Tis the season of joy, giving, thankful hearts, warm homes, and happy blessings. It can also be a time of reflection and meditation – remembering those who have gone before us and who may or may not be with us any longer. The most joyful thing about Christmas though is that Christmas is a season of promise – the promise of God to send us a savior. The promise of a baby, and He sent His own son.
Luke 2:1-7, New International Version (NIV)
The Birth of Jesus
2 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.2 (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born,7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
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Peanut had a blast shaking out the sprinkles. I made sure to use a cookie sheet with sides to capture the excess. I just love that he can be proud of the finished product. We used some cookies for the party and we sent some to Peanut’s grandparents.
Kid Fun Christmas Cookies
If you would like to make these delicious cookies, here is the recipe:
Classic Cutout Cookies
- 1 ½ cups butter (3 sticks) softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Cookie Cutters
- 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- colored sugar or sprinkles
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar on medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Scrape down sides if necessary.
- Add egg and vanilla; beat well
- Add flour; mix on low until just blended (dough will be soft, do not refrigerate.)
- Form lump of dough into large disk. If dough is too flaky you can add water, if it is too gooey you can add flour
- Roll out dough to ¼ to ½ – inch thickness with roller. I
- Cut shapes and move shapes to cookie sheet. Add sprinkles before baking if desired.
- Bake 10-12 minutes or until edges are golden.
If you plan to use these for a cookie party, here is an easy PDF of the Classic Cookie Cutout cookie recipe.
If you can get a pastry cloth and rolling pin cover for rolling out your dough it makes this project so much easier. I found these online at: The Baker’s Kitchen.
We used all sorts of sprinkles for our creations.
I put six cookies in each zip lock for our cookie exchange.
For the chocolate version this was our secret ingredient.
I used a double boiler from the Pampered Chef to melt the chocolate.
This drizzle makes the cookies even more delicious. Be careful – if you don’t distribute these right away you’ll be tempted to eat them all yourself. 🙂
Our gift boxes – packed with lots of LOVE.
If there is a special tradition you are starting or have been doing with your family I’d love to hear about it. Please leave a comment below. I pray you’re getting into the Christmas spirit and enjoying some fun memory making with your family.
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Originally Published Dec 5, 2012