Our kids LOVE to bake and decorate Christmas cookies, so I was really excited to share the fun of this tradition with some good friends this past weekend. One of my friends, Jennifer, and I went to WalMart the weekend before to shop for supplies, and I really realized how far my money could go since I was buying Great Value products and saving money on each of them.
My sweet friend Kristi offered to host the party at her house, which was great since her kitchen is a lot wider and more open than ours is. We baked some Great Value cinnamon rolls, which were a great snack to enjoy. I don’t know about you, but cinnamon rolls are a big tradition for Christmas morning. I love the idea of making them from scratch (and have before) but we all know there’s a lot to be done Christmas morning, and it’s more important to spend time with your loved ones than to be in the kitchen. Great Value cinnamon rolls provide an easy, inexpensive, tasty alternative.
Then we got down to the fun! We set up tons of toppings on the station Kristi put together, and Jennifer and I whipped up red & green buttercream icing to go along with the white (again – using Great Value products allowed me to make a TON of icing at a very reasonable cost)!
They had a blast with the cookies. Since Great Value cookie dough is so affordable, I was able to buy a lot and provide plenty of canvases for our little cookie artists.
And here are some of the masterpieces (the moms got gifted cookies in abundance, too)!
I got the kids colored aprons to wear and take home as party favors, and they humored the moms for a photo in them – aren’t they adorable?
If you’re looking for some time to fit in a little more holiday fun, let Great Value cookie dough and cinnamon rolls become a part of your traditions. You’ll save money & time, and get quality, great-tasting items to share with your family.
Now, if you remember in my previous post, I promised another cookie recipe along with five of my favorite cookies… here goes!
Easy Orange-Cranberry Cookies
Perfect for the holidays… and SOOOO easy!
- One tube of Great Value sugar cookie dough
- Zest of one large orange
- 1 teaspoon of orange extract
- 1 cup of dried cranberries
- Decorative sugar (clear)
- Open the tube of cookie dough and place into a large bowl. Let it sit out for 15 minutes or so, enough to soften and make it easier to add mix-ins.
- Add in the zest and orange extract, mixing well. Then add in the cranberries, making sure they’re evenly dispersed through the cookie dough.
- Roll the cookies into walnut-sized balls and sprinkle with decorative sugar. This is a larger size of sugar than granulated sugar, and it provides a nice sparkle and crunch to the cookie! Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown.
And now…. five of my favorite cookies:
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies
Eggless Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Oatmeal Cream Pies
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Whoopie Pies
Note: I am participating in the Great Value program with The Motherhood. I have been compensated for my time. All thoughts and opinions are honest and are my own.
What a great time and the cute little decorators are precious!
What fun! Those look yummy too! Looks like the kids & adults had a blast! :)
This looks like fun! I used to love to decorate cookies when I was younger.