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