Cookies for Santa – Decorating With Kids

December 15th, 2009 by Desiree Smith

It’s time to prepare a snack with your child for Santa’s visit. Where to start?

Cookies and Hot Chocolate for Santa

Cookies are good because they don’t need refrigeration and they’re easy to eat when you’re busy putting out those toys at 2 a.m., finishing the bike assembly at 3 a.m. or looking for the gifts you hid 30 days ago and can’t remember where you put them.

Decorated cookies are a great idea because you can let your child express their creativity and have fun. It’s a great family time experience. You can make things as simple as purchasing some “grocery store” sugar cookies and giving the little ones some tubes of Sparkle Gel. Add some sprinkles and sugars and you’re done quickly. A step up from that is to purchase a prebaked, preassembled, gingerbread house and decorate it. Santa might even leave a note that states, “looks good” or “reminds me of my house.”

You could select a recipe or project from, Wilton Gifts From the Kitchen book or the Wilton Cookie Exchange book but make sure it’s age appropriate so you avoid frustration and guarantee success.

Another quick idea is to use refrigerated dough and add about 1/4 tsp Wilton vanilla or almond extract, 1/4 cup flour and 1/4 cup finely chopped nuts plus some icing color for a flavorful, colored dough. Chill and slice or roll-out and cut out using a variety of cookie cutters.

Long before I worked at Wilton, my children and I made and decorated sugar cookies at every holiday….it’s a great tradition.

Desiree Smith Desiree is the Public Relations Manager at Wilton. She spends her days monitoring media opportunities, working with newspaper, magazine and television contacts, collaborating with bloggers and handling a variety of other odds and ends. Desiree has a degree in journalism and experience writing for newspapers and television. Outside of Wilton, she enjoys running and planning outings with friends.

16 Replies

  1. Marlene says:

    The cookies for santa above, they look like rice crispy treats cut out. Do you have a recipe for that or is it the regular rice krispy treats made thin and cut out with cutters. Please let me know I think the kids would love to do that. Thanks and Happy Holidays.

    • Nancy Siler says:

      Yes they are the regular rice cereal treat recipe. Consider adding chopped nuts and dried fruit mix to the recipe in a ratio of 1 cup of dried fruit and nuts to every 3 cups of cereal. That’s my favorite version of the rice cereal treats! You can also use the cocoa version or add icing color to the marshmallow/butter mixture for making green trees or yellow stars.

  2. Carol says:

    Love the chimney stack! Krispy treats …. so cute ~
    Think I’ll try it

  3. rosa aguirrre says:

    me encantan sus recetas espero entiendan mi idioma. gracias bye

  4. Oseni jane says:

    Hi, i like the rice krispy treat cookies above. But, i want to try wheat oat cereal with honey or sugar syrup for cookies. Will it work?

  5. myriamro says:

    i love the chimney!
    me encanto la chimenea bueno todo!

  6. Patience says:

    what a wonderful concept. I cant wait to go and try it on my own

  7. lyn says:

    I have an 11 year old girl who has shown a passion for cake decorating since she was 9. Are there any wilton classes that would be age appropriate for her?

    • Nancy Siler says:

      We do have approved Wilton classes for kids, but they are scheduled locally at the store level. My recommendation would be to contact stores in your area that offer classes and see if they have any kids classes coming up. You can use the store locator on our site to find class locations, if needed.

      You can also consider taking a course with your daughter. If your daughter is already decorating on her own, she should be able to keep up with your help. When she decides on a store, she can ask to be put in touch with the Wilton Method Instruction and the instructor can help guide her further.

  8. Mary Alice Thomas says:

    Hi There! We’ve used Wilton Sparkle Gel to decorate our Christmas cookies. But, the icing doesn’t seem to be drying?! I’m worries that it will just smear of I pack them into the biscuit tins. So, any suggestions? Please let me know AQAP! Mary Alice

    • Nancy Siler says:

      If you live in a high humidity area, the dried sparkle gel could remain a bit tacky. Stacking with parchment or waxed paper in between each cookie or in a layered format should help.

  9. mrs.victoria abimbola says:

    the cookies are nice,i will try them.
    happy holiday.

  10. mrs.victoria abimbola says:

    can you give me a good recipe for making wedding cake and preservatives
    happy holiday.

    • Nancy Siler says:

      You can really use most any firm cake recipe. A pound cake is always good and there are lots of flavors to choose from. On preserving cake layers, my suggestion would be to freeze the layers wrapped tightly in plastic wrap and foil until you need them. That allows you to bake ahead of time.

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