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I always love this time of year. Getting to spend time with family, building traditions, holiday entertaining with friends…cookie exchanges, shopping, visiting the trail of lights and Santa – the stuff priceless memories are made of.
The thing is, this season is also extremely chaotic. Ten million places to be, ten million things to do. Add to it that it is also birthday season for us, we are running non-stop. This year when Livia requested our traditional Christmas cookie making day I turned to NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® and their Rolled & Ready Sugar Cookie Sheets along with their Dark Chocolate Peppermint Refrigerated Cookie Dough and Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels to make our Holiday cookie party go a little smoother.
I have to say that I am absolutely in love with how easy these products were to use. They cut out hours of prep and are kid friendly which added to their excitement. Not only were the kids able to decorate their own cookies, but they also baked them and made their own fudge! Less prep, less clean up, and more memories? A sure-fire win in my book!
5 Kid Friendly Holiday Treat Ideas:
1. The Melting Snowman Cookie:
Livia definitely has a certain obsession with Melting Snowmen so it was definitely fitting when she requested to make one. All that is needed for this cookie is frosting, a marshmallow cut in half, and a little bit of creativity. I am in love with how cute it turned out!
2. Dark Chocolate Peppermint Buttons:
These cookies came straight out of the package ready to be baked and were absolutely delicious. Little man loved making them and the task of breaking them apart to place on the tray was great for building his fine motor skills. He was super proud of himself getting to bake cookies completely on his own.
3. Simple Shape Penguin Cookie:
With a little bit of frosting and some shape exploration your kids can easily make their own penguins! To make this adorable penguin have children draw a heart with frosting on their cookie and fill in both sides (one with black and one with white). Add two circles for eyes and a triangle for a nose and viola the cookie is done!
4. Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer:
Rudolph is one of my family’s Christmas favorites. My kids adore the story of the odd little reindeer who is capable of doing great and amazing things! Livia even asked this year, not if she could see Santa, but if she could meet Rudolph! How could we not make a Rudolph the Reindeer cookie? The simplicity of this cookie makes it easy enough for kids to do. The kids even had a blast adding in their own adornments to make their reindeer as unique as Rudolph!
5. The Easiest Chocolate Fudge You Will Ever Make:
Or as the Hubs calls it – 5 Star Fudge. 5 minutes, 5 ingredients, and so easy the kids can make it. The girls originally asked to make this to hand out as coal. Although we cut ours into squares which for them was close enough, this recipe could easily be poured into a mold to create a more coal-like look!
- 12 Ounces NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
- 14- oz can Condensed Milk
- 4 tbsp. Butter
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Vanilla to taste
- Prepare an 8x8 pan by lining it with aluminum foil and spraying the foil with nonstick cooking spray.
- Add Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels, Condensed Milk, and Butter together.
- Microwave for 1 minute.
- Stir until it is all melted together.
- Add vanilla and salt and stir until smooth.
- Pour the fudge into the prepared pan and smooth it into an even layer.
- Place the fudge in the refrigerator until set. Once set, cut into 1-inch squares and serve at room temperature. Store excess fudge in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Serving Size:1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g