Tuesday, December 03, 2019

virtual cookie exchange, day two . . .

That's MEEEEEE!
I love hops . . . it's such an easy-peasey way to visit other bloggers and gain new ideas on a central theme.  Fresh perspective, if you will!  I especially enjoy participating in blog hops that Carol, over at Just Let Me Quilt organizes.   She does such a great job!  Thanks, Carol!

Our family has always baked our way through the holidays.  We love the tried and true, but we also love to experiment and try new, fun things.  I'm always looking for ways to include the grandgirls so that they grow up appreciating the baking traditions and have fun memories in the kitchen, too!  So that's what I went for when trying to decide what I'd share today . . . 
Melted Snowman Sugar Cookies!

These were almost as much a craft as they were a cookie and the girls, especially Ellie, had a blast decorating them. I kept it simple.  I used Pillsbury refrigerated sugar cookie dough (the large package of 30 oz.).  I brought it to room temperature, then plopped it into the mixer along with two egg yolks, 1 cup of flour, and a teaspoon of vanilla.  I mixed it on medium high until the dough was smooth.
Then I had my very capable helper use the large scoop and plop the cookies onto a cookie tray lined with parchment paper.
While the cookies baked in a 350°F oven for 12-14 minutes or until lightly browned, Ellie and I assembled our 'tools'.
Regular marshmallows, white cookie icing, decorator gel in red and black, and edible marking pens. When we realized that we had more than enough dough for two full trays of cookies, but not quite enough for a third, Ellie suggested that we use the smaller scoop, get out the miniature marshmallows, and make baby snowmen.  
So we did!
Evey had to get in on the decorating ... who knew how much fun it would be to draw snowman faces on marshmallows?!? 
I did the carrot noses, but that was it ... Ellie and Evey did the rest of the decorating.
Ellie really thought outside the box.  She added the arms, buttons and scarfs to each snowman, but she also added a sprig of holly to the 'mama' snowmen (oh, and note the eyelashes, too) . . .
And a paci and blankie to the 'baby' snowmen . . .
Aren't they cute?? 
She told Evey that it didn't really matter if they were a little messy; they were melting, for heaven's sake! I mean, she makes a solid point!
Truly, we all had a blast, and it was super easy cleanup, to boot, which is always a bonus!  And the little girls didn't have to wait long to sample their wares . . .
Littlest bit had no desire to 'help', but was definitely in on the sampling!
As much fun to eat as they were to make!

I hope you enjoyed our fun ... if you make them, let me know!  And be sure to check out the rest of today's participants!

December 3rd
Count it *all* JOY!  this is me!

:)

31 expressed . . .:

Dorian said...

LOL those are just too cute!!! Both the cookies and the grands. Looks like a fun time was had by all. Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas!

Beatrice said...

How adorable! Both the cookies and your helpers. Thanks for sharing.

Melva said...

Those are adorable cookies! AND grands. Such fun and marvelous memories for them. And, yes, the snowmen are melting so it doesn't matter if they are a little messy. Great perspective!
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Linda in Calif. said...

Oh my! I so enjoyed your post today. I love your little girls and the things they say - "they are melting, for heaven's sake?". And they are all so cute eating those cookies! Such great memories you are making!

Calicojoan said...

Oh my goodness...that's what it's all about. What a fun day in the kitchen with those adorable little girls!

Carol S. said...

I would never have thought to add more eggs and flour to packaged cookie dough. Did it make it have more flavor and taste homemade? I love the idea! I also love the snowman cookies...how fun! I think I have some Monkey Boys that would jump right in to make these. The mini marshmallow ones are so cute. Thank you for sharing this wonderful cookie making idea and cute photos!

Deonn @ Quiltscapes said...

Oh, my goodness - those cookies are just delightful! How fun to have a cookie day with the littles. Adorable.

Karrin Hurd said...

What cute cookies, and children are adorable!

Lyndsey said...

Yum, we made the snowmen last year with our Rainbow group (5 to & year olds). They went down a storm and want to make them tomorrow. Love the photos of the girls.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Oh my goodness - so, so cute! And what fun to make with your grand girls! Thanks for sharing with us!

Farm Quilter said...

What an adorable, edible craft!!! Way to rock it, grandma!!! I didn't know about edible markers...something new to try.

LJ said...

What cute snowpeople cookies! I think you had a ball in the decorating and wow, really great help. Using mini marshmallows was a wonderful idea.

tink's mom said...

Your girls are so creative. Love how they ran with the basic idea and made them their own. The baby snowmen are way tooooooo cute.

marebear said...

Those cookies are the cutest ever! The kids look like they had a great time.

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Cute cookies, and the girls are sweet, the littlest reminds me of cindy lou who!

CathieJ said...

I love those cute cookies. What a wonderful way to have fun with the grandkids. They are adorable.

Sarah said...

I never would have thought of doctoring a roll of cookie dough, let alone the gorgeous, melty snowmen. I can see y’all had as much fun cooking as taste testing. Merry Christmas!!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

We do these on gram crackers - lots of fun to decorate - and eat.

fledglingquilter said...

Oh my gosh - how AWESOMELY cute!! LOVED this. Might steal this idea for the social group I monitor later this month!

Carla said...

Aww, your pictures of your helpers are so adorable as are those super sweet cookies. These are a must-try for sure. Thank you!

Brenda @ Songbird Designs said...

Oh my goodness, those are just adorable! What a neat way to involve the grandgirls in your fun!! They are cute as buttons themselves! This is a great idea to add to our "bake day at GiGi's!" this year!! Thank you for sharing!

sandi s said...

All the pictures are adorable! The girls did a wonderful job. Thank you for sharing the recipe and photos. Hugs,

Kim said...

What fun! I have enjoyed making melting snowmen cookies, too, and it's great to see you having fun doing it with the grandkids.

Needled Mom said...

Those are darling bakers ( and cookies).

Home Sewn By Us said...

Hi Denise! Could these get any cuter??!! And the cookies are adorable too. But the chefs are beyond cute. I can hardly wait to have some excellent helpers in my kitchen as well, and these cookies are going to be first on the list. LOVE this post so much. Merry Christmas to you and your family. ~smile~ Roseanne

Danice G said...

Really cute. The Melted Snowman cookies also look quite tasty.

krislovesfabric said...

Great looking cookies and your helpers did a fantastic decorating job :)

quilt101 said...

What fun you were all having! What a great idea to use marshmallows! So wonderful for you to share your girls with us and a fun recipe for us to try! I never would have thought to add to a store bought sugar cookie dough, will have to give it a try with my own grands!
Hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family!!
Carmen

Charlene McCain said...

Cutest bakers ever! And those cookies look delicious!! Perfect cookie to make with little ones.

Theresa said...

Those are so cute cookies. I bet the girls had a blast decorating.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

How cute! The girls did a great job!