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Christmas cookies…my nightmare!!!!

As much as I love to bake I always fear the Christmas baking. There is always just too much. This year (and all the others since I’ve lived on my own) I have just waited way too long. It is 6 days until Christmas and not one cookie has been made. I ran to our local grocery store this morning and the baking aisle was a maze of stressed out women fighting over powdered sugar…ok well, maybe they weren’t actually fighting for it but in my mind I saw grandma 1 bop grandma 2 in the head with her cane while wrestling that last bag free from her grasp. Horrible, I know, but I get bored shopping.

So after getting my baking paraphernalia home, I looked at the loot and wanted to cringe. What was I thinking? I could have stuck with cut-out cookies that all I had to do was bake and the kids could go crazy with the icing and sprinkles. Nope, not Mary lol! I have to do it the hard way.

With 6 days to go, my baking list looks like this: Cut outs, peanut butter blossoms, mint chocolate chip cookies, snicker doodles, peanut butter balls, oreo balls, chocolate covered cherries and almond bark.

I end this entry while tying on an apron, wish me luck for today, the oven will surely conquer me.

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christmas craft for kids

Today I plan on making ornaments with my little ones that they can give as gifts. I’ll have to upload a photo when we are all done. These ornaments are called cookie dough ornaments because thats basically how you make them lol. Super easy and fun and you only need a few things that most have on hand anyways. Here is the recipe for the dough:

1 cup of flour

1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons of salt

1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons of HOT tap water

Combine the the flour and salt in a mixing bowl then slowly add the water kneading it as you would with bread dough on a floured surface for about 5 minutes.

Roll out and use cookie cutters to form desired shapes and let dry and harden. This will take 1-5 days depending on the thickness of the dough.  I try for 1/4 inch thick. Make sure that you use a knife to create a hole on top for a ribbon.

When your shapes are all dry and set, let the kids paint them however they like. Then tie a ribbon on top so it can hang on the tree.

Kids can give these out as gifts to loved ones, afterall who doesn’t cherish a homemade gift made from the heart of a child. Have fun making them!