas board on Pinterest.

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Here is a thought, use a quart size plastic bag or a sandwich bag inside the squeeze bottle container. Fold over the plastic edges over the top of the squeeze container and then put lid on.. All you have to do is throw the inserted plastic bag away….super easy clean up. I do this at school with my paint cups and I don not have to soak and scrub paint containers daily/weekly. Saves my hands form the detergent. Try it!

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Meghan December 13, 2014 - 3:06 pm

I will try that… I’m not sure you’d end up with much frosting in the bottle at that point – they aren’t that big to begin with!

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