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Santa Cookies

The cutter I used to make these Santa’s was a hand-me-down from my mom. It was one that we didn’t always use because the small parts always seemed to break off.

Now that I am rolling my cookies a tad thicker, I knew it would hold up well.

This is what I came up with…

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(Click on the picture above to see a larger image.)

I did the first one with an edible food marker on the blank cookie to get my design right. After that they were just free handed.

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I love how each one has a little bit different personality!

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I actually meant these guys to have a black belt across the belly, but I was too quick to clean (for once) and had thrown out all my black buttercream. Oh well, I like em anyway!

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Christmas Coal

This idea I got from Pinterest. It blew my mind, just as much as the cake and soda thing. Sorry there aren’t more pictures, this was kind of a fast process and, well, I forget. You ever forget? It happened to me.

So you take an entire pack of Oreos (double stuf of course) and grind them to smithereens in the food processor. I hope that’s how you spell smithereens. Fun word.

This process is fast, so you want to have your pan ready to go. Take a sheet of wax paper and shove it in a 8×8 pan. (I guess you could use 9×9 but they’ll be a little thinner.) The paper won’t stay, but that’s okay for now. Rub butter all over it so that your treats won’t stick. Trust me, wax paper doesn’t taste so good.

Then in a large microwave-safe bowl, you take 5 cups of marshmallows – I used the minis (and yes this is how I measure a “cup” or marshmallows), and melt it with 4 tablespoons of butter (half a stick) until the marshmallows get puffy and the butter is melted (takes about 2 minutes, at 30 sec intervals).

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After it comes out of the microwave, stir in 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract. You can leave this out if you want, but I tried it both ways and with peppermint was much tastier!

Dump in the Oreo crumbles and mix mix mix until you can’t mix any more… It gets very hard, so have a strong man handy if possible to do your stirring. Once it’s good and mixed up, scoop it all into your pan and press it in as hard and as flat as possible. Make sure you get it good in the corners and everything. You want your coal to be pretty, right?

Now comes the hardest part. You have to wait. I did this in the evening and waited until the following evening to cut it. I’m guessing a couple hours would do it though.

Once the waiting is over, pull up the wax paper and pop out the massive chunk of coal and cut up into little squares. There you have it, Chrsitmas Coal!

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The texture is kind of like a tootsie roll. Chewy, soft, just a slight minty flavor… and come on – you can’t go wrong with something created from Oreos!

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I suspect kids would love this recipe, and it’s something they could definitely help with. Plus, it’s fast and easy, and doesn’t take much planning. I hope you will try it!

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Christmas Marshmallows

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Easy, gorgeous, and soo yummy! I will not reveal how many of these I ate. Mainly because I don’t know, I lost count!

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Christmas Cookies

I made a variety of Christmas cookies… enjoy!

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Snowflakes… the ones above have sprinkles on the icing, the ones below just have sprinkles on the buttercream details…

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Candy Canes…

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Christmas Trees…

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Peppermint candies… I used this technique from Bridget over at Bake at 350. I never would have thought of doing it that way.. brilliant.

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I piped the red lines on the wet white icing, the swirled it with a toothpick 3 times.

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I added lines on the sides the next day. The red icing bled into the white a bit, but it works because they’re peppermint candies!

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Elf feet… similar to my witches’ feet I did for Halloween.

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I used a food color marker to draw the shoes on the first few until I got the shape down right.

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Presents/Gifts… I am pretty much obsessed with these. The bows came out so much nicer than I expected!

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Gingerbread houses… I wanted to go candy/sprinkle crazy on these, but I didn’t have enough time.

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Rudophs… both the houses above and the rudoph heads were made with chocolate sugar cookie dough. More of these to come, but the recipe needs perfecting first.

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Santa Bellies…

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Ornaments…

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Penguins… I intended these to have cute little hats/ear muffs and hands/feet, but I ran out of time.

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Christmas Lights… I wanted to make every color, but I didn’t have any more frosting and icing to dye, and it was too late at night to make more just for a few lights… I like how they turned out with the sparkles though!

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So it was midnight… and like I said, I didn’t have anymore frosting  or icing, and didn’t feel like making more. So instead of these becoming the rest of the Santa Bellies as intended, they got the lazy treatment…

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and why were these the favorite of my family?! I swear I should just make circles for every holiday and cover them with sprinkles instead of doing all the fun little shapes. It would save me time and my sanity! On a brighter note, aren’t the sprinkles I used awesome?! Found them at Target while perusing down the baking aisle… I love Target.

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Christmas Cookie Favors

These are some Christmas cookie favors I made… It was a little last minute so I had to go with something simple yet festive.

I did Christmas Trees, Ornaments, and Snowflakes.

The Snowflakes are defnititely my favorite. I have been pinning snowflakes like crazy lately!

Each bag contained one of each cookie shape.

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